LIVINGSTON, PROCOPIO NAMED
TO RED CLAWS COACHING STAFF
Join Head Coach Austin Ainge for
Red Claws’ Inaugural Season
PORTLAND, ME –
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that Randy
Livingston and Mike Procopio have been named assistant coaches. The announcement
was made by Red Claws General Manager and President Jon Jennings.
addition of Randy Livingston and Mike Procopio, along with Head Coach Austin
Ainge, gives the Red Claws an outstanding coaching staff as we enter our
inaugural season,” said Jennings. “Randy Livingston brings a wealth of
experience as a player and coach at the NBA D-League and NBA level. Mike
Procopio rounds out our staff with his exceptional background as a player
development coach. It is a testament to what we are building here in Maine that
coaches of their caliber wanted to be a part of the Red Claws.”
Randy Livingston, 34, led the Idaho Stampede to the 2008 D-League championship,
retiring at the end of the season following a 12-year playing career to become
the team’s associate head coach under Bryan Gates, now a Sacramento Kings
assistant coach. Once the top rated high school player in the country,
Livingston’s college and pro careers were hampered by injuries. Utah Jazz
General Manager Kevin O’Connor referred to Livingston as “Not a good player – a
great player” telling a Deseret News reporter “he was (among) the Jason Kidds of
the world back then” before knee injuries curtailed his college career at
Louisiana State. After being limited to just 29 games at LSU, he entered the
1996 NBA Draft and was selected in the second round (42nd overall) by the
Houston Rockets. Over the next 12 seasons, he saw playing time with the Houston
Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Seattle
SuperSonics, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, and Utah
his playing career, Livingston also spent time in the Turkish basketball league,
playing for Galatasaray, and with the CBA’s Sioux Falls Skyforce and Idaho
Stampede. The Idaho Stampede is where Livingston made his mark. Following a
five-year playing career with the team, which joined the D-League in 2006,
Livingston announced his retirement after leading the Stampede to the 2008
D-League championship. The 2006-07
D-League MVP left the team as its all-time leader in total points (2,428),
assists (1,517) and games played (163). On April 10, 2009, Livingston became the
only player in Stampede team history to have his jersey retired when his #32 was
raised to the rafters of Qwest Arena near the 2008 championship banner. Mayor
David Bieter proclaimed April 10 as “Randy Livingston Day” in the city of Boise.
Following his retirement as a player, Livingston joined the Stampede as
associate head coach, helping to lead the team to a 31-19 record and a second
place finish in the West Division this season.
extremely fortunate to have a coach of Randy Livingston’s caliber to help me,”
said Red Claws Head Coach Austin Ainge.
“Randy knows the game, knows our league, and has experience at every
level of basketball. I trust Randy’s
instincts and basketball IQ implicitly and will rely heavily on his opinion.”
Considered among the top player development coaches in the country, Mike
Procopio is a sought-after commodity among basketball’s elite, including Kobe
Bryant (Lakers), Paul Pierce (Celtics), Devin Harris (Nets), Mike Finley (Spurs)
and Dwayne Wade (Heat), who seek out his expertise to refine and develop their
games. His drills focus on footwork and technique, teaching players the
advantages of explosive footwork, scoring off the dribble, taking advantage of a
defender’s weakness and eliminating wasted motion, among other skills.
Revere, Massachusetts native, Procopio is the Director of Basketball Operations
for Attack Athletics in Chicago, Illinois, a 65,000 square foot gym that trains
approximately 80 NBA players and 20 top level college players each summer.
Attack Athletics provides a cutting edge platform for athletes to sharpen their
skills and become more effective players, using the latest research and
technology. Along with current NBA players, Attack Athletics works with many of
the top draft picks with a pre-draft program that emphasizes skill training and
how to showcase their skills during camps and workouts.
Tim Grover, who was Michael Jordan’s personal trainer for fifteen years, Attack
boasts a clientele that includes Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and Andre Iguodala.
Procopio, who has been with Attack Athletics for four years, made headlines this
past season as a personal strategic game management coach to Kobe Bryant.
Procopio, 34, would provide Bryant with statistical information on his upcoming
opponents and give him scouting reports on how utilize his own skills as well as
his teammates to be successful. As Bryant told
Yahoo! Sports in June “To have someone
as dedicated to the game as (Procopio), it was great for me. He could see things
from the outside looking in that sometimes get a little cloudy when you’re in
the moment of the battle. … All the time he would send me things I hadn’t
Suffolk University graduate, Procopio spent four years with the Boston Celtics
as a scout primarily overseeing overseas players before joining Attack
Athletics. He traces his current career back to his start as an assistant for
the Boston Amateur Basketball Club under Leo Papile, Rick Pitino’s then
assistant coach at Boston University who later became the Celtics’ director of
player personnel, where he began working with the BABC players including Chris
Herren. As word spread, he began working out players from area colleges.
Procopio’s experience also includes stints as a high school coach at Revere High
School and Notre Dame Prep, both in Massachusetts.
with having four years of NBA front office experience, Mike Procopio regularly
works out some of the best players in the NBA,” Ainge said. “His experience and
ability to develop players should make our team a desirable place for every
player looking to make a jump to the next level.
As soon as I got this job, Mike was one of the first calls I made because
of his experience teaching the game.”
SEASON TICKET UPDATE:
The Red Claws have now sold 1,203 season tickets and continue to lead the
16-team NBA D-League in ticket sales and revenue. The Red Claws also presented
five additional fans with a free season ticket after they successfully sunk a
half court during this past weekend’s Pick-A-Seat open house.