The Celtics announced today that they have named Tom Thibodeau as an assistant coach. From the team’s press release:
Thibodeau, who comes to the team from the Houston Rockets, had helped the Rockets rank among the top five in the NBA in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense in each of the past four campaigns.
In his now 17 NBA seasons, Thibodeau has helped his team finish in the NBA’s Top 10 in team defense 14 times. He has also coached in 87 NBA playoff games in his career, including New York’s appearance in the 1999 NBA Finals.
Thibodeau’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, Thibodeau became an assistant coach at Harvard. He coached at Harvard for four years before leaving for the NBA.