Get to know Joe Mazzulla, Celtics’ expected interim head coach after Ime Udoka suspension

For the second time in as many seasons, the Boston Celtics will have a new head coach on the sideline.

Ime Udoka faces a likely season-long suspension for violating team policy after having a consensual relationship with a female Celtics staffer that violated team policy, per multiple reports. Celtics assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is expected to take over as Boston’s interim head coach for the 2022-23 season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday.

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So, who is the person reportedly tasked with leading the Celtics in a crucial season after a run to the 2022 NBA Finals? Here’s everything you need to know about the 34-year-old Mazzulla.

Personal background

Mazzulla was born in Johnston, R.I., and attended Bishop Hendricken High School in nearby Warwick, R.I., winning three Rhode Island state championships in four years.

Mazzulla’s father, Dan Mazzulla, played college basketball at Bryant (R.I.) University and played professionally in Chile for five years. He died in April 2020 at age 61 due to cancer.

Playing career

Mazzulla played five seasons at the University of West Virginia from 2006 to 2011. A 6-foot-2 backup guard, he redshirted his 2008-09 season and returned to become a junior captain for the 2009-10 campaign, helping the Mountaineers reach the Final Four.

Mazzulla averaged 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a senior in 2010-11.

Coaching career

After going undrafted in 2011, Mazzulla joined…

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