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Damon Stoudamire Named Head Coach at Pacific University

Damon Stoudamire, the 1995-96 NBA Rookie of the Year, has been named the head coach of Pacific University Men’s Basketball. The man they called “Mighty Mouse” played for the Raptors, Blazers, Spurs and Grizzlies throughout his 13-year NBA career and began coaching at the collegiate level in 2009.

This morning Pacific University announced Stoudamire as the new head coach of their men’s basketball program. Via ESPN:

Former NBA star Damon Stoudamire has been named coach of the Pacific Tigers, the school announced Wednesday.

Stoudamire, who replaces Ron Verlin, served as an assistant at Memphis this past season.

In a letter to his younger self posted on The Players’ Tribune, Stoudamire said he is looking forward to “the opportunity to lead kids, and show them what Lute [Olson, former Arizona coach] showed you.

“You’ll get to look them in the eye and tell them the truth,” Stoudamire wrote. “Tell them that life isn’t a movie. Tell them that they’re going mess up. Tell them that being a grown man isn’t something that happens to you, it’s something you work for every day.”

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