Josh Pastner

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Josh Pastner
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Georgia Tech
Conference ACC
Record 0–0 (–)
Biographical details
Born (1977-09-26) September 26, 1977 (age 38)
Glen Dale, West Virginia
Playing career
1996-2000 Arizona
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002–2008 Arizona (assistant)
2008–2009 Memphis (assistant)
2009–2016 Memphis
2016–present Georgia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 167–73 (.696)
Accomplishments and honors
C-USA Tournament championship (20112013)
C-USA regular season championship (2012, 2013)
C-USA Coach of the Year (2013)

Joshua Paul Pastner (born September 26, 1977)[1][2] is an American college basketball coach and the head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. 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.


Early years[edit]

Pastner was born in Glen Dale, West Virginia, in the state's northern panhandle, the son of Marla and Hal Pastner, who is a high school/AAU coach and basketball promoter in the Houston area.[3][4] However, he grew up in the Kingwood master-planned community of Houston, Texas.[5] Pastner is Jewish[citation needed], and knew he wanted to be a coach since he was in the 5th grade.[6] By the age of 13 he was publishing the Josh Pastner Scouting Report of local high school talent in the Houston area.[7] 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.[7] While an AAU coach, Pastner coached future NBA players such as Emeka Okafor, T. J. Ford and Daniel Gibson.

Playing career[edit]

Josh Pastner was a walk-on freshman on the 1997 NCAA championship University of Arizona basketball team. After winning the NCAA title, Pastner was able to finish his degree in only two and a half years, taking as many as 33 units per semester.[8] He earned his bachelor's degree in Family Studies from Arizona in December 1998. He finished his master's in Teaching and Teacher Education in December 1999 before beginning work on his doctorate and starting his coaching career in 2000 as a graduate-assistant under Lute Olson at Arizona.

Coaching career[edit]

Pastner served as an assistant coach under Lute Olson at the University of Arizona from 2002 to 2008.[9] Prior to Olson's retirement, Pastner left the University of Arizona to serve as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Memphis during the 2008-2009 season. Pastner earned a reputation as a tireless recruiter during his years as an assistant coach.[8][10]

On April 6, 2009, Josh Pastner was selected to replace John Calipari as head coach at the University of Memphis.[11] Pastner's first contract with Memphis was for $4.4 million over five years.[12]

Pastner's recruits from the 2010 high school class were ranked as one of the best recruiting classes in the nation.[13] Pastner was named Sporting News C-USA Coach of the Year for the 2009–10 season.[14]

After a 2010-2011 season which included a Conference USA tournament championship and appearance in the 2011 NCAA tournament, Pastner signed a 5 year, $1.7 million (annually) contract extension with the Tigers.[15] After starting his career 0-13 against ranked teams, Pastner coached the Tigers to a 73-68 victory over #5 Oklahoma State on December 1, 2013.[16]

On March 21, 2013, the Tigers defeated Saint Mary's 54–52, giving Pastner his first NCAA tournament victory as a head coach.[17] On the heels of his first NCAA victory and the signing of a top 5 recruiting class for 2013, Pastner's contract was extended through 2019–20 and his pay was raised to $2.65 million per year.[18][19][20]

The 2013–14 Tigers entered the season ranked #13 in the country, though the team ultimately earned an 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament and lost by 18 points in the Round of 32 to Virginia. The 2014–15 Tigers did not make the NCAA or NIT tournaments, which marked the first time in 15 years that the Tigers had missed the postseason.

On April 8, 2016, Pastner was hired to be the new head coach at Georgia Tech.[21]

Professional players coached[edit]


Head Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Memphis Tigers (Conference USA) (2009–2013)
2009–10 Memphis 24–10 13–3 2nd NIT Second Round
2010–11 Memphis 25–10 10–6 4th NCAA Round of 64
2011–12 Memphis 26–9 13–3 1st NCAA Round of 64
2012–13 Memphis 31–5 16–0 1st NCAA Round of 32
Memphis Tigers (American Athletic Conference) (2013–2016)
2013–14 Memphis 24–10 12–6 T–3rd NCAA Round of 32
2014–15 Memphis 18–14 10–8 T–5th
2015–16 Memphis 19–15 8–10 7th
Memphis: 167–73 (.696) 82–36 (.695)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2016–present)
2016–17 Georgia Tech 0–0 0–0
Georgia Tech: 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–)
Total: 167–73 (.696)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Coaching Tree[edit]

Four of Pastner's former assistant coaches have gone on to their own career as head coach.

Assistant coaches[edit]


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  2. ^ Simpson, Corky (June 17, 2000). "Pastner rides the pine again – this time as a coach for Wildcats". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
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  21. ^ "Pastner: Ga. Tech rebound won't happen overnight". Retrieved 2016-04-11.