Chattanooga will hire Wisconsin associate head coach Lamont Paris to fill its head coaching vacancy, Scout’s Evan Daniels first reported.
Chattanooga has agreed to a 6-year deal with Wisconsin assistant Lamont Paris, per multiple sources.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 2, 2017
Paris spent seven seasons on the staff at Wisconsin under head coaches Bo Ryan and Greg Gard. Gard elevated him to associate head coach in 2016. Paris’s 20-year coaching career includes stops at his alma mater Wooster, as well as DePauw, Indiana University-Pennsylvania, and Akron.
For Chattanooga, Paris will be its fourth head coach in the last six seasons. He will replace Matt McCall, who spent two seasons with the Mocs before taking the job at UMass in March. McCall replaced Will Wade, who was also head coach for just two seasons before moving on to VCU and now LSU.
Paris will have his work cut out for him when he officially takes the reins. The Mocs graduate each of their five leading scorers and lose role player Peyton Woods to a transfer. They do, however, also have three recruits on board for next year.
Chattanooga went 19-12 in 2016-17 but lost its final five games.