Josh Pastner

Josh Pastner (born September 26, 1977) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the Memphis Tigers. Pastner was a player on the 1997 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball national championship team, an assistant coach at the University of Arizona under Lute Olson and at the University of Memphis under John Calipari. Pastner has been praised for being a tireless recruiter as well as possessing a superior work ethic. His hometown is Kingwood, in Houston, Texas. Josh Pastner is the son of Hal Pastner, a local AAU, high school coach and basketball promoter in the Houston area. Josh knew he wanted to be a coach since the 5th grade. By the age of 13 he was publishing the Josh Pastner Scouting Report of local high school talent in the Houston area. At the age of 16, the Houston Hoops AAU squad was turned over to Pastner by his father, his first job as a head coach. While an AAU coach, Pastner coached future NBA players such as Emeka Okafor, T. J. Ford and Daniel Gibson. Josh Pastner was a walk-on freshman at the University of Arizona in 1997, en route to the NCAA national championship. After winning the NCAA title, Pastner was able to finish his degree in only two...

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