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Tennessee Tech hires John Pelphrey as new men’s basketball coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles has hired John Pelphrey as the team’s new men’s basketball coach. He replaces Steve Payne, who left the program after the season.

Pelphrey is the 13th head coach in program history.

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“It’s an honor and privilege to be at Tennessee Tech,” Pelphrey expressed. “My family and I, and our staff, were looking for a place where we could go and learn, lead and take on challenges in college basketball. We’re very appreciative of Mark Wilson and his pursuit of us. We have complete confidence and trust in him. We love the alignment between him and President Oldham and their vision for basketball at Tennessee Tech moving into the future, and we are very, very excited to be a part of that.

“We understand that there’s a lot of work to do, but we’re going to embrace that. We’re looking forward to developing relationships with the team, everyone at Tennessee Tech and the community of Cookeville.”

He served the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Alabama Crimson Tide from 2016-19. He also spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Florida Gators from 2011 through 2015.

Before Florida, he was the Arkansas Razorbacks head coach from 2007-08 through 2010-11. He had a 69-59 record, including a 25-39 record in the Southeastern Conference.

His best record was a 23-12 record during his first year at the school in 2007-08. After two losing records, he guided the team to an 18-13 record in 2010-11.

He also served as the South Alabama Jaguars head coach, where he went 80-67 in five seasons. He also had a 44-35 record in the Sun Belt Conference.

Pelphrey had back-to-back 20-win seasons at the school, including a career-best 24-7 record in 2005-06.

He also served as a Florida Gators assistant coach from 1996 through 2002. He was a Marshall Thundering Herd assistant coach for two seasons in 1994 through 1996.

Pelphrey began his coaching career with the Oklahoma State Cowboys in 1993-94.


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