Head Coach, University of the Pacific Men’s Basketball
Retired Professional Basketball Player, NBA
Damon Stoudamire has spent his entire life proving people wrong. Prior to his professional career, the point guard was told he was too short to play professional basketball. In the 1995 NBA Draft, he was selected as the seventh overall draft pick by the Toronto Raptors. Damon was named Rookie of the Year in 1996. He later went on to play for the Portland Trail Blazers during one of the team’s most successful periods. In his career, Damon averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 assists per game.
The Portland-native was raised by his single mother with the help of loving uncles. His uncles encouraged his “hoop dreams” and helped him to become a sought-after player in high school. In university, he was one of the most revered players in Arizona history: a three-time first-team All-Pac 10 pick and as a senior, he was Pac 10 Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American. At graduation, he ranked first in threes made, second in points and fourth in assists. Damon continued to set records while playing in the NBA. He held the record for the most triple-doubles with the Toronto Raptors, which was later broken by Kyle Lowry.
For his stellar career and contributions to basketball, Damon Stoudamire was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. After retiring from the NBA, Damon made the successful – but not typical – transition from player to coach. He began the move by serving as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, then moved on to Arizona, Rice and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. In 2016, Damon was offered a major career opportunity to take on the role of head coach for the University of Pacific Men’s Basketball team. He continues in that position today.
Damon is the father of two teenage boys – both play basketball. He makes appearances at summer basketball camps for the youth and is a mentor and role model to his players and other young athletes. His passion is fitness and he spends his spare time sharing his unique exercise regiments on Instagram and developing his line of nutrient supplements.
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