Damon Stoudamire Departing Celtics To Become Georgia Tech Head Coach

2:18pm: Stoudamire has officially been named Georgia Tech’s new head coach, the school announced in a press release.

Stoudamire’s last game as an assistant with the Celtics will be on Monday, as Georgia Tech plans to hold a press conference on Tuesday to introduce him as the new head coach, per Goodman (Twitter link). Stoudamire will receive a five-year contract, sources tell Pete Thamel and Jeff Borzello of ESPN.

7:59am: Celtics assistant coach Damon Stoudamire is considered a “strong candidate” to become the next head coach at Georgia Tech, tweets Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

The school fired Josh Pastner on Friday after a 15-18 campaign. He had just three winning seasons and one NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years with the Yellow Jackets.

Goodman notes that Stoudamire has a track record as a successful college coach at Pacific, where he was named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year for the 2019/20 season. He also spent time as an assistant at Arizona and Memphis.

Stoudamire, 49, left Pacific in 2021 to join Ime Udoka’s staff when he was hired as the head coach in Boston. He remained in his position when Udoka was suspended and Joe Mazzulla took over the Celtics, and he filled in for Mazzulla in December when he missed two games with corneal abrasions.

Stoudamire was named Rookie of the Year in 1996 and played 13 NBA seasons with the Raptors, Trail Blazers, Grizzlies and Spurs.

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