Josh Pastner

Josh Pastner (born September 26, 1977)

Teams coached: Memphis Tigers, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Memphis record: 167-73 (.696)
Georgia Tech record: 109-114 (.489)
Overall record: 276-187 (.596)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2016-2023 Georgia Tech
2009-2016 Memphis
2008-2009 Memphis (asst)
2002-2008 Arizona (asst)

Josh Pastner Facts

  • Joshua Paul Pastner
  • Born September 26, 1977
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Alma Mater: University of Arizona (BS, 1998 & M.Ed. 1999)
  • Pastner is Jewish, was born in Glen Dale, West Virginia and raised in Kingwood, Texas
  • First head coaching job was at age 16 with Houston Hoops AAU, when Pastner coached future NBA players T.J. Ford, Daniel Gibson and Emeka Okafor
  • Walked-on to the Arizona Wildcats basketball team under head coach Lute Olson
  • Served as a graduate assistant for Olson at Arizona from 2000-02 before becoming an assistant coach in 2002, a position he held for six years
  • After just one year as an assistant to John Calipari at Memphis, Pastner was hired as the next head coach following Calipari’s departure to Kentucky
    • Won 167 games and went to four NCAA Tournaments and one NIT during his seven years as Memphis head coach
  • Hired in April 2016 as the new head coach Georgia Tech; led the Yellow Jackets to a runner-up finish in the 2017 NIT
    • In 2021, Pastner’s squad won the ACC Tournament to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament
    • Pastner went 109-114 over seven seasons at the helm; was fired in March 2023 following a 15-18 campaign
  • Along with his wife, Kerri, has a stepson and three daughters

Josh Pastner Coaching Tree