Memphis coach Josh Pastner added prominent high school coach Keelon Lawson to the Tigers' staff on Wednesday.

Lawson, also related to current Memphis assistant Robert Kirby, played at UAB and is the father of three elite high school recruits, including one Memphis commit and another from the Class of 2016 who is leaning toward the Tigers.

"I'm thrilled and grateful for this opportunity," Lawson said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to working with Coach Pastner and his staff to help carry on the great tradition of Tigers basketball."

Lawson coached at Hamilton High in Memphis. He was the last prep coach to go unbeaten as state champions in the largest classification.

His children include K.J. Lawson, a 6-foot-7 swingman committed to play at Memphis.

Dedric Lawson, 6-8 power forward in the Class of 2016, is ranked as a top-10 overall recruit by some services and could decide Saturday where he will play in two years. The best of the bunch is Chandler Lawson, a 6-6 wing and the favorite by multiple recruiting sites to be the No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2019.

Keelon Lawson was hired to fill the place of Jason Gardener, who became head coach at IUPUI in April.

He is not the first father of coveted recruits to find his way to a full-time job with a school chasing his son.

While at Memphis, current Kentucky head coach John Calipari did the same to land Dajuan Wagner, hiring Milt Wagner. Bill Self at Kansas brought on Mario Chalmers' father, Ronnie, to bolster an eventual national championship roster.