Before joining the Tigers staff, Wallace had worked at Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina as their head coach in 2019-20. Then he was hired by N.C. Good Better Best Academy Eagles to coach the men’s basketball program in June. Rasheed’s hiring was celebrated by many including the Black Coaches Association.
When Wallace retired as a player after a 16-year career in the League, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons during the 2013-2014 season.
Hardaway is putting together a strong staff of familiar faces this offseason. Wallace will be reuniting with his NBA championship coach Larry Brown, who was also hired as an assistant by Hardaway this offseason. The additions of Wallace and Brown on the staff is in Hardaway’s plans for a needed breakthrough in his fourth season as the Tigers’ coach.
Memphis, who won the 2021 NIT Championship, currently has the nation’s No. 5-ranked recruiting class led by five-star center Jalen Duren. The program hasn’t had an NCAA tournament berth since 2014.
Hardaway is 63–32 in three seasons at Memphis.