In Pastner's six years as a full-time assistant coach from 2003-08, Arizona averaged nearly 23 wins per season (137-60 record; .695 winning percentage), captured two Pac-10 regular season championships (2003, 2005) and advanced to two NCAA Tournament regional finals (2003, 2005). The Wildcats earned NCAA Tournament berths in each of Pastner's six seasons as an assistant coach.
"This is a great opportunity for me to be able to work not only for one of the nation's top basketball programs but also under one of college basketball's best coaches in John Calipari," said Pastner. "I want to thank and give credit to the former assistants whose tremendous efforts helped make the Memphis program what it is today. I just want to assist in continuing the momentum they started.
"I'm also excited about moving to Memphis. I've heard a lot of great things about the University and city and look forward to getting involved in the community."
Pastner, who was with the Arizona program as a player, administrator and coach since 1996, was a key cog in the Wildcats' recruiting efforts and working with the program's big men.
In six seasons on the Arizona coaching staff, Pastner's tireless efforts on the recruiting trail paid big dividends, as the Wildcats continued to successfully recruit top-notch student-athletes.