Lawson named to Josh Pastner’s staff at Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School in Memphis, has been named an assistant coach for the University of Memphis men’s basketball program, Tigers head coach Josh Pastner announced Wednesday.

“We’re excited about Keelon joining our staff,” said Pastner. “Keelon is a great fit for our program. We welcome Keelon to the Tigers basketball family.”

Lawson served as the Hamilton High School boys basketball head coach from 2003 through this past season. During that time, Lawson guided the Wildcats to three Tennessee state playoff appearances (2006, 2008, 2014), two district titles (2006, 2007), two regional crowns (2006, 2014) and one state championship (2006).
His 2006 Hamilton squad posted a perfect 39-0 record on its way to winning the Tennessee state title. That squad is the last from the city of Memphis to post an undefeated record en route to claiming a state title. The 2006 Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 7 in the final USA Today Super 25 High School Boys Basketball poll.

Following the 2005-06 season, Lawson was honored as the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Coach of the Year and the Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Coach of the Year.  Lawson also served as the Hamilton High School athletics director from 2003-08.

“I’m thrilled and grateful for this opportunity,” said Lawson. “I’m looking forward to working with Coach Pastner and his staff to help carry on the great tradition of Tigers basketball.”

Lawson holds a bachelor’s degree from Union University.