FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Former West Virginia University men’s basketball player, and now-former Fairmont State University men’s basketball head coach Joe Mazzulla has accepted an assistant coaching job with the Boston Celtics.
This was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Sunday evening.
It was then confirmed by a member of the Fairmont State Department of Athletics, who also said the department is planning on sending out a press release Monday afternoon.
Mazzulla now returns to the Celtics organization after a two-year stint as the Fairmont State men’s hoops head coach. He was previously an assistant coach in Boston’s Developmental League team.
Mazzulla was an assistant coach at Fairmont State when he previously left the mountain state to join the Celtics organization.
The former Mountaineer standout on the court with the ball in his hands, led the Falcons to overall records of 21-8 and 22-9 on the sidelines with the clipboard.
The Fairmont State Department of Athletics released a statement Monday afternoon, announcing that Mazzulla had stepped down from his position as head coach of the Falcons, making the move to Boston official.
“Although it’s tough to see such a great leader and friend leave our program, we could not be more thrilled for Joe and his family,” said Director of Athletics Chad Fowler. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Joe to coach in the NBA and we look forward to watching him grow as a coach and a leader on Brad Stevens’ staff in Boston.”
Multiple people from Fairmont State athletics share that sentiment; all happy for Mazzulla and recognizing what a great opportunity this is for him.
Fairmont State University President also commented.
“We would like to thank Joe and his family for their hard work and dedication to Fairmont State University, the men’s basketball program, and the community of Fairmont,” said Dr. Mirta M. Martin “We could not be prouder of what he accomplished here at Fairmont State and we look forward to watching his career moving forward with the Boston Celtics.”
The Celtics have not officially released a statement on the addition of Mazzulla to their staff, but 12 Sports spoke with a team media relations representative, who said that announcement could be coming in the coming days.
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