Alabama coach Avery Johnson has apparently found a quick replacement for an assistant coach opening vacated by by Scott Pospichal.
Former Arkansas head coach (2007-11) and Florida assistant coach (2011-15) John Pelphrey reportedly interviewed with Alabama Wednesday and has agreed to become the Crimson Tide associate head coach alongside Johnson, according to a report from Gatorsports.com.
Pelphrey spent a year away from coaching after four seasons as an assistant with former Florida coach Billy Donovan, who left to coach the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA.
Pelphrey was an assistant at Oklahoma State (1993-94) following a productive career as a Kentucky forward (1988-92) under Rick Pitino. He was one of the players defending Christian Laettner on “The Shot” at the buzzer that defeated the Wildcats and propelled Duke to the 1992 Final Four.
Pelphrey was an assistant with Donovan from 1994-2002 with the first two seasons coming on the staff at Marshall. The remaining time was at Florida until he took a head coaching position with South Alabama (2002-2007) and then Arkansas (2007-2011) before returning to the Gators.
Pelphrey wanted the Florida head coach opening last season, but it went to former Louisiana Tech coach Mike White. Now, he is back in the fold at Alabama.