Pooh Williamson

Assistant Coach: University of Memphis 

 

Alvin “Pooh” Williamson had spent time from 2001-04 and 2013-16 as an assistant coach on Tubby Smith’s staff at Tulsa, Texas Tech, and Memphis.

 

He was the first player Smith recruited in his first head-coaching roll at Tulsa, and was a four-year letterwinner at Tulsa, helping the Golden Hurricane to two consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.

 

While with Texas Tech he worked with the Red Raiders’ backcourt, while also assisting with scouting and recruiting. He has been a part of coaching staffs that have guided teams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 13 seasons.

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Joe Esposito

Assistant Coach: University of Memphis 

 

The upcoming 2017-18 season will be Joe Esposito’s 11th consecutive season in working on a Tubby Smith-led coaching staff, having worked with Smith at Minnesota, Texas Tech and Memphis.

 

He comes into his second season with the Tigers with nearly three decades of coaching experience, including 27 in the collegiate level.

 

While at Memphis, he helped secure the top recruiting class in the American Athletic Conference with eight total newcomers.

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Saul Smith

Assistant Coach: University of Memphis 

 

Smith begins his second season as assistant coach with the Memphis Tigers after spending the previous three seasons at Texas Tech as the director of video production and team video coordinator.

 

While working with the Red Raiders he assisted the staff in breaking down game and practice video along with statistical metrics.

 

This season will mark his 11th season as an assistant coach, including six seasons at Minnesota. He oversaw the Golden Gophers’ guard development and ball handling improvement. He developed five players who would end their Minnesota careers on the program’s 1,000-point scoring list.

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Steven “Zo” Goodson

Director of Operations: University of Memphis 

 

Goodson, Memphis’ new Director of Operations, has worked with Tubby since he was a student-manager at Kentucky from 2001-05.

 

At Texas Tech, Goodson was the Director of Operations, where he was involved with all facets of the Texas Tech program. He spent the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons as the assistant director of operations and director of player development. His role saw him be in charge of player personnel and player development. He also coordinated team travel, and served as the program’s liaison to various areas within the athletics department.

 

He organized the team’s 2015 foreign tour to Canada, where the Red Raiders played four games during a five-day stretch with stops in Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa.

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Butch Pierre

Director of Player Personnel: University of Memphis

 

University of Memphis head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith has announced that long-time assistant coach Butch Pierre has joined the men’s basketball staff as the director of player personnel.

 

He was most recently an assistant head coach at N.C. State during the 2016-17 season. At N.C. State, he helped coach recent NBA lottery pick Dennis Smith Jr., who was drafted with the No. 9 overall selection by the Dallas Mavericks.

 

Before his season with the Wolfpack, Pierre spent eight seasons on the staff at Oklahoma State, where he was the associate head coach. The Cowboys made five NCAA Tournament appearances with Pierre on staff. During his time with Oklahoma State, the Cowboys had two Big 12 Players of the Year (Marcus Smart and James Anderson) and two Big 12 Freshman of the Year award winners (Smart, Jawun Evans, LeBryan Nash).
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