Vanderbilt hires Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse

 Vanderbilt hires Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse

Vanderbilt has hired Memphis Grizzlies assistant and former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse as its men’s basketball coach.

Stackhouse succeeds Bryce Drew, who was fired March 22 after going 40-59 in three seasons. Vanderbilt was 9-23 this season and the first SEC team in 65 years to go winless in the league.

Athletic director Malcolm Turner said Friday that Stackhouse brings a “unique mix of experience as a legendary player and successful coach, and I fully expect he’ll take the program to new heights.”

Stackhouse, an 18-year NBA veteran and two-time All-Star, was considered in NBA coaching searches last year by Toronto, New York, Charlotte and Orlando after his success coaching the Raptors’ NBA G-League team.

He went 70-30 in two seasons with the Raptors 905, reaching the finals twice and winning a championship. He was the league’s coach of the year for 2016-17.