MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin assistant coach Lamont Paris will leave Madison to become the new head coach at Chattanooga, according to multiple reports.
Chattanooga has hired its new basketball coach, former Wisconsin and Akron assistant Lamont Paris.
— Chris Dortch (@cdortch) April 2, 2017
Paris spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Badgers (2010-2017) after working at Akron from 2005-2010, and was named Wisconsin's associate head coach before the start of the 2016 season after Greg Gard became the team's full-time head coach.
Paris was a key part of Wisconsin's recruiting efforts, particularly in Ohio, ever since he joined Bo Ryan's staff in 2010. Paris helped recruit the likes of Nigel Hayes, Vitto Brown, Khalil Iverson and D'Mitrik Trice to Wisconsin's 2016-17 squad from the Buckeye state.
A native of Findlay, Ohio, Paris played his college basketball at Wooster before starting his coaching career at his alma mater in 1997.
Paris will replace Matt McCall at Chattanooga, who coached the Mocs to a 19-12 record in 2016-17 before taking the head coaching job at UMass last week.
John Veldhuis covers Wisconsin football, basketball and recruiting for BadgerBlitz.com on the Rivals.com network. Follow him on Twitter at @JohnVeldhuis.