The Vanderbilt Commodores recently hired former NBA player and Memphis Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse to replace Bryce Drew as their head coach.
Now, he’s trying to build his first staff as a head coach, and on Tuesday, he made a big hire.
According to college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, Stackhouse is hiring David Grace to be his associate head coach for the 2019-20 season and beyond:
Vanderbilt’s Jerry Stackhouse is hiring David Grace as his associate head coach, source told @Stadium. Grace was previously at Cal and UCLA.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 16, 2019
Grace has been an assistant at five schools since 2006 — Sacramento State, San Francisco, Oregon State, UCLA and Cal. This will be his first gig east of the Mississippi (and not by the Pacific Ocean).
This is a big hire for Stackhouse, who gains some experience with Grace that he’ll need in year one as a head coach.