RED CLAWS ASSISTANT COACH
PORTLAND, ME - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, were quick to react to the news that Red Claws assistant coach Randy Livingston has been named the head coach of the Idaho Stampede. Livingston was introduced to the media in Boise, ID during a 2 PM (MST) press conference this afternoon.
“The NBA Development League is about not only developing players for the next level, but coaches, officials and staff as well,” said Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings. “We were proud to see our first player, Mario West, sign an NBA contract this past season and now we see one of our assistant coaches moving up to become a head coach. Randy Livingston showed dedication and perseverance throughout his playing career. There is no question, those skills will serve him well as he makes the step up to head coach.”
As a player, Livingston, 35, 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. 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 Jazz. During 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. He joined the Red Claws in 2009-10 as assistant coach under Head Coach Austin Ainge.
“I am very excited for Randy and this opportunity. He will do a great job,” said Ainge. “I will miss his knowledge and understanding of the game, but he was ready to be a head coach and take his career to the next level. As a friend I wish him all the success – except when the Stampede play the Red Claws, of course.”