Georgia Tech to hire Celtics Assistant coach Damon Stoudamire as head coach

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2023 8:34 am    Post subject: Georgia Tech to hire Celtics Assistant coach Damon Stoudamire as head coach

Sources: Georgia Tech finalizing Damon Stoudamire hire

Georgia Tech is finalizing a deal to hire Boston Celtics assistant coach Damon Stoudamire as the school's next head coach, sources told ESPN. Stoudamire has emerged as Tech's top target and the school's board is expected to approve Stoudamire's hire today.

Stoudamire brings a blend of college and NBA coaching experience along with a strong playing pedigree, the mix of which Tech officials are hopeful can resuscitate the relevance of a program that's faded in Atlanta in recent years.

Stoudamire proved a solid head coach at Pacific, which included a 23-10 season in 2019-20 that yielded him the West Coast Conference coach of the year. He went 32-19 his final two years and 71-77 overall at Pacific, leaving the job to join Ime Udoka on the Celtics staff prior to last season.

Stoudamire has also worked in college at Rice, Memphis (twice) and Arizona as an assistant coach, giving him more than a decade overall of college coaching experience.

Stoudamire replaces Josh Pastner, who went to just one NCAA tournament in his seven seasons at Georgia Tech. Pastner went 109-114, with the lone NCAA appearance coming after winning the ACC tournament in 2021.

Georgia Tech hasn't reached the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons since 2004 and 2005, a sign of the lack of sustained success. Stoudamire's challenge will be to re-energize Atlanta and the area's rich recruiting scene to make Georgia Tech a destination again.

Stoudamire emerged as a valued member of the Celtics staff in the wake of Udoka's departure prior to this season. He's been a key assistant for first-year coach Joe Mazzulla, as the Celtics have played to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference (47-21) and the team's staff earned the right to work at the NBA All-Star game. Mazzulla's performance earned the removal of his interim tag prior to the All-Star break this season.

Selected with the No. 7 overall pick in the 1995 draft, Stoudamire was named Rookie of the Year and played 13 seasons in the NBA. He averaged 13.4 points per game across stints with the Raptors, Trail Blazers, Grizzlies and Spurs.

Stoudamire will be the second high-profile hire for first-year athletic director J Batt since he came on in October. Batt promoted Brent Key to head football coach from his interim spot and sources told ESPN that the school hopes to follow the blueprint for success at Tech that Batt saw Nate Oats execute at Alabama in building the Tide into the NCAA tournament's top overall seed this year.

Batt's background is in fundraising, and there's expected to be a strong NIL push to help fortify and bolster Tech's roster to support Stoudamire.
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Damon Stoudamire adds another member to his coaching staff

Georgia Tech head coach Damon Stoudamire has added another experienced head coach to his first staff.

Bonzi Wells, who has been the head coach of LeMoyne-Owen College for the past two seasons, has accepted a role as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech according to the school's website.

Here is Well's bio from the school's website:

During his time at LeMoyne-Owen, Wells went 23-16 in SIAC play and coached two players who were selected to all-conference teams. Former Magicians standout Jaquan Lawrence was selected to the inaugural HBCU All-Star game and was named SIAC Defensive player of the year under Wells. "I learned a lot from coach, it was a great experience getting to play under someone who played the game and had success at the highest level", said Lawrence.

Hobbs is a coaching veteran and had been at Rutgers since 2016. Previous stops include two stints at UConn (2011-2016 as the assistant coach and director of basketball administration, 1993-2000 assistant coach/recruiting coordinator), George Washington (2001-2010, head coach), and his first stop was at Boston University (1988-1993).

As the head coach, Hobbs led George Washington to three NCAA Tournament appearances and as an assistant coach at UConn in 2014, he was a part of the coaching staff that won the national championship.

Parker had been on the UAB coaching staff since 2020. He had previously coached at Indiana State, Utah Valley, and Nicholls State. He played at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for two seasons before transferring to Louisiana Tech to finish his playing career.

Williams has spent the last four seasons at Kennesaw State and is a former grad assistant at Georgia Tech.

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