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The Boston Celtics announced Friday that Mike Taylor will be the new head coach of the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. More on the move from the team's official release:
Taylor joins the Red Claws after previously working as the top assistant coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League. As an assistant with the Vipers, Taylor was responsible for developing game plans, scouting, practice plans and player development. Taylor also has international experience as an assistant coach for the Czech Republic National Team during the summers of 2010, 2011 and 2012. Taylor also was the head coach for Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany from 2003-11 when he took the team from the 2nd Bundesliga and helped guide them to promotion to the Bundesliga and into the Bundesliga playoffs. In his 10 seasons in Europe between teams in Germany and England, Taylor amassed a record of 188-115.
“Mike impressed us with not only his coaching experience, but his enthusiasm and ability to develop young players,” said Boston Celtics Director of Player Personnel Austin Ainge. “He brings a blend of international and NBA D-League experience that will benefit the Celtics’ players assigned to Maine and the entire Red Claws’ roster.”
The 2012-13 season will mark the fourth season that the Celtics have used the Maine Red Claws as their NBA Development League affiliate and the first under the new hybrid affiliation. Under the new agreement, Boston will be Maine’s sole NBA affiliate and will have full control over the team’s basketball operations.
The Red Claws will tip of their 4th season on November 23 with two games on the road before returning to Maine for their home opener on November 30 vs. the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the NBADL affiliate of the Lakers. For information about the Red Claws schedule and tickets, visit www.maineredclaws.com or call (207) 210-6655.
In other coaching news, the Celtics officially added Jay Larranaga as an assistant earlier this week (the move was originally reported last month). Here's more on Larranaga from the team:
Larranaga comes to the Celtics from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League where he was their head coach for the past two seasons. As coach with the BayHawks, Larranaga led the team to playoff appearances in both seasons and accumulated a record of 60-40. He also had eight players receive promotions to the NBA during his tenure. Larranaga has also served as an assistant coach at Cornell University and as head coach of the Irish National Team for two seasons. Larranaga played collegiately at Bowling Green University and played professionally in Italy, Spain, France and Greece for 12 years.