Vanderbilt Basketball Coaching Candidates: Replacements For Jerry Stackhouse

Vanderbilt Basketball Coaching Candidates: Replacements For Jerry Stackhouse
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Vanderbilt is officially in the market for a new men’s basketball coach, as former NBA veteran Jerry Stackhouse ended his five-year run with a loss to Arkansas in the SEC Tournament this week.

Stackhouse’s tenure in Nashville was anything but pretty, with a 70-92 (.432) record and zero NCAA Tournament appearances. But the Commodores do have a men’s basketball tradition and some big-money backers that could make the job enticing to an up-and-coming coach.

The Commodores have won four SEC regular season titles over the years, last doing so in 1993, though they did reach the Big Dance consistently under longtime coach Kevin Stallings, who roamed the sidelines of Memorial Gymnasium from 2000 to 2016, winning 332 of his 552 games.

With all that in mind, broke down the odds on Tennessee sportsbooks on which candidate could replace Stackhouse at Vanderbilt.

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Next Vanderbilt Basketball Coach Odds

CoachPositionOddsPercent Chance
Bucky McMillanSamford Head Coach+60014.3%
Mitch HendersonPrinceton Head Coach+70012.5%
Chris MackFormer Louisville Head Coach+70012.5%
Amir Abdur-RahimSouth Florida Head Coach+10009.1%
Pat KelseyCharleston Head Coach+10009.1%
Josh SchertzIndiana State Head Coach+12007.7%
Niko MedvedColorado State Head Coach+15006.4%
Casey AlexanderBelmont Head Coach+20004.8%
Nick McDevittMiddle Tennessee State Head Coach+20004.8%
The Field+45018.2%
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Who Replaces Jerry Stackhouse in Nashville?

The top candidates to be the next Vanderbilt coach are all current mid-major coaches, including Bucky McMillan of Samford, who has gone 77-40 (.658) with the Southern Conference program since 2020-21 with a pair of regular season conference titles.

Throw in Mitch Henderson of Princeton and former Louisville and Xavier coach Chris Mack (+700) and you have the top candidates to replace Stackhouse, though Amir Abdur-Rahim of USF and College of Charleston’s Pat Kelsey (+1000) are up there as well. Abdur-Rahim has been a sensation in Tampa, leading USF to a 23-6 record this year after taking Kennesaw State to the NCAA Tournament after going 26-9 in the Atlantic Sun a season ago.

Fanatics Sportsbook Tennessee lists Connecticut as the national championship favorite at +470, followed by Houston (+600), Purdue (+700) and Tennessee (+1000).



Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan writes for and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.