The University of Memphis has introduced Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, one of their most accomplished sports alums, as the new head coach for the University of Memphis Men’s Basketball team.
Hardaway will be the 7th head coach for the Tigers’ Basketball Program, and he “felt that it was a part of God’s plan for him to be the head coach for the University of Memphis.”
Hardaway is recently known as a the former head coach of the Memphis East High School, which won their third straight TSSAA State Championship, and for his AAU team in Team Penny.
So far, the expectations of returning the Memphis Tigers back into the national spot will be Hardaway’s number one goal.
“I want to get back to the glory days when the seats were filled, and the student section was rocking,” Hardaway said. “My goal is to make it to the tournament every year.”
Hardaway still has to fill in his coaching staff, but he did confirm one of the hires during he talk with the Memphis media.
Tony Madlock was the interim head coach for the Ole Miss Rebels, replacing Andy Kennedy towards the tail in of their season. He was the back court teammate of Hardaway at the University of Memphis.
Although he has to relinquish the ties to the AAU circuit because of being a Division I head coach, that still didn’t stop him from securing possibly his first recruit to Memphis in Alex Lomax.
Lomax, rated as four-star prospect on ESPN, was the starting point guard for the Memphis East High School, and also played for Team Penny. He was the main target for the former Tigers coach Tubby Smith, but spurred him by committing to Wichita State during the early signing period.
Lomax is one of the several All-American players that Hardaway has coached at Memphis East High School.