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Pacific Offers Coaching Job to Damon Stoudamire

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Former NBA Rookie of the Year and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire has been offered the head coaching position at University of the Pacific.

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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:

The development was corroborated by CBS' Gary Parrish:

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.