TUSCALOOSA — Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson has tabbed Scott Pospichal to be his assistant coach with the Crimson Tide, the school announced Thursday afternoon.
Pospichal joins associate head coach Bob Simon and assistant coach Antoine Pettway on Johnson’s staff.
Pospichal most recently served as the coach of the Texas Titans, an AAU powerhouse who played in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.
“Scott is a legendary AAU coach and we are very excited for him to join our program at the University of Alabama,” Johnson said in the school’s news release. “During his time with the Texas Titans, he has helped develop numerous players who have went on to do great things at the college and professional levels. He is an excellent coach who specializes in the offensive part of the game and is a great communicator.
“We went through an extensive, vigorous hiring process to bring in the person who we felt would best help us in every aspect of our program, focusing on the areas of recruiting, coaching and player development. There is no doubt in my mind that Scott fits this mold perfectly and will be a tremendous asset to our program.”
Pospichal coached Johnson’s son, Avery Jr., who is transferring to Alabama from Texas A&M. Some notable players Pospichal has coached include Matt Jones of Duke, Damian Jones of Vanderbilt and Julius Randle of Kentucky, who is now with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Pospichal led the Titans to seven AAU national championship games in his 10 years at the helm of the program, claiming four national titles and three runner-up finishes. His teams were a member of the NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) for four years and claimed the U-16 Nike National Peach Jam Championship in 2012, which is considered the top AAU event in the nation.
“I feel like I’ve received the golden ticket for this opportunity to be the assistant basketball coach at the University of Alabama,” Pospichal said in the school’s news release. “Coach Johnson and I have had a relationship dating back for a few years now. I have always believed in him so much. This is a tremendous opportunity to work with him and work at an iconic university and terrific program like Alabama. I am absolutely thrilled out of my mind to get there and get started.”
For nine seasons (1987-95), Pospichal was the head coach at Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Fla. While there, he amassed a 181-72 record and was named coach of the year three times. He left as the winningest coach in school history.
Prior to his time at Palm Beach, Pospichal was an assistant coach at UNC Charlotte from 1983-85 under head coach Dr. Hal Wissel.
Pospichal played his collegiate basketball at Florida Southern College from 1981-83. He helped lead the Mocs to the 1981 NCAA Division II national championship, while also reaching the title game in 1982. He still ranks second in program history in career free throw percentage (.868), while his 207 assists during the 1983 season is the second-highest single-season assist total in program history.
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