Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Celtics top assistant Damon Stoudamire to become new head coach at Georgia Tech

The Celtics are losing  one of their top assistant coaches Damon Stoudamire with 13 games remaining in the regular season, as he's set to become Georgia Tech's new head coach, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The team confirmed Stoudamire's departure via Twitter Monday afternoon, thanking and wishing him the best of luck on his next gig.

Stoudamire has been in Boston over the last two season after being brought in as a lead assistant under then head coach Ime Udoka during the summer of 2021. The former NBA point guard and 1996 Rookie of the Year spent five seasons as the head coach at University of the Pacific prior to his arrival with the Celtics -- emerging as a valuable asset to now current C's head coach Joe Mazzulla's staff, even earning himself a pair of wins as temporary head coach while Mazzulla recovered from an eye injury earlier this year.
"I'm really happy for him," Mazzulla said during his pre-game presser Monday night ahead of the Celtics facing the Houston Rockets. "Him and I have grown to have a great relationship and he has helped me as a person and a coach. I felt like he was one of the ones who was severely hurt by our situation at the beginning of the year -- the way he handled it with his professionalism, and loyalty and his ability to just keep what's most important in the forefront -- he's an unbelievable person. I think Georgia Tech is lucky to have him"
The Celtics have no immediate plans to replace Stoudamire, per The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach. Ben Sullivan is left as top assistant under Mazzulla, with Aaron Miles, Tony Dobbins and DJ MacLeay also on the current coaching staff.

Stoudamire will succeed Josh Pastner, who was fired by Georgia Tech last Friday after going 109-114 over seven seasons with the Yellow Jackets.

Joel Pavón

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