He also stared as a player at
Pelphrey spent the past five years as the head coach at
This past season, despite losing his top three scorers from 2005,
This year’s team led the Sun Belt in turnover margin (+2.53), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.12) and three-point defense (.325), and was second in steals (7.22) and scoring defense (67.3). The Jaguars also made 272-of-749 three-pointers, an average of 8.5 per game, while scoring 71.3 points.
The 2006 team, which lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to eventual national champion Florida, 76-50, led the league in scoring margin (+8.1) and three-point defense (.300), and was second in steals (8.52) and scoring defense (65.6).
In making the biggest turnaround in the nation, USA improved from 62.3 points in 2005 to 73.6 in 2006, from a .416 field-goal percentage to .453, a .646 free-throw percentage to .703, a .351 defensive three-point percentage to .300, 16.0 turnovers to 13.4, 11.0 assists to 14.1, 13.9 turnovers forced to 16.8, 7.6 steals to 8.5 and 207 made three-pointers to 267.
The 2006 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year began his coaching career as an assistant to Sutton, who he played for at
In his six seasons at
As an assistant under Donovan at
Under Sutton at OSU in 1994, the Cowboys were 24-10 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Pelphrey began his coaching career following one season playing professionally in
He played two years under Sutton and three under Pitino at
In Pitino’s first year in 1990, with Donovan as an assistant, Pelphrey improved to 13.0 points as a sophomore. As a junior in ‘91, he averaged a team-high tying 14.4 points on a 22-6 squad, earning honorable mention All-America and first-team All-SEC honors.
In 1992, he was second on the team with 12.5 points, helping the Wildcats go 29-7, win the SEC Tournament and end the year ranked No. 6 in the nation.
Inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame in 2005 and named
The son of two teachers, he served on
Named Mr. Basketball in the state of
Pelphrey has served as a speaker and instructor at several camps, including his own, the John Pelphrey Basketball Camp, which he ran in his hometown of Paintsville from 1992-95. He also worked as a motivational speaker and instructor at camps throughout
Pelphrey is married to the former Tracy (
JOHN PELPHREY QUICK FACTS
Born: July 18, 1968
Family: wife – Tracy (
Named Head Coach at
Years of Division I Collegiate Head Coaching Experience: 5
Head Coaching Record:
80-67 (.544), five years at
1995-96 – Marshall, assistant coach
Season Records and Post-Season Experience as a Collegiate Coach:
2007 (20-12, Sun Belt regular season champion) – NIT first round
2006 (24-7, Sun Belt West Division & tournament champion) – NCAA Tournament first round
2002 (22-9, SEC Eastern Division co-champion) – NCAA Tournament first round
2001 (24-7, SEC regular season co-champion) – NCAA Tournament second round
2000 (29-8, SEC regular season co-champion) – NCAA Runner-up
1999 (22-9) – NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
1998 (14-15) – NIT first round
Marshall (Assistant Coach)
1994 (24-10) – NCAA Tournament second round
1993 – Played professionally in
1984-87 – Paintsville (
1987 – Paintsville (