HEAD COACH LAMONT PARIS
Lamont Paris became the 20th leader of the Chattanooga Mocs basketball program on April 2, 2017. He comes to Gig City from Wisconsin where he was an assistant the previous seven seasons.
Paris joined Bo Ryan's staff as an assistant coach in 2010, which began a golden era for an already strong program. Paris was elevated to associate head coach in 2016 under new headman Greg Gard.
The Badgers averaged 27 wins per year over the past seven campaigns. They won a school-record 36 games in 2014-15 finishing as the national runner-up a year after reaching the Final Four in 2014 with Paris influence considered key in the rise in national prominence.
The program won 12 or more Big Ten games all seven seasons with Paris on the bench. They captured the league title in 2015 and never finished lower than fourth. Along with the two final fours, the program reached the Sweet 16 four more times.
Paris developed a reputation as a fantastic recruiter and developer of talent. He is credited with keying efforts with All-American and current Charlotte Hornet Frank Kaminsky as well as Houston Rocket Sam Dekker, Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ among others.
"We are all very proud and excited for Lamont as he begins this new opportunity,” UW head coach Greg Gard said. “I have no doubt he'll make a terrific head coach, and this is a tremendous hire for Chattanooga. On a personal level, it's bittersweet to see one of your best friends move away, but I'm so happy for and proud of him. He's more than paid his dues and climbed the professional ladder the right way.
“I will always be grateful to Lamont for everything he did in seven years for this program, particularly over the past two seasons helping me in my transition to head coach. I'm looking forward to following his career closely and we'll be sure to stay in close contact. The Mocs are undoubtedly in good hands."
Prior to joining Ryan and Gard in Madison, Paris spent six seasons as the lead recruiter at Akron for six years with new Duquesne Head Coach Keith Drambrot. The Zips posted a 139-62 record averaging 23-plus wins per year.
He aided Akron's first 20-win season since 1974-75 with a 23-10 record in 2005-06. They followed with four more before his departure to Wisconsin, playing in the postseason four times including the 2009 NCAA Tournament along with two NIT and a CBI. The Zips boasted six first or second team All-MAC performers, including Romeo Travis, 2007 MAC Player of the Year and honorable mention All-American.
He also served as an assistant coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2001-04), DePauw (1999-00) and his alma mater College of Wooster (1997-98). He was team MVP and captain as a junior and senior at Wooster earning All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors both years. He helped the Scots to three trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament along with a couple of NCAC Championships.
A proven winner, teams associated with Paris are 487-194 (.715) with five conference titles and 12 NCAA Tournament appearances reaching three Final Fours.
Paris is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Black Coaches Association. He was 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. It’s 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 his senior season.
He was also an All-North Coast Athletic Conference pick during his last two seasons. He helped lead the Scots made three trips to the NCAA Division III tournament and won a pair of conference titles.