Since he stepped away from the NBA more than a decade ago, Penny Hardaway has gotten into another realm with basketball. Hardaway has dipped into the coaching side of things, which has led to him becoming the head coach of the University of Memphis‘ basketball team. That has seen him experience some success with the program in his brief tenure. However, that has led to his coaching becoming the center of an attempted murder situation.
In the years since he retired from the NBA, Penny Hardaway has stayed around basketball.
Hardaway has gone the path of coaching as he began in 2011 as he took over as his alma mater, Lester Middle School, for his friend Desmond Merriweather as he was undergoing treatment for colon cancer. He helped guide the Lester Lions to the West Tennessee State title beyond a 28-3 record.
He worked his way from being an assistant coach at East High School in Memphis and became the head coach. That saw him help guide them to three straight state championships. All that earned him the opportunity to step in as the head coach at the alma mater, University of Memphis. The former NBA star point guard has had some stable success in his first two years with the program as he has helped guide them to back-to-back 20 win campaigns.
Although they missed the NCAA Tournament in their first year, the team earned a trip to the National Invitational Tournament. The Tigers were unable to possibly secure a tournament bid this year due to the concerns over the coronavirus that saw the rest of the season canceled.