The Arizona Wildcats filled a coaching need on Monday when they announced that they had hired a new assistant coach.
The team was lacking in that department after former Arizona guard Damon Stoudamire took a coaching position at Memphis to be closer to his sons.
According to College Basketball Talk, the Wildcats hired veteran coach Mark Phelps to be the new assistant coach.
Phelps is a former head coach at Drake University and has an impressive resume. He led the Bulldogs to two CIT appearances in his six year tenure with the team. He has also been an assistant at Missouri, NC State, Arizona State, and Marquette.
“Mark Phelps and I have known each other since 1996, when we started working together at NC State,” Arizona head coach Sean Miller said in the release. “Since then, Mark has been the head coach at Drake University and worked as an assistant coach in some of the most competitive conferences in college basketball, including the Pac-12.He is a person of high character, an excellent teacher of the game and a relentless recruiter. He represents the ‘total package’ as an assistant coach. I am excited to add him and his family to our staff and the future of Arizona basketball.”
Stoudamire’s position will be tough to fill, but Phelps realizes that he can help the Wildcats in a big way. Maybe this is just what they needed to get over the Sweet Sixteen hump they have been battling.
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