Pacific trying to hire ex-NBA Rookie of Year Damon Stoudamire as coach

Pacific has offered its vacant men’s basketball job to former NBA Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire, and the current University of Memphis assistant is likely to formally accept the position Wednesday, a source told CBS Sports on Tuesday night.

“Unless something crazy happens, he’ll be [Pacific’s] coach,” a source said.

The most obvious thing that could disrupt Pacific’s plan would be if Portland, a fellow West Coast Conference school, also offered its opening to Stoudamire. Portland fired Eric Reveno earlier Tuesday. Stoudamire is from Portland. He also played eight seasons professionally with the Blazers from 1997 to 2005.

“Damon is a legend in Portland,” a source said.

Stoudamire, 42, played four seasons of college basketball for Lute Olson at Arizona, then 13 years in the NBA before entering the coaching profession. He’s been an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Tigers and Arizona Wildcats.

Stoudamire would replace Ron Verlin as Pacific’s coach.

Verlin was suspended and then fired amid allegations of NCAA violations.

Damon Stoudamire has been offered Pacific’s job. (USATSI)


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