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Joe Mazzulla reportedly taking on as Celtics head coach following Ime Udoka’s suspension


BOSTON — After suspending head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season, the Celtics will now flip to assistant Joseph Mazzulla to take over a staff that was two wins away from a title final season. 

Boston will reportedly elevate Mazzulla to move coach following Udoka’s stunning suspension Thursday evening. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the transfer. 

Mazzulla is simply 34 years previous — two years youthful than Celtics ahead Al Horford.

A Rhode Island native, Mazzulla received three state championships at Bishop Hendricken Excessive College in Warwick. He was inducted into the college’s Corridor of Fame in 2018.

He then performed 4 robust years of faculty basketball at West Virginia. Mazzulla was a sophomore on the Mountaineers staff that upset the 2-seeded Duke Blue Devils within the second-round of the 2008 NCAA Event, and after red-shirting with a shoulder harm in 2009, he helped lead West Virginia to the Ultimate 4 in 2010 as a staff captain.

He did run into authorized hassle at West Virginia with a pair of incidents that concerned alcohol. Mazzulla was charged with underage ingesting and preventing with police at a Pittsburgh Pirates recreation in 2008, and was arrested for home battery in 2009 after he allegedly grabbed a lady by the neck at a bar. He has not been charged with another incidents since.

Mazzulla has been in teaching since graduating from faculty, first serving as an assistant coach at Division 2’s Glenville State and Fairmont State. After one yr as an assistant for the Maine Crimson Claws within the G League, he was employed as the top coach of Fairmont State, the place Mazzulla led the college to a 43-17 file over two seasons on the bench.

That is when he made the soar to the NBA, becoming a member of Brad Stevens’ employees in Boston as an assistant in 2019. He remained with the Celtics after Stevens moved to the entrance workplace and Udoka was employed as head coach final season. He served as head coach of the Celtics’ Summer season League staff in 2021.

Mazzulla interviewed for the Jazz’s head teaching job over the summer season, however Utah employed Celtics bench coach Will Hardy. Mazzulla was set to take Hardy’s spot on Udoka’s bench for the upcoming season.

Now he’ll be main a staff that has title aspirations following a run to the NBA Finals final yr. The Celtics start coaching camp subsequent week, and can tip off the NBA’s common season Oct. 18 in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers. 



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