Jay Larranaga is among the favorites to be named the next Boston Celtics head coach.
The 46-year-old, born in North Carolina, played international basketball with Ireland for almost a decade and was also a player / coach between 2008 and 2010.
There have been upheavals in the Celtics’ organization in recent days with the resignation of Danny Ainge as president of basketball operations and Brad Stevens – who had been head coach for the past eight seasons – to take on this role.
Larranaga, who has played professionally in Europe, has been an assistant coach for the Celtics since 2012, a year before Stevens joined the team. He’s previously been linked with NBA head coaching roles, including Charlotte and New York Knicks jobs.
Last year Stevens – who will lead the search for his replacement – mentionned it was “only a matter of time” before Larranaga landed a head coaching job.
In places, Larranaga is now the favorite to succeed Stevens. Other names linked to the role of the Celtics include Jason Kidd, Sam Cassell, Chauncy Billups, and Becky Hammon.
Jay Larranaga favorite to be Boston Celtics’ next head coach
Brad Stevens has a strong coaching staff – Jay Larranaga has run for other head coaching positions while Scott Morrison and Jerome Allen have head coaching experience at different levels – but Stevens will look to the outside as part of the search for coaches.
– Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) June 2, 2021
Larranaga’s father is Jim Larranaga, a legend of college basketball coaches in the United States and currently the head coach of the University of Miami.
Larranaga’s maternal grandfather was Vincent Lynch, who was born in Cork and immigrated to the United States as a child.
“He was brought up in an Irish family who love the wonderful history and tradition of a remarkable country”, mentionned Jim Larranaga when his son was appointed Ireland’s head coach in 2008.
“His love for Ireland and basketball will show in the way he leads the Irish basketball team. Jay will create great excitement for all who follow basketball in Ireland.”
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