Chattanooga hires Wisconsin assistant Lamont Paris as head coach


Wisconsin associate head coach Lamont Paris will reportedly fill the head coaching vacancy at Chattanooga.

The news was reported by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

Two years ago when this job was vacant, Paris was considered a finalist, according to Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal. Chattanooga eventually went with then-Florida assistant Matt McCall to replace Will Wade. Last week, McCall accepted the same position at UMass.

Paris has been at Wisconsin for the past seven years, and before that worked on Keith Dambrot’s staff at Akron. Greg Gard, in his first full season at the helm at Wisconsin, elevated him to associate head coach.

The Mocs went 19-12 (10-8 SoCon) this past season. He’ll have to deal with a roster overhaul in his first season. The starting five of Tre’ McLean, Justin Tuoyo, Greg Pryor, Casey Jones, and Johnathan Burroughs-Cook have all exhausted their eligibility. Paris, barring any transfers upon his arrival, will to have a handful of underclassmen who averaged 11 or more minutes per game last season.