John Pelphrey

John Pelphrey (born July 18, 1968)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
Current conference: Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)
South Alabama record: 80-67 (.544)
Arkansas record: 69-59 (.539)
Tennessee Tech record: 51-103 (.331)
Overall record: 200-229 (.466)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Tennessee Tech
2016-2019 Alabama (assoc. HC)
2011-2015 Florida (asst)
2007-2011 Arkansas
2002-2007 South Alabama
1996-2002 Florida (asst)
1994-1996 Marshall (asst)
1993-1994 Oklahoma State (asst)

John Pelphrey Facts

  • John Leslie Pelphrey
  • Born July 18, 1968
  • Hometown: Paintsville, Kentucky
  • Alma Mater: University of Kentucky (BA, 1992)
  • After being named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball as a senior at Paintsville HS, Pelphrey played for the Kentucky Wildcats
    • Played first for Eddie Sutton and then, after scandal rocked the UK program in 1989, for Rick Pitino
    • Was not drafted in 1992 but played professionally for about a year in France and Spain
  • Started his coaching career as one of Sutton’s assistants at Oklahoma State in 1993
  • A year later, Pelphrey joined Billy Donovan‘s staff at Marshall; he followed Donovan to Florida two years later and worked there for six seasons
  • Became head coach at South Alabama in 2002, leading the Jaguars to back-to-back Sun Belt titles, the 2006 NCAA Tournament and 2007 NIT
  • Hired as the new head coach at Arkansas in April 2007; led the Razorbacks to the NCAA Tournament in year one but was unable to reach the postseason in any of the next three seasons
  • After being fired from Arkansas, Pelphrey returned to Gainesville to work under Donovan for the next four seasons
    • When Donovan left for the NBA, Pelphrey spent the following season working on television for ESPN’s SEC Network
  • Returned to coaching in 2016, serving as Avery Johnson‘s associate head coach at Alabama for three seasons
  • Hired in April 2019 to become the head coach at Tennessee Tech
    • Won 14 games combined in his first two years but won 16 in his fourth and was one OT loss from the NCAA Tournament
  • Along with his wife, Tracy, has one son and one daughter
    • The couple had another son that passed away of a rare blood disorder; the Pelphreys launched the Pel’s Pals Foundation in their son’s memory

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