Joe Mazzulla is the 19th head coach of the Boston Celtics who replaced previous head coach Ime Udoka after Udoka's suspension for violating team policies.
Mazzulla was named Boston's interim head coach following Udoka's suspension on Sept. 22, 2022. After Mazzulla guided the Celtics to an NBA-best 42-17 record entering the 2023 All-Star break, the C's dropped his interim tag and named him full-time head coach on Feb. 16, 2023.
Mazzulla had served as an assistant coach with the Celtics since 2019, making him the longest-tenured assistant on staff at the beginning of the 2022-23 season.
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Here's everything you need to know about the Celtics' head coach.
Joe Mazzulla's bio
- Birthdate: June 30, 1988
- Birthplace: Johnston, Rhode Island
- College: West Virginia
- NBA Experience: 3 years
Joe Mazzulla's playing career
Mazzulla was a backup guard for the University of West Virginia from 2006 to 2011. After redshirting his 2008-09 season, he became a junior captain for the 2009-10 campaign and helped the Mountaineers reach the Final Four. He averaged 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a senior in 2010-11.
Joe Mazzulla's coaching career
Mazzulla joined Glenville State as an assistant coach after going undrafted in 2011. He spent two seasons at the Division II school before taking an assistant job with Division II Fairmont State in 2013.
In 2016, Mazzulla became an assistant coach for Boston's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. The following season, he returned to Fairmont State to become its head coach. He led the Fighting Falcons to a 43-17 overall record over two seasons from 2017 to 2019.
The Celtics hired Mazzulla as an assistant coach in 2019. He spent two seasons on then-head coach Brad Stevens' staff before Stevens replaced Danny Ainge as president of basketball operations in 2021. Mazzulla was the only Celtics assistant coach who remained on staff when Ime Udoka replaced Stevens as head coach in 2021.
In his debut season as head coach, Mazzulla led the C's to a 57-25 record and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Joe Mazzulla's family
Mazzulla's father, Dan Mazzulla, was a basketball coach who played college basketball at Bryant and professionally in Chile. Dan Mazzulla was inducted into the Bryant Hall of Fame in 2007. He died of cancer in April 2020.
Joe Mazzulla's younger brother Justin played college basketball at George Washington before transferring to Vermont. In June 2022, he joined the Rhode Island basketball staff as a graduate assistant.