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Former NBA coach Sam Mitchell joins Memphis Tigers staff

Former NBA Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell is joining Anfernee Hardaway’s first coaching staff at the University of Memphis.

Hardaway told reporters on Wednesday that he had finalized a deal to hire Mitchell, who has never coached at the collegiate level.

The 54-year-old Mitchell joins former NBA player Mike Miller and Tony Madlock, a former teammate of Hardaway’s with the Tigers, as assistants on his staff.

Mitchell was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year after the 2006-07 season when he guided the Toronto Raptors to a 47-35 record. He last was a head coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015-16. He has a career record of 185-242 in six seasons, five with the Raptors.

He also has been an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets and Timberwolves.


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