Lamont Paris Joins UW coaching staff

A 14-year coaching veteran, Lamont Paris joins UW after a six-year stint at Akron, filling the assistant coaching vacancy of UIC coach Howard Moore.

MADISON - Lamont Paris is the newest addition to the Wisconsin men's basketball coaching staff, head coach Bo Ryan announced on Thursday. Paris, a 14-year coaching veteran, joins the Badgers' bench after a six-year stint at Akron.

"We're extremely excited to add Lamont Paris to our staff," Ryan said. "He is very well respected across the college basketball landscape as one of the top up-and-coming coaches. His track record and combination of personality, background and recruiting make him a great fit for our staff. He has a strong pedigree as a teacher, a coach and in developing players."

"The teams he has been associated with, whether that's as a player or as a coach, have always won at a high level. We had a number of great candidates and it was difficult to trim it down, but the total package that Lamont brings made him stand out from the others."

"I'm very excited about this opportunity," Paris said. "Any time you have the chance to work with one of the best coaches in the country like Coach Ryan, it's a blessed opportunity. Being from Ohio, I'm very familiar with the Big Ten and Wisconsin. I'm anxious to get started and I'm looking forward to contributing in any way I can."

In his six seasons at Akron, Paris served as the lead recruiter and helped guide the Zips to a 139-62 (.692) record and 20-win seasons in each of his final five seasons on the bench. Akron's 23-10 record in 2005-06 marked the school's first 20-win season since 1974-75.

Under his tutelage, Akron garnered four postseasons berths, including winning the 2009 MAC Tournament to advance to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Zips also made two NIT appearances and played in the 2010 CBI Tournament in his tenure.

During Paris' time, Akron players earned first or second-team All-MAC honors on six different occasions. Romeo Travis earned MAC Player of the Year in 2007 and honorable mention AP All-American honors.

Prior to his stint at Akron, Paris spent four seasons at Indiana University-Pennsylvania (IUP), helping the Indians compile a 82-36 (.695) record and claim two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference titles. Paris also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at both DePauw (1999-00) and his alma mater, Wooster (1997-98).

Paris is the first men's basketball assistant coach hired at Wisconsin since 2005 when the Badgers hired Howard Moore. Paris becomes the sixth assistant coach to serve under Bo Ryan, who is entering his 10th season on the UW bench.

Paris is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Black Coaches Association. He was honored as one of five men's assistant coaches selected to participate in the BCA's "Achieving Coaching Excellence" program in 2007. Additionally in 2007, he was inducted into Kaleidoscope Magazine's Forty-Forty Club, a list consisting of Cleveland's top 40 African-Americans age 40 and under who have made a difference in the community.

A native of Findlay, Ohio, Paris earned a bachelor's degree in business economics from Wooster in 1996 and a master's degree in recreation and sports management from Indiana State in 2000. Paris played four seasons for Wooster and was named the team's MVP and captain for both his junior and senior seasons. He was also an All-North Coast Athletic Conference pick during his last two seasons. During his playing career, the Scots made three trips to the NCAA Division III tournament and won a pair of conference titles.

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