Boston Celtics: Dave Leitao
July, 21, 2011
The Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate for the Boston Celtics, formally introduced Dave Leitao as the team's new head coach Thursday.
Rex Brown/Getty ImagesDave Leitao is the new coach of the Maine Red Claws.
Leitao, who formerly coached collegiately at Virginia, Northeastern, DePaul, and served as an assistant at Connecticut, replaces Austin Ainge (now the director of player personnel for the Celtics). Here's the official release from the Red Claws:
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today introduced Dave Leitao as the team’s head coach. The announcement was made today in front of an exuberant crowd of Boys and Girls Club members and reporters at the Boys and Girls Club located on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. The announcement comes exactly two years to the day of the naming of Austin Ainge as the team’s first head coach; Ainge was recently named the Director of Player Personnel for the Boston Celtics, paving the way for Leitao to take the reins as the second head coach in Red Claws’ history.
“Dave Leitao has a tremendous resume of developing young talent and of getting the best out of his players,” said Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings. “Our players will benefit greatly from his experience and emphasis on defense and winning. “Dave as the head coach of the Maine Red Claws is a great addition for the franchise. This organization has enjoyed a great number of successes, on and off the court, and this day marks the beginning step to the next level for this franchise.”
Leitao, 51, brings a wealth of college experience to Maine, with a coaching career that has spanned 25 years at top college programs. The Massachusetts native is the former head coach of the University of Virginia where he was named the 2006-07 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year by the Associated Press as well as the 2007 National Association of Basketball Coaches District 5 Coach of the Year. Previously, he was head coach at Northeastern University and DePaul University and served lengthy stints as an assistant coach at Northeastern and the University of Connecticut. As the assistant coach at UConn, Leitao served under Hall-of-Fame head coach Jim Calhoun for whom he had also played at Northeastern University.