Jerry Stackhouse is now in his second season at the helm of the Vanderbilt men’s basketball team in 2020-21. He was named the program’s 28th head coach on April 5, 2019.
In his first season with the Commodores, Stackhouse’s ability to push his team to its fullest potential was on display. His creative offensive sets enabled Vanderbilt star Aaron Nesmith to lead the nation in 3-point field goals made and 3-point field goal percentage (before a foot injury sidelined him after 14 games) and propelled junior guard Saben Lee to three 30-point games and a second-team All-SEC selection.
The Commodores knocked off nationally-ranked LSU behind a pair of 30-point performances from Lee and Maxwell Evans – the first time since 2008 that a team in the SEC accomplished the feat – and Vanderbilt noticeably improved as the season progressed. The Commodores won their last two regular-season games (at Alabama, vs. South Carolina) and became a squad that teams in the Southeastern Conference did not want to play.
After serving as an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies following two seasons as head coach of the NBA G League’s Raptors 905, Stackhouse took the reins of a Vanderbilt program that boasts three SEC regular-season titles, two conference tournament titles and 15 NCAA Tournament appearances.
As head coach of Raptors 905, Stackhouse earned NBA G League Coach of the Year honors after he steered the team to a 39-11 regular season record and 6-1 playoff record in 2016-17, en route to the team’s first NBA G League championship. The following season, Stackhouse led the Raptors 905 to a 31-19 regular season record and a second straight appearance in the NBA G League Finals.
Prior to taking the head coaching job in the G League, Stackhouse was an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors during the 2015-16 season.
In his 18-year NBA career, Stackhouse appeared in 970 games (564 starts) for eight teams and averaged 16.9 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 31.2 minutes. A two-time All-Star with the Detroit Pistons (2000, 2001), Stackhouse posted career highs of 29.8 points (second in the NBA) during the 2000-01 season, leading the league in total points and free throws made. He reached the 2006 NBA Finals as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
After playing for legendary head coach Dean Smith and earning Sports Illustrated Player of the Year, All-America first team and All-ACC honors at North Carolina, Stackhouse was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the third overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. He was named to the 1995-96 NBA All-Rookie first team after leading all first-year players in scoring (19.8 points).
In 2011, Stackhouse launched Stackhouse Elite, an AAU program based in Atlanta, Georgia. The program captured numerous titles in the 15U, 16U, and 17U divisions.
Stackhouse prepped at Kinston (N.C.) High School and Oak Hill (Va.) Academy and was one of the most highly recruited athletes in college basketball history. He became just the third freshman in ACC history to earn most outstanding player honors at the ACC Tournament.
Stackhouse and the Tar Heels also reached the 1995 Final Four. Weeks later, he announced he would enter the NBA Draft.
Going to the NBA, however, did not mean the end of his educational pursuits. Stackhouse received his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina in the fall of 1999, and completed the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports at the Harvard Business School executive education program in 2017.