Korn Ferry Places Head Basketball Coach at Vanderbilt

April 9, 2019 – Just a few months after recruiting Vanderbilt University’s athletic director, Korn Ferry has placed NBA legend Jerry Stackhouse as the school’s new men’s head basketball coach. Bryce Drew, whose teams had a record of 40-59 over his three years as coach, was let go last month.

The hiring comes after an extensive national search. “The future is bright for the men’s basketball team with such an accomplished individual at the helm,” said athletics director Malcolm Turner. “Jerry brings a unique mix of experience as a legendary player and successful coach, and I fully expect he’ll take the program to new heights. I’ve spoken with people inside and outside both college and professional basketball, and there is unanimous agreement that Jerry’s competitiveness, grit and tireless focus on player development are a perfect fit to advance the ‘Vanderbilt Way’ in college athletics.”

“Jerry Stackhouse‘s storied career speaks for itself — he embodies Vanderbilt’s commitment to excellence, on and off the court,” said chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. “Jerry is a true competitor who will carry on Vanderbilt’s legacy of comprehensively developing student-athletes to excel in everything they do — on the court, in the classroom and in their lives. I am thrilled to welcome him to Vanderbilt.”

A first-year assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies following two seasons as head coach of the NBA G League’s Raptors 905, Mr. Stackhouse takes the reins of a Vanderbilt program that boasts three SEC regular season titles, two conference tournament titles and 15 NCAA Tournament appearances.

After playing for legendary head coach Dean Smith and earning Sports Illustrated Player of the Year, All-America first team and All-ACC honors at North Carolina, Mr. Stackhouse was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the third overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. A two-time All-Star with the Detroit Pistons (2000, 2001), Mr. Stackhouse appeared in 970 games for eight teams during his 18-year NBA career.


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“I am extremely excited to join the Vanderbilt family and build on the incredible accomplishments of its athletics program and men’s basketball program,” said Mr. Stackhouse. “I look forward to furthering Vanderbilt’s unique approach to athletics — blending a powerhouse competitive spirit with elite academics to holistically develop talented student-athletes and celebrate victories on and off the court.”

Recent AD Placement

Korn Ferry placed Mr. Turner as Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director effective Feb. 1. Jed Hughes, who heads Korn Ferry’s sports practice, led that assignment alongside senior associate Kyle Bowlsby.

“I set out to find a thought leader with the skill-set and vision to manage the next stage of transformation for Vanderbilt athletics, and that’s exactly what we found in Malcolm Turner,” said Mr. Zeppos. “Malcolm is a proven executive with deep expertise in multiple business disciplines including management, marketing and development across the sports landscape of teams, leagues, facilities and major events.”

Mr. Hughes is renowned for identifying, assessing and developing leaders for sports organizations. His relationships within sports and intercollegiate athletics are extensive, having spent 20 years coaching in professional and intercollegiate football and working for five Hall of Fame coaches. Jason Belzer of Forbes has called Mr. Hughes the most valuable connector of the sports industry. Mr. Bowlsby is also experienced in managing high-profile executive transitions at the collegiate level, joining Korn Ferry’s global sports practice in 2015.

Earlier this year, Korn Ferry launched a search for a new commissioner for the Big Ten Conference. Jim Delany, who has held the commissioner role for 30 years, will step down when his contract expires at the end of June 2020. The search will be led by Mr. Hughes.

Related: Collegiate Sports Associates Finds Head Basketball Coach for University of Georgia

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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