Penny Hardaway is in the market for a new strength coach.
Hornett is the latest member of Hardaway’s staff to depart following Memphis’ first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014. The Tigers, who fell to Gonzaga in the second round, have also lost assistant coach Cody Toppert (LSU), director of basketball operations Rodney Hamilton (Northwestern State) and equipment manager Ryan McPhail (who has accepted another position at the university). Those positions have not been filled yet.
The team recently made Darrell Turner, the school’s senior associate athletic director for sports medicine, its permanent head athletic trainer. Turner spent the past 10 seasons handling head athletic trainer duties for the football program. Turner hired Bryce Sorrier as his replacement.
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Hardaway also said recently he expects Hall of Famer Larry Brown – who was an assistant coach with the Tigers last season – to return for a second season, although maybe not as an assistant coach.
“Coach Brown, right now, is coming back,” Hardaway told The Commercial Appeal last week. “I don’t know to what capacity. It’s literally up to him. It’s a blessing to have him around. If it’s not (as) a coach, maybe he can be assistant to the head coach or something that doesn’t have to travel and recruit and do as much (as assistant coaches).”
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