Tom Thibodeau selected as USA Basketball Men’s National Team assistant coach
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2013) – USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, and New Orleans Pelicans head coach and former USA Basketball player Monty Williams, today were announced as USA Basketball Men’s National Team assistant coaches for 2013-16 by USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.
USA Basketball announced on May 23 that Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski, who directed the USA National Teams from 2006-2012 to a 62-1 overall record and back-to-back Olympic championships, would return to lead the USA National Team program for a third quadrennium.
Over the course of the 2013-16 quad, the USA Men’s National Team coaching staff will direct the USA through a team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev., July 22-25, 2013; the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the FIBA World Championship) Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain; if necessary, the 2015 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“Circumstances change for individuals, and it was time to make some coaching staff changes. We’re excited about the coaches we have coming on board,” said Colangelo, who has served as the Managing Director of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program since 2005 and seen those teams compile a 62-1 record. “I think we have assembled another outstanding coaching staff, one that I believe will continue to lead our program to success on the court as well as off. Coach Boeheim is a Hall of Fame coach who knows the international game as well as anyone and has been an invaluable part of the national team program since its inception in 2006. Coaches Thibodeau and Williams are outstanding additions to our staff, and both of them have already made their mark in the league.
“I also want to acknowledge and thank our previous national team assistant coaches Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan,” added Colangelo. “They were both huge parts of our successes over the last seven years, and I want to publically thank them for all their time and many contributions.”
“I’m really excited about the USA Basketball National Team coaching staff,” said Krzyzewski. “To work with Jim Boeheim again, who’s as close of a friend as you can have in this profession and also one of the brilliant coaches in the history of our game, to have him right along side me is fantastic. We’ve done that for the last seven years, we’re going to do it for four more.
“To have Tom Thibodeau join us, I think his reputation speaks for itself. He was a great assistant who has become an outstanding pro coach, and nobody wants to play the Bulls. The toughness that they show, their togetherness, their competitiveness, and the preparation that is there, that is shown by he and his staff. I think he is one of the best defensive coaches, his defensive game plans are incredible, and so I’m really looking forward to working with him. Then in Monty Williams, it’s ironic that he was an assistant with Nate McMillan, and again he is someone who is well respected in the NBA. The players love playing for him. I actually know him some because is a very close friend of Grant Hill, I’ve met him a number of times, and I’m looking forward to working with him.
“I think the different personalities that we have on this staff and the different strong suits of each coach will make all of us better,” Krzyzewski concluded. “I’m anxious to get started.”
The USA Men’s National Team begins its 2013 training with a July 22-25 mini-camp in Las Vegas that concludes with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, featuring a Blue-White intra-squad game, on July 25 at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. The mini-camp will feature rising NBA stars, newly minted All-Stars, and members of the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s Select Team. A full roster will be announced later this month.
Tickets for the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase on July 25 go on sale June 13. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or at www.UNLVtickets.com.
Boeheim, Syracuse University’s Hall of Fame mentor and longtime USA Basketball coach and committee member, returns to the USA sidelines for a third stint as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team.
“I've had a number of tremendous coaching experiences in the game of basketball and certainly working on the staff for the USA Basketball Men's National Team has been one of them,” said Boeheim. “I know we are all excited to get the group together again and work toward winning a third straight gold medal.
“I can't imagine a greater honor for a coach than having the opportunity to represent your country in international competition and especially at the Olympics.”
Assisting on the USA sidelines in 2010-12, those USA National Teams finished a sterling 26-0. Boeheim helped the Americans to a 9-0 record and gold medal finish in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, then helped direct the Americans to a perfect 8-0 mark and a second straight gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Boeheim was also an assistant coach for the USA National Team program during the three summers between 2006-08 and aided the program to a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record and just as importantly reestablished the USA team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport. The USA squad culminated the quadrennium by finishing 8-0 to reclaim the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA’s first gold in a major international competition since 2000. The USA National Team also won gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 10-0 record to qualify the U.S. men for the 2008 Olympic Games. In the program’s first year, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.
Since taking control in 1976 of the Syracuse men's basketball program, Boeheim's teams have enjoyed overwhelming success. In his 37 seasons as a head coach, Boeheim has a career record of 920-314 (.746).
In his 37 years (1976-77 through 2012-13) as SU’s head coach, Boeheim has a career record of 920-314 (.746). With Boeheim at the helm, Syracuse has amazingly produced only winning records and has won 19 or more games in 36 of his 37 seasons, and averaged 24.9 wins a season and just 8.5 losses. His 35 20 win or better seasons ranks him first for the most ever, and his teams have won 30 more games six times.
Syracuse has earned postseason berths (30 NCAAs and six NITs) in all but one of Boeheim's 37 seasons. He has steered the Orange to 17 Sweet 16 appearances, nine Elite Eights, four NCAA Final Fours (1987, 1996, 2003 and 2013), three NCAA Championship game appearances (1987, 1996 and 2003), and the national title in 2003. In his 30 NCAA tournament appearances his teams have compiled an impressive 52-29 (.642 winning percentage) NCAA Tournament record. He lists fourth all-time for NCAA Tournament wins.
Boeheim, who owns the most Division I wins at one school (920), currently ranks second for career wins by a men's NCAA Division I coach, listing only behind long-time friend and USA head mentor Krzyzewski. Boeheim earned win 903 on Jan. 3, 2013, to move ahead of legend Bobby Knight on the NCAA’s Division I all-time coaching wins list, and claimed his 880th win on Feb. 8, 2012, surpassing Dean Smith's 879 wins at North Carolina, for the most career wins as head coach at a single school.
Boeheim is also the winningest coach in Big East Conference history, Boeheim has compiled a 413-220 mark in Big East regular season games over 34 seasons, and is 50-29 in Big East Conference Tournament games having claimed the tournament crown five times and having played in the tournament title game 15 times.
Finishing with a record of 30-10 in 2012-13, Boeheim’s Syracuse squad advanced to the championship game of the 2013 Big East Conference Tournament and to the 2013 NCAA Final Four.
He led Syracuse in 2011-12 to a 34-3 overall mark, a Big East Conference regular season championship with a 17-1 record, and to the 2012 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen. Additionally, the Orange ranked No. 1 during the season. Syracuse became just the second team in Big East history to go 17-1 in the league. The ‘Cuse also set school records for most regular season victories, the most wins to start a season (20) and most home wins since the opening of the Carrier Dome (19).
Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2005, Boeheim was the 2006 recipient of the John R. Wooden “Legends of Coaching” honor. He also was selected the “Spirit of Jimmy V” honoree by the V Foundation for Cancer Research at its second annual Gala held April 21, 2005, in New York City.
Boeheim has been recognized for his outstanding coaching by being named as the 2009-10 Coach of the Year by The Associated Press, FoxSports.com, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Naismith, Sporting News, the United States Basketball Writers Association and Yahoo!Sports.
A four-time Big East Conference Coach of the Year, Boeheim has been honored as District II Coach of the Year 11 times by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). During the 2000 Final Four he was presented with the Claire Bee Award in recognition of his contributions to the sport. In the fall of 2000, he received Syracuse University's Arents Award, the school's highest alumni honor. On Feb. 24, 2002, Syracuse University named the Carrier Dome court “Jim Boeheim Court” in recognition of his many accomplishments.
In 2005-06 he directed Syracuse to a 23-12 overall record, the NCAA Tournament and a Big East Tournament Championship. In winning the 2006 Big East Tournament, Syracuse became the first team in the 27-year history of the Big East Tournament to claim the championship with four victories and the first number nine seed to win the championship.
A native of Lyons, N.Y., Boeheim enrolled at Syracuse in 1962 and was a walk-on with the basketball team. By Boeheim's senior season, he was a team captain along with the legendary Dave Bing. The Orangemen finished 22-6 overall that year and earned the team’s second-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Syracuse compiled a 55-24 record (.696 winning percentage) with Boeheim a member of their teams.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in social science, Boeheim played professionally with Scranton of the Eastern League. He was a member of two championship squads and earned all-star second-team honors.
In 1969 he turned to a career in coaching and was hired as a graduate assistant at Syracuse by head coach Roy Danforth. He was soon promoted to a full-time assistant and was part of the staff that guided the Orangemen to the program's first Final Four appearance in 1975. A year later he was appointed head coach at his alma mater. Syracuse compiled a record of 139-65 while he was an assistant.
Boeheim also possesses plenty of international coaching experience, having served on 12 USA Basketball coaching staffs.
Boeheim, in addition to his assistant coaching duties with the 2006-08 and 2010-12 USA National Teams, led the 2001 USA Basketball Young Men's Team to the gold medal at the FIBA World Championship For Young Men in Japan, and later that fall was named the USA Basketball 2001 National Coach of the Year. Boeheim also served as head coach of the 2000 World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team that finished with a 4-1 record and the silver medal. In 1998 he led the USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team to a gold medal and 6-0 finish, and in 1982 guided the U.S. Olympic Festival East Team to a 2-2 finish and the silver medal.
He also served as an assistant coach on USA Basketball coaching staffs for the 1990 World Championship Team (6-2 / bronze medal); 1990 Goodwill Games Team (3-2 / silver medal); and 1989 World University Games (6-0 / gold medal).
Boeheim has served as chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee since 2005, and was a member of the 10-member committee for 2001-2004.
He and his wife, Juli, are parents of James Arthur Boeheim, III, and twins Jack and Jamie. Jim also has a daughter, Elizabeth.
Thibodeau’s selection is his first with USA Basketball.
“I am honored that Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski have asked me to join the USA Basketball National Team coaching staff,” said Thibodeau. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to be representing our country the next four years and to be part of such a great team. I’m very excited about having the opportunity to work with all the great coaches and players that are going to be involved.”
A veteran of 22 years along the NBA sidelines, Thibodeau (pronounced Thib-uh-DOE) was named the 18th head coach in the Chicago Bulls franchise history on June 23, 2010, and is the only coach in NBA history to win the most games in the league each of his first two seasons.
In three seasons as the Bulls head mentor, his teams have compiled 157-73 win-loss record (.683 winning percentage) during the regular season, won two Central Division titles, and participated in three NBA Playoffs. His career winning percentage of .683 ranks him fourth in NBA history among head coaches who have coached at least 200 career games.
In his first season as head coach, Thibodeau in 2010-11 guided the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals, the team’s first appearance in the Conference Finals since the 1997-98 season. The Bulls also won the Central Division title, en route to the franchise’s sixth 60-win season in team history with a league-best record of 62-20 (.756). The 62 wins in 2010-11 broke Phil Jackson’s franchise mark (55 in 1989-90) for most wins by a first-year Bulls head coach, he became just the third coach (along with Paul Westphal and Bill Russell) in NBA history to win 60 or more games in his first year as a head coach, and his 62 victories tied Westphal for most wins by a first-year head coach in league history.
Named the 2010-11 NBA Coach of the Year, he was also named NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month on three occasions (January, March and April) and is the first Bulls head coach to win the award three times in a season.
In year two with the Bulls, Chicago posted a league-best record of 50-16 (.758), including a league-best road record of 24-9 (.727), en route to a second consecutive Central Division crown and the NBA Playoffs. Thibodeau broke the NBA record for reaching the 100-win plateau the fastest by winning his 100th game in his 130th contest as a head coach (03/19/12). He directed the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla., and finished as runner-up for the 2011-12 NBA Coach of the Year.
In 2012-13, despite missing all-star guard Derrick Rose for the entire season, Chicago compiled a 45-37 record, finished second in the Central Division, defeated the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs and fell to the Miami Heat in the conference semifinals.
Thibodeau served as the Associate Head Coach of the Boston Celtics from 2007-10, where the Celtics made two trips to the NBA Finals and won the 2008 NBA Championship. Prior to joining the Bulls, his teams won .530 percent of their regular season games (896-794) and .527 percent of their postseason contests (88-79). All told, his teams have advanced to the NBA postseason 17 times, including three trips to the NBA Finals (1999, 2008 and 2010).
He has also been an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves (1989-91), the San Antonio Spurs (1992-94), the Philadelphia 76ers (1994-96), the New York Knicks (1996-2003) and the Houston Rockets (2003-07). He spent the 1991-92 season as an advance scout with the Seattle SuperSonics. While serving as an assistant coach in the NBA, he worked under Bill Musselman, Jerry Tarkanian, John Lucas, Jeff Van Gundy, Don Chaney and Doc Rivers.
Thibodeau was a four-year letter winner in basketball at Salem State University (Mass.). He was team captain his senior season, and a member of back-to-back MASCAC Conference Champion squads in 1980 and 1981 (the first two basketball teams in school history to qualify for the Division III NCAA Tournament). In 1981, upon completion of his collegiate career, he took his first coaching job as an assistant on the Vikings staff. Following three years as an assistant, he was promoted to head coach at Salem State University, a position he held for one season. In 1985, he was hired as an assistant coach at Harvard University, where he spent four seasons on campus, before accepting a spot on Bill Musselman’s coaching staff with the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989.
Thibodeau, 55, was born in New Britain, Conn., on Jan. 17, 1958. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling from Salem State University and was inducted into the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Having previously represent USA Basketball as a player, this is Williams first coaching assignment with USA Basketball.
“I want to thank Mr. Colangelo for his confidence in me and I am truly honored and looking forward to working on Coach K’s staff,” said Williams. “For me to be involved as an assistant coach for USA Basketball where I can represent my country is a privilege and the ultimate honor. I was fortunate back in the early 90’s to be on the USA 22-and-under roster where we won the gold medal in Spain. and I felt a tremendous amount of pride. With this honor, I feel the same sense of pride again for my country, but I also want to make the Benson’s, Pelican organization, New Orleans community and my family proud.”
On June 7, 2010, Williams was appointed head coach of the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans), and 2013-13 saw him complete his third year as the franchise's head mentor.
Williams’ began his first stint as a head coach with a successful season in 2010-11, leading the Hornets to a 46-36 record and the seventh seed in the 2011 NBA playoffs. In post-season play, the Hornets pushed former NBA-champion Lakers to six games and Williams placed seventh in Coach of the Year voting, after being named the NBA’s Western Conference Coach of the Month for January of 2011.
In his sophomore campaign, Williams managed 22 different players and 26 different starting lineups through an injury-plagued season where six players missed upwards of 15 games due to injury or illness. Through it all, Williams’ squad increased its wins in every month from January to April, and closed out the regular season with a 6-1 stretch at the New Orleans Arena.
In 2013-13, No. 1 draft pick and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Davis made his debut with New Orleans. Under Williams, Davis averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocked shots and 1.2 steals a game and became just the fifth rookie in NBA history to record averages of at least 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.0 assists per game. Davis, who was runner-up for NBA Rookie of the Year honors, also became the youngest player in the history of the NBA to record those statistical averages in a season.
Williams spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. At the date of his hiring, Williams became the youngest head coach in the NBA at 38 years old.
Williams is one of the promising young coaches in the NBA. Trail Blazers Head Coach Nate McMillan charged Williams with running the team’s 2007 and 2008 entries into the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The two teams featured young Trail Blazers prospects Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jerryd Bayless and Nicolas Batum.
Prior to joining the Trail Blazers, he won an NBA Championship as a coaching staff intern with the San Antonio Spurs in 2004-05, and, during the summer of 2005, coached the Spurs’ Summer League entry in the Rocky Mountain Revue.
Selected by New York in the first round (24th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft, Williams was a nine-year veteran of the NBA before chronic knee problems forced him into retirement in 2003. Hailing from Notre Dame, Williams played for New York, San Antonio, Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia. His best season was with the Spurs in 1996-97, when he averaged 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 65 games and shot 50.9 percent from the field. In 456 career games, he averaged 6.3 points per game.
He was an honorable mention All-American at Notre Dame after averaging 22.4 points and 8.4 rebounds during his senior season. Williams was away from basketball for two years during college (from 1990 to 1992) after being diagnosed with hypertropic cardiomyopathy, a rare condition of thickened muscle between the chambers of the heart. He earned a degree from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, majoring in communications and theatre. In high school, he was a 4.0 student at Potomac in Oxon Hill, Md.
Williams played on a pair of USA Basketball teams. Selected as a member of the 1993 USA 22 & Under World Championship Qualifying Team, he averaged 5.5 ppg. and assisted the U.S. to a 6-1 record, the silver medal, and a qualifying berth for the FIBA 22 & Under World Championship. At the 1993 FIBA 22 & Under World Championship he averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds a game as the U.S. finished a perfect 8-0 record to win the gold medal.
Active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and many other charities, he was involved with fellow NBA guard Charlie Ward in distributing shoes and athletic equipment to impoverished communities in South Africa. In September of 2011, Williams went to South Africa as part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program. Since moving to New Orleans, Williams has been active in the community, focusing his time on prison ministry, spending time with senior citizens and disadvantaged youth, as well as military families. He and his wife, Ingrid, are the parents of five children – Lael, Faith, Janna, Elijah and Micah.
USA Basketball Men’s National Team
On May 23, 2013, Colangelo officially announced that Duke University Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski would return to lead the USA National Team for 2013-16.
Over the course of the 2013-16 quad, USA Men’s National Teams will conduct a team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev., July 22-25, 2013; compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the FIBA World Championship) Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain; if necessary, participate in the 2015 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Since Colangelo and Krzyzewski teamed up in 2006, USA National Teams have compiled a spectacular 62-1 record over the seven years, claimed top honors in four of five FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions, and just as importantly, reestablished the USA National Team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport.
The USA National Team program between 2006 and 2008 compiled a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record. The USA culminated the 2005-08 quadrennium by finishing 8-0 to reclaim the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA’s first gold in a major international competition since 2000. The USA National Team also won gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 10-0 record to qualify the U.S. men for the 2008 Olympic Games. In the program’s first year, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.
With Colangelo and Krzyzewski returning to lead the USA Basketball National Team for 2009-12, the national program compiled a perfect 26-0 win-loss record and won gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 London Olympics.
Since first fielding in 1992 a team of legendary NBA stars, USA Basketball National Teams comprised of NBA players have claimed gold medals in 12 of 15 major international basketball competitions, while compiling an impressive 117-7 overall record (.944 winning percentage) in those competitions, and posting a record of 42-1 (.977 winning percentage) in exhibition games.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.
USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); women’s FIBA U19 World Championship; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships, and FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship and FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
2013-16 USA Basketball Men’s National Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
Assistant Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
Assistant Coach: Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls
Assistant Coach: Monty Williams, New Orleans Pelicans