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John Pelphrey

Associate Head Coach

John Pelphrey was named the associate head men's basketball coach at The University of Alabama on April 13, 2016. Pelphrey brings more than 20 years of assistant and head coaching experience to the Tide at the Division I level.

The addition of Pelphrey on the Crimson Tide bench not only adds someone who boasts multiple years as an assistant coach in the Southeastern Conference (Florida from 1996-2002 and 2011-15), but also brings nine years of head coaching experience (South Alabama from 2002-07 and Arkansas from 2007-11). In all, Pelphrey has spent 14 of his 22 years as a coach in the SEC.

"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. "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."

Prior to working as an analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network this past year, Pelphrey spent four seasons (2011-15) in what was his second go around as an assistant coach at the University of Florida. He was also on former Gator head coach Billy Donovan's staff from 1996-2002. During his 10 total years with the Gators, Pelphrey was instrumental in helping the team to four SEC championships and a total of seven NCAA tournament appearances, which included the 2000 national championship game, 2014 Final Four, Elite Eight appearances in 2012 and 2013 and the 1999 Sweet 16.

"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. "I have so much respect and admiration for Avery in 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 support 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!"

Sandwiched in between his two stints as an assistant coach at Florida, the Paintsville, Ky., native earned head coach positions at South Alabama for five seasons from 2002-07 and Arkansas for four seasons from 2007-11, earning two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Pelphrey holds a career 149-122 record (.550) as head coach, including an 80-63 mark (.559) at South Alabama and a record of 69-59 (.539) at Arkansas.

In 2005-06, Pelphrey guided the South Alabama Jaguars to a Sun Belt championship and the conference tournament title. That led to a spot in the NCAA Tournament, where South Alabama fell to Florida on the Gators' way to their first national championship. Pelphrey earned Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors that season as his team led the league in scoring margin and 3-point defense and finished second in steals and scoring defense. South Alabama also improved its offensive output by 11 points over the previous season and finished 24-7.

In his final season at South Alabama, Pelphrey guided the Jaguars to a 20-12 mark (13-5 Sun Belt) and an appearance in the NIT.

In 2007, Pelphrey was tabbed to lead the Arkansas program and responded by leading the team to 23 wins in 2007-08, the best total by a first-year coach in the school's history. The Razorbacks also went to the SEC Tournament final and into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas' win against No. 24 Indiana in the Big Dance was its first since 1999. That squad finished with a 23-12 record and reached as high as No. 18 in the national polls and posted a 6-2 record against ranked opponents. Those 23 wins were the most at Arkansas since 1999.

During his stint as the Razorbacks' head coach, Pelphrey coached four All-SEC performers (Sonny Weems, Michael Washington, Courtney Fortson, Rotnei Clarke) and two SEC All-Freshman honorees (Fortson, Marshawn Powell). He was also instrumental in recruiting eventual All-SEC performer B.J. Young.

Prior to Pelphrey's first stint as a Florida assistant, he spent two seasons on Donovan's staff at Marshall, where the Thundering Herd went 18-9 in 1995 and 17-11 in 1996 after going 9-18 the year before they arrived. Prior to that, Pelphrey spent a season as an assistant coach under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State in 1994, where the Cowboys went 24-10 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Pelphrey began his coaching career following one season playing professionally in France and Spain.

Pelphrey played two years at Kentucky under Sutton and three under Rick Pitino. Part of UK's class known at The Unforgettables, he was inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame in 2005 and named the Wildcats' Student-Athlete of the Year in 1989. His jersey number (No. 34) was retired in 1992. During his Kentucky career, he started 90 of 114 games and finished with a career scoring average of 11.0 points.

Named Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky as a senior at Paintsville High School in 1987, he scored 2,477 points and grabbed 1,316 rebounds in his career.

Pelphrey is married to the former Tracy Lyon and they have a son, Jaxson and a daughter, Grace.

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