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Paintsville native, former Kentucky Mr. Basketball named new Tennessee Tech men's basketball head coach

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Published: Apr. 6, 2019 at 4:27 PM EDT
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John Pelphrey will move out of the SEC, but take a step up the coaching ranks. The Paintsville native and former Kentucky Mr. Basketball was named the new Tennessee Tech men's basketball head coach, the school announced on Saturday.

Pelphrey formal introduction as the new men's basketball head coach will be on Friday, April 12th at 4:15 ET, according to the school's website. A standout basketball player at Paintsville, Pelphrey went to the University of Kentucky along with fellow Eastern Kentucky native Richie Farmer. Both were a part of the 1992 Elite 8 game against Duke, when Christian Laettner ended the Wildcats' season with the iconic buzzer beater.

Pelphrey spent three years at Alabama as an assistant coach to Avery Johnson. Johnson was let go in March by the university.

This is not Pelphrey's first time at the helm of a program. He was head coach at South Alabama from 2002-2007, and at Arkansas from 2007-2011. He has a career 149-122 record as a head coach.