Former Portland Trail Blazers point guard and current University of Memphis Assistant Coach Damon Stoudamire has been offered the head coaching position at University of the Pacific, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman:
Pacific has offered the job to Damon Stoudamire, sources told ESPN. Likely to accept the job.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 16, 2016
The development was corroborated by CBS' Gary Parrish:
Stoudamire will definitely accept, I’m told, long as there are no last-minute issues. Should be official Wednesday. https://t.co/Yt3fzlN4um— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 16, 2016
Stoudamire would replace Ron Verlin as Pacific's coach. Verlin was let go amid allegations of NCAA violations.
Stoudamire grew up in Portland, graduating from Wilson High School. He was drafted by the Toronto Raptors and was named Rookie of the Year in 1996, edging the Blazers' own Arvydas Sabonis. Stoudamire spent 8 years with the Blazers from 1997-2005, averaging 12.8 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.5 rebounds for his hometown club.
After playing 13 seasons in the NBA, Stoudamire served as director of player development at Rice University and as an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, the University of Memphis, and the University of Arizona before returning to the University of Memphis.