Wisconsin associate head coach Lamont Paris will fill Chattanooga’s head coaching vacancy. Paris spent seven years on Wisconsin’s staff under Bo Ryan and Greg Gard.
Paris was named associate head coach for the Badgers’ 2016-17 season after six years of being an assistant.
Chattanooga went 19-12 last season under former head coach Matt McCall. Paris will lose Chattanooga’s three leading scorers from last season from graduation.
Paris was around for some of the brightest days in Wisconsin basketball history, and he played a key role. Paris was an important recruiter for Wisconsin, bringing home players like Nigel Hayes and Tyler Herro.
With Paris’s departure, there is now a vacancy in the Badgers coaching staff. It’s possible that assistant Howard Moore could be promoted to associate head coach, and the next hire could be named to that position or fill in as an assistant. Essentially, the Badgers will just be looking for the most qualified and committed coach out there and decide where the coach would best fit. Paris, as aforementioned was a very good recruiter as well, which will of course determine who Wisconsin brings on.
There are plenty of coaches with ties to Wisconsin if the program decides to go with a familiar face. A few names that come to mind immediately:
Freddie Owens is an assistant coach at Holy Cross and before that Montana. Owens played for the Badgers from 2000-2004.
Rob Jeter is currently an assistant for UNLV. He played and coached at UW-Platteville, was formerly an assistant and head coach at Milwaukee, and was an assistant at Wisconsin from 2001-2005.
Gary Close resigned last season but was an assistant coach at UW from 2003-2016 with Gard.
Other names: Tracy Webster, Sharif Chambliss, Josh Gasser.