Earlier this week, Memphis Hustle head coach Glynn Cyprien announced that he was Lubbock, Texas bound.
Cyprien Monday announced he was becoming an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Texas Tech of the Big 12 Conference.
The announcement in the midst of the off-season happening after Cyprien, a veteran of 26 years in college coaching, led the Hustle into its first year as a Memphis Grizzlies-owned expansion franchise in the NBA G League at the Landers Center in Southaven.
Cyprien was also with the Grizzlies’ basketball operations department the past four seasons and was also Grizzlies Director of Pro Personnel during the 2017-18 season in addition to being the Hustle’s head coach.
He was also head coach of Iowa Energy in the NBA Developmental League for one season when both the Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves shared an affiliate agreement with the franchise based in Des Moines, Iowa.
In his announcement of the move to Texas Tech, Cyprien thanked Grizzlies ownership and team officials for the past four seasons in Memphis.
“Memphis holds a very special place in my heart as do all of the wonderful relationships I’ve made during my time here,” Cyprien said. “Thank you especially to the great fans throughout Memphis and the Mid-South who welcomed me and our players during the Memphis Hustle’s inaugural season. I wish both franchises nothing but continued success in the years to come.”
Grizzlies’ general manager Chris Wallace talked about Cyprien’s work, coaching players and connecting with the fans.
“Glynn Cyprien has made tremendous contributions over the last four years to the Memphis Grizzlies and Memphis Hustle and for even longer in the Memphis community dating back to his days as an assistant coach with the University of Memphis,” Wallace said. “Cyp’s work ethic, basketball knowledge and engaging personality will be deeply missed by our organization, the city of Memphis and the Mid-South.
Cyprien’s background includes two seasons as an assistant coach under Josh Pastner for the Memphis Tigers. The New Orleans, La. native has also worked with programs at Oklahoma State, Kentucky and Texas A&M.
He is the second change to the Red Raiders’ staff under head coach Chris Beard since the end of the 2017-18 season.
Former assistant Chris Ogden was named head coach at Texas-Arlington, which led to basketball Chief of Staff Brian Burg to be named an assistant. Cyprien fills the spot left when assistant Al Pinkins became the associate head coach at Florida.
Ironically, Cyprien will now work for the coach that replaced Tubby Smith at Texas Tech when Smith left for Memphis. Smith is now leading the program at his alma mater, High Point University.
In his one season as Hustle head coach, Cyprien led the team to a 21-29 record and failed to make the G League playoffs. The Hustle did show a late-season spark of life from a season littered by few win streaks and three and four game losing streaks.
Memphis did win four of its last five games.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.