College - Fitchburg State
Jim Todd brings a wealth of coaching experience into his second season (first full campaign) on the Knicks bench.
Formally named to Mike Woodson’s staff on Mar. 17, 2012, Todd had started the 2011-12 campaign as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings under Keith Smart. But by season’s end, he was writing the latest chapter in his coaching history in the world’s greatest basketball city.
“It hit me the day I was leaving Sacramento,” says Todd, who is currently in his 14th season as an NBA coach. “The Kings were great to me, Coach Smart brought me back into the League last year and they were nice enough to let me leave and go with Woody, who’s one of my best friends. It’s a move you have to make - it’s with your friend, it’s closer to home and it’s New York. If you grow up in Boston, you’ve got Boston and New York and that whole rivalry. With the old Boston Garden and now Madison Square Garden, there’s not a better place to be.”
The move to New York reunited Todd with Woodson, with whom he broke into the NBA as assistants under Chris Ford at Milwaukee in 1996 and more than a decade later, Todd would serve on Woodson’s staff in Atlanta for two years.
“Jim adds a lot of experience to our staff,” says Woodson. “We started together 16 years ago in Milwaukee, and then our paths didn’t cross for a long time. He went in one direction and I went in another, and we could never hook back up. Then when I had the opportunity to bring him to Atlanta, I jumped on it because of the fact that he has a great mind for the game. That’s why he’s here with me in New York. I’ve been pretty successful with Jim in terms of winning, and he brings a wealth of experience.”
Todd’s initial two-year stint in Milwaukee (1996-97 through 1997-98) proved to be the first of three separate tenures with the Bucks, as he was also a Bucks assistant from 2002-03 through 2003-04 (under George Karl and Terry Porter) and again in 2007-08 (under Larry Krystowiak).
After serving under Chris Ford in Milwaukee, Todd went with Ford to the Los Angeles Clippers as an assistant coach for two seasons (1998-99 through 1999-2000). On Feb. 3, 2000, he succeeded Ford as head coach of the Clippers for the remainder of the season (4-33), earning his first NBA head coaching victory with a 78-77 triumph over Atlanta on Feb. 26, 2000.
Todd served for three seasons on Sam Mitchell’s staff at Toronto (2004-05 through 2006-07). Following the 2007-08 season in Milwaukee, he again teamed with Woodson on Mike’s Atlanta staff from 2008-09 through 2009-10. Including the Knicks’ march to the 2012 post-season, Todd’s teams have reached the NBA Playoffs in six of his 13 seasons in the League.
“I would say that this is definitely the most talented team I’ve been involved with,” said Todd as he prepared for his first full season in New York. “We’ll see how the whole thing plays out. We’re looking forward to it and we expect to have a great season.”
In 2010-11, Todd coached professionally in China and was an assistant coach for the Canadian men’s national basketball team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship Games in Turkey. Following his initial NBA stint with Milwaukee and the Clippers, he served for one season (2001-02) as an assistant coach at DePaul.
Todd has been involved in coaching at the high school, college and pro level since 1976. Jim’s coaching career began in 1976, when he led Notre Dame (MA) HS to a 26-2 record and the state title. From 1977-86, he worked as a head coach at Fitchburg State, as an assistant coach at Columbia University and Marist College (where he worked with future NBA star Rik Smits), and as an associate head coach at Manhattan College.
Todd was head coach at Salem State from 1987-96, recording a 192-57 (.771) mark and leading the school to eight NCAA Division III tournament appearances. He was named NCAA New England Coach of the Year in 1990. Todd also coached Salem State’s golf team to three NCAA appearances.
A native of Billerica, MA, Jim earned a master’s degree in education from Fitchburg State (his alma mater) in 1976. He is a member of both the Salem State and Fitchburg State Halls of Fame as well as the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Jim and his wife Gail live in Westford, MA.