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Posted by Nubz on October 25, 2009 at 11:29 PM

Before the regular season starts, I would like to change up what we talk about for a bit. We?re always posting about the players, but I thought it would be interesting to name the coaches on the Celtics and give some background information about them. With this we can see just what kind of talent we have masterminding the schemes behind the scenes.

I will start with the leader of the pack; the guy who runs the show, AND the guy who?s going to lead us to Banner 18!

Head Coach - Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers:

He was born October 13th, 1961 in Chicago. Doc played basketball for Marquette University and made the 1982 FIBA World Championship Team. He was selected as the MVP of the tournament for his defensive skills. In 1983 he was drafted 2nd round (31st overall) by the Atlanta Hawks. He started for the Hawks eight seasons in a row. In 1991 he played for the Clippers for one year, then jumped over to the Kicks for two years.

One of his coaching experiences includes coaching the Orlando Magic in 1999 for four seasons. He was named coach of the year in 2000 for turning the Magic from a last place division team to a near playoff berth. In 2004 he got fired for a disastrous start to the season, so he spent a season commentating (I know what a crappy coach huh?) Well, now we got him, and he's the Head Coach of our Boston Celtics.


Now for the coach my co-bloggers say is a Defensive prodigy-

Associate Head coach - Tom Thibodeau

A native of New Britain, Connecticut, Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, and a master's in counseling from Salem State College.

Tom's coaching career began in 1981 as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Salem State College. After three years as an assistant, he became head coach in 1984. The following season, Tom became an assistant coach at Harvard. He coached at Harvard for 4 years before leaving for the NBA. In his now 17 NBA seasons, Tom has helped his team finish in the NBA's Top 10 in team defense 14 times. He has been the assistant coach of the following teams: Knicks, Rockets, Timberwolves, Spurs, 76ers and Boston


Armond Hill - Assistant Coach

Hill was born on March 31st, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. He played basketball for his Ivy League school, Princeton. In 1976 Hill was named Ivy League player of the year before being drafted 9th overall by Atlanta Hawks. He played 8 seasons in the NBA, 6 of which were with the hawks. The other two seasons he bounced around to Seattle, San Diego, and Milwaukee.

Hill's coaching career began as an assistant coach at the Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, NJ in 1985. He became the head coach three years later. Armond won two Coach of the Year Awards and in 1990, led Lawrenceville to the New Jersey State Prep School Championship. He then went back to his Alma Mater and helped them to win an Ivy League title and a trip to the NCAA tournament.

Kevin Eastman - Assistant Coach

Eastman's coaching career began at the University of Richmond for two seasons. He followed that up by being an assistant at Colorado State University, and Virginia Commonwealth, and Tulsa. He then became a head coach at Washington State for 5 seasons. Coach Eastman joined the Celtics in 2004, Left for a year to be a national director for Nike development, then came back in 2006.

Clifford Ray - Assistant Coach

Selected in the third round of the 1971 NBA Draft by Chicago, Ray appeared in 784 regular season games during his 10-year professional career with the Bulls and Warriors, averaging 7.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.4 minutes per game.

His name can be found throughout the Golden State record books, ranking among the Warriors' all-time leaders in offensive rebounds (2nd, 1,372), defensive rebounds (2nd, 2,938), field goal percentage (5th, .537), blocked shots (6th, 465) and total rebounds (9th, 4,310). Ray was a member of four 50-plus win teams and was named to the 1971-72 NBA All-Rookie Team.

Clifford Ray is in his fourth season as the C's coach. He has also coached at Cleveland, Orlando, Dallas, New Jersey and Golden State.

Mike Longabardi - Assistant Coach

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Longabardi graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in health and physical education. Longabardi spent seven years as an assistant coach for the men's basketball teams at Pfeiffer University, Adelphi University, Lafayette College and Towson University. He was on the coaching staff that led the Lafayette Leopards to a Patriot League title and an NCAA Tournament berth.

Mike Longabardi begins his third season as an Assistant Coach with the Boston Celtics. He joined the staff prior to the start of the 2007-08 season.

I could go into the athletic trainer and health coach, plus management but I figured we would start off with this and see what kind of criticism I get. Thanks for taking the time to read this and let me know what else you guys want to know about for future posts.


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