In what’s been a summer of change for the Boston Celtics organization, the coaching staff has undergone a massive makeover with multiple new faces joining Ime Udoka’s staff. New President Of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens and head coach Ime Udoka have put together a coaching team full of young and vibrant minds, all of whom are respected by their peers around the league.
Here’s the full list of coaches as detailed in the Celtics press release earlier today.
Head coach: Ime Udoka (Portland State)
Assistant coaches: Will Hardy (Williams College), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona), Ben Sullivan (Portland), Joe Mazzulla (West Virginia), Aaron Miles (Kansas), Tony Dobbins (Richmond)
Player enhancement staff: Evan Bradds (Belmont), Garrett Jackson (Saint Mary’s), DJ MacLeay (Bucknell), Steve Tchiengang (Vanderbilt)
Special assistant to head coach: Matt Reynolds (Syracuse)
The revamped coaching team is sure to provide the Boston Celtics will a new direction in player development. For example, Will Hardy has been on the San Antonio Spurs staff for the last eleven years and also accompanied Greg Popovich to the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year.
Both Udoka and Stoudamire will bring experience as players and coaches, which will help bridge any gap when conveying ideas and methods to the playing staff. Another coaching addition to be excited about is Ben Sullivan, who is known as a shooting specialist and joins the team from the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ben Sullivan is a shot fixer.— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) August 6, 2021
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According to the Celtics press release, “Prior to his time in Milwaukee and Atlanta, Sullivan served as an assistant video coordinator with San Antonio while also working in its basketball development department.” That makes Sullivan the third coach on the roster with links to the Popovich coaching tree.
Joe Mazzulla will return to the Celtics for his third year on the coaching staff and is a name most Celtics fans should recognize after leading the Summer League team to a 4-1 record in Vegas back in August.
Both Stevens and Udoka moved quickly to establish their coaching targets in time for training camp as the Celtics look to bounce back from a disappointing 2020-21 season. And with a number of high-upside young guys on the roster, having a well-established group of coaches will allow the Celtics to develop their talent in house throughout the season.
Training camp is due to start in a week. There are also four pre-season games to look forward to in early October against the Orlando Magic (October 4th), Toronto Raptors (October 9th), the Orlando Magic again (October 13th), and finally the Miami Heat (October 15th).