Mazzulla Accepts Assistant Coaching Job With Boston Celtics
All basketball players dream of playing in the NBA. It undoubtedly was a goal of former West Virginia University standout Joe Mazzulla at some point.
But shortly after his playing career at WVU came to an end, Mazzulla knew his future in the game was as a coach.
And now he’s headed for the NBA. Not the developmental league, where he coached before becoming Fairmont State’s head coach two years ago, but the actual NBA, with the Boston Celtics.
A source close to Fairmont State’s athletic department confirmed ESPN social media reports that Mazzulla has been hired as a bench coach with the Celtics.
He joins the staff of Brad Stevens, who rose to fame in the coaching world with his successful stint in college basketball at Butler. Stevens has coached the Celtics the past five years.
Mazzulla coached five years on the NCAA Division II level, three years as an assistant at Fairmont State and then two years as a head coach.
For one year in between those stints, Mazzula was an assistant coach with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA’s developmental league.
He apparently caught NBA team’s attention for his ease working with players, as well as his knowledge of the game.
Mazzulla also was a frequent speaker at youth events, emphasizing the need for commitment, dedication, hard work and communication to achieve success.