TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson announced Wednesday afternoon the hiring of John Pelphrey as associate head coach.
Pelphrey replaces Scott Pospichal, who left the Crimson Tide’s staff after one season.
Pelphrey spent the last year as an analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach under Billy Donovan at Florida (2011-15). Pelphrey was the coach at Arkansas from 2007-11.
“I am very excited to welcome Coach John Pelphrey, his wife Tracy and his entire family to the Alabama men’s basketball program,” Johnson said in a university news release. “John brings a wealth of coaching experience to our program, and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber join our staff. We are glad he is back in the Southeastern Conference where he has spent a majority of his career as a player and a coach. He has a vast amount of knowledge about the game, is a very good teacher of the game and will be a great fit in our program.”
During his time at Arkansas, Pelphrey led the Razorbacks to a 69-59 record and one trip to the NCAA tournament. Arkansas finished 18-13 in his final season. In all, Pelphrey is 149-126 for his career as a coach, which includes five seasons at South Alabama.
“My family and I are very humbled and excited about the opportunity to be a part of Avery Johnson’s basketball staff and family,” Pelphrey said in a university news release. “I have so much respect and admiration for Avery and the approach he took to get to know us. He really made my wife Tracy and I feel wanted. I am looking forward to serving and supporting coach Johnson, our staff and the student-athletes in any way that I can to help this program keep moving forward. The University of Alabama is a wonderful institution with a proud tradition. It is an honor to now be a part of it and the Tuscaloosa community. Roll Tide and Buckle up!”