John Pelphrey Timeline
He averaged 14.4 points per game as a junior in 1991, and he scored 12.5 points per game while helping Kentucky advance to the Elite Eight as a senior. Pelphrey was one of the players guarding Duke's Christian Laettner when he made the unforgettable turnaround at the buzzer to beat Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament. Pelphrey's No. 34 jersey was retired by the school in 1992. 1993 After his college career ended, Pelphrey spent one year playing professional basketball in France and Spain. 1994 Pelphrey began his coaching career at Oklahoma State as an assistant under Sutton. In his only season with the Cowboys, the team went 24-10 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 1995-96 Pelphrey went from Oklahoma State to Marshall to be an assistant coach for Billy Donovan, who was on Pitino's staff at Kentucky when Pelphrey played there. He spent two seasons with the Thundering Herd, during which time the team went 18-9 and 17-11. 1997-2002 Pelphrey followed Donovan to the University of Florida, where he spent six seasons before becoming South Alabama's coach. During his time with the Gators, Pelphrey learned from Donovan and helped Florida amass a 124-65 record and make four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Gators went to the Sweet 16 in 1999 and the national championship game the following season. 2003-2007 Pelphrey became a head coach for the first time when he was hired at South Alabama. After struggling his first three seasons, going 14-14, 12-16 and 10-18, he put together one of the nation's biggest turnarounds in 2006. The Jaguars won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament to earn their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1998. Coincidentally, Pelphrey faced Florida in the first round. USA lost to finish 24-7. This past season, Pelphrey went 20-12 despite losing his three top scorers from the previous season. The Jaguars lost to Syracuse in the first round of the NIT. On Monday, Pelphrey was named the 14th basketball coach in Arkansas history.
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