Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tubby Smith Adds Saul Smith to Staff at Memphis

New head coach Tubby Smith has completed his coaching staff at Memphis. 

Smith has added former UK player Saul Smith as an assistant coach. 

Here's a release from UM:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Newly-minted head men's basketball coach Tubby Smith has completed his Memphis coaching staff with the additions of former Texas Tech staffers Pooh Williamson, Joe Esposito, Saul Smith, and Steven "Zo" Goodson.

"I think we put together a staff that I am familiar with that brings continuity and consistency to help us recruit the type of players that are going to fit our system and our style," said Smith.

Williamson, Esposito, and Smith will be assistant coaches with the Tigers, while Goodson will be the Director of Basketball Operations. Keelon Lawson will remain on staff as the Director of Player Development.

This group helped Texas Tech snap a streak of seven-consecutive seasons in which the Red Raiders had missed the NCAA Tournament. In 2016 Texas Tech was the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.

"Alvin 'Pooh' Williamson, who played for me at Tulsa, was one of the best point guards I have ever coached," said Smith. "He has excellent knowledge of the game and has recruited some outstanding players in a lot of different regions. He is a young, energetic coach that is going places.

"Joe Esposito, who has worked this state before at Tennessee State, has been with me for nine years. He has excellent skills in coaching and has that 'New York flavor'. He will help us in a lot of ways. He has been a head coach before, he has worked a number of jobs, and I don't think there is a place he hasn't been to recruit.

"Saul Smith played for me also, and has worked in this state at Tennessee Tech. We have brought in guys that had connections to this region. Saul played on the National Championship team at Kentucky in 1998, and is a knowledgeable coach who has excellent contacts – as all of these guys do – around the country.

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