Penn, Ivey among those hired to join Grizzlies coaching staff

Former Ohio State player development director Scoonie Penn has joined the Grizzlies coaching staff.

The Memphis Grizzlies have officially filled their assistant coaching staff under first-year man Taylor Jenkins, the team announced in a press release.

Vitaly Potapenko, who was an assistant last season, will be the lone returnee. In addition to Potapenko, the Grizzlies hired Niele IveyBrad JonesDavid McClure, Scoonie Penn and Neven Spahija.

Ivey is perhaps the most notable hire, as she spent the past 12 years as the associate head coach of the Notre Dame women’s team. She is the first female assistant in Grizzlies history.

Meanwhile, Jones spent last season as an assistant with the G-League’s Memphis Hustle, and McClure spent the past three seasons as a player development coach with the Indiana Pacers.

Penn, a former Ohio State standout point guard, had been the Buckeyes’ director of player development since 2017.

And Spahija was an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks under Mike Budenholzer from 2014-17. Jenkins was also on that staff.

“Their experiences at the collegiate, international, G League and NBA levels will benefit everyone in our organization,” Jenkins said of his new assistants. “Above all else, I am thrilled to work with great people who will help build a competitive, unselfish, development-focused, and positive environment for our players.”

As an aside, the Grizzlies named Jason March as new head coach of the Hustle.