|Conference||American Athletic Conference|
September 26, 1977 |
Glen Dale, West Virginia
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|3× C-USA Tournament championship (2011–2013)
2× C-USA regular season championship (2012, 2013)
|C-USA Coach of the Year (2013)|
Joshua Paul Pastner (born September 26, 1977) is an American college basketball coach and the 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.
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. However, he grew up in the Kingwood master-planned community of Houston, Texas. Josh Pastner is Jewish. Josh knew he wanted to be a coach since he was in 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 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. 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.
Pastner served as an assistant coach under Lute Olson at the University of Arizona from 2002 to 2008. 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.
Pastner's recruits from the 2010 high school class were ranked as one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. Pastner was named Sporting News C-USA Coach of the Year for the 2009–10 season.
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.
On March 21, 2013, the Tigers defeated the St. Mary's Gaels 54-52, giving Pastner his first NCAA tournament victory as a head coach. 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 per year. 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.
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.
Professional players coached
Head Coaching Record
|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–present)|
|2013–14||Memphis||24–10||12–6||T–3rd||NCAA Round of 32|
|Memphis:||148–58 (.718)||74–26 (.740)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Three of Pastner's former assistant coaches have gone on to their own career as head coach.
- Jason Gardner – IUPUI (2014–present)
- Jack Murphy – Northern Arizona (2012–present)
- Willis Wilson – Texas A&M–Corpus Christi (2011–present)
- Simpson, Corky (June 17, 2000). "Pastner rides the pine again – this time as a coach for Wildcats". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
- Pastner introduced as Memphis coach, Associated Press, April 7, 2009