Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has added another member to his coaching staff. Jay Larranaga from the NBA D-League is the latest member of the Boston Celtics coaching staff. Doc always seems to have a large coaching staff due to his desire to have a lot of quality basketball minds working with his players so this move should come as zero surprise that another basketball mind was brought on board.
Here is what we know about Mr.Larranaga. If the name is familiar to you then you are probably thinking of his dad James the head coach of the University of Miami that in 2006 coached George Mason to an improbable Final Four finish. His dad is rumored to be the connection to Doc Rivers that got him in the Celtics door as he is friends with Rivers.
Larranaga’s coaching resume is solid. He was the head coach of the Irish National team from 08-2010. His recent work was the head coach of the Erie Bayhawks the last two years. He coached them to the playoffs both years to the tune of a 60-40 record. He was going to be on the New York Knicks Summer League coaching staff, but instead opted to experience coaching under former NBA coaching great Mike Fratello on the Ukrainian senior men’s national team staff in the qualifying round for the 2013 European Championships. Ukraine is 2-1 and next plays against Cyprus Thursday.
The bottom line is one team can never have enough solid coaching. At 37, Larranaga is a relatively young coach that can learn under Doc’s wing. Is this move huge right now, no. However, who knew that a young coach from Salem State College would one day be the defensive mastermind behind the an NBA championship team like Tommy Thibs did in 08. Time will tell on this hire. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!!!