Avery Johnson Confirms That John Pelphrey Has Been Added to Alabama Coaching Staff
Alabama men's basketball coach Avery Johnson confirmed the news that many had been anticipating. Former Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey has been added to the coaching staff and a formal announcement should come later on Wednesday.
Johnson made that announcement on The Chris Stewart Show.
"We're going to have an official announcement, but I can tell you now that John Pelphrey has been added to our staff," Johnson said. "Outstanding player at Kentucky. He's been an awesome coach at Florida, coached in a Final Four. He's been a head coach twice - once at South Alabama and at Arkansas - so he knows the SEC."
Pelphrey led the Razorbacks to a 69-59 record over four seasons before being dismissed by the school. Prior to that, he went 80-67 during his five years as the South Alabama head coach. He was an assistant coach at Florida from 2011-2015 under Billy Donovan and spent the past season as an analyst for the SEC Network.
“My family and I are very humbled and excited about the opportunity to be a part of Avery Johnson's basketball staff and family,” Pelphrey said in a school release. “I have so much respect and admiration for Avery in the approach he took to get to know us. He really made my wife Tracy and I feel wanted. I am looking forward to serving and support coach Johnson, our staff and the student-athletes in any way that I can to help this program keep moving forward. The University of Alabama is a wonderful institution with a proud tradition. It is an honor to now be a part of it and the Tuscaloosa community. Roll Tide and Buckle up!”
Pelphrey is replacing assistant Scott Pospichal, who returned to his home state of Texas after one season with Alabama.
You can listen to Avery Johnson's entire comments on his new assistant coach below.