The musical chairs with the Vanderbilt basketball coaching staff continues as the program announced today that Damany Hendrix would be promoted to assistant coach.
Hendrix will fill one of the two vacancies left by former assistant coaches David Grace and Ricardo Patton, who departed a couple weeks ago.
In his first season under Coach Stackhouse, Hendrix served as the team’s director of player development and quality control. According to his bio, Hendrix’s responsibilities included overseeing student-athlete development programs, community service initiatives, special events, and assisting with branding and marketing, player behavior, academics and camps.
“I am humbled, and truly honored for this opportunity,” Hendrix said in the press release. “I am excited to continue to help coach Stackhouse build this program and to help execute his vision. I am anxious to get on the floor with these young men, and help them become better players and to continue to help them develop as young men.”
Hendrix’s coaching background is certainly diverse. After concluding his outstanding playing career at Lamar in 2003, he spent four years coaching his alma mater Vallejo High School (CA) before spending six years coaching the well-known Oakland Soldiers AAU team. His college coaching began as a volunteer position at California Maritime Academy before he moved on to become a graduate manager with Cal State-Northridge. He then served as head coach of Justin-Siena High School (CA) for two years before becoming a specialist for player programs and development for Adonal Foyle Enterprises. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Hendrix was an assistant coach for the NBA G-League’s Northern Arizona Suns and Raptors 905 on Stackhouse’s staff.
Hendrix’s promotion is somewhat of a risk, given the lack of college coaching experience on Stackhouse’s updated staff. That brings the man we all know and love into the equation, Jeff Goodman.
Assistant Faragi Phillips came to Vanderbilt with a background in high school coaching, most recently at Memphis powerhouse Whitehaven. Assistant Adam Mazarei’s experience comes mostly from working with the Memphis Grizzlies. Their combined resumes as college recruiters look sparse when compared to the two assistants they just lost.
Nevertheless, Coach Stackhouse is confident Hendrix is up to the task.
“Damany is a talented coach who has strong familiarity with our system,” Stackhouse said. “We believe his passion, knowledge, and teaching ability will be very impactful in the continued development of our current student-athletes. His understanding of our culture will enable him to identify and connect with the future Vanderbilt student-athletes on the recruiting trail.”
Don’t listen to Goodman, the magic is coming back.