– The Boston Celtics have officially hired Erie BayHawks head coach Jay Larranaga to serve as an assistant to head coach Doc Rivers.
“I am extremely excited to join Coach Rivers’ coaching staff and feel honored to be given the opportunity to work for one of the most storied franchises in professional sports history,” said Larranaga. “My family and I will really miss being a part of the Erie community and all of the friends we have made. More than anything, I would like to thank Steve Demetriou and Owen McCormick. Their faith, support, and friendship over the last two years helped me to grow as a coach and person and made it possible for me to take this next step in my coaching career.”
“We knew when we hired Jay that he had a bright future and would eventually coach in the NBA. This is bittersweet for the BayHawks, but it is exactly what the NBA Development League is about - not only developing players for the NBA, but coaches and staff too,” said BayHawks majority owner Steve Demetriou. “Jay did a fantastic job leading our team the last two years and this move is a result of that success. We couldn’t be happier for Jay and his family and wish them the best.”
Larranaga lead the BayHawks the past two seasons compiling an overall record of 62-44 and qualifying for the NBA Development League playoffs each year. Prior to joining the BayHawks, Larranaga spent twelve years in Europe where he won three championships as a player, was the captain of the Irish National Team for five years, and served as a player/coach for two years. He then had a short stint as an assistant coach at Cornell University before moving to Erie.
This summer, Larranaga served as an assistant coach for the Ukraine senior men’s national team, a temporary position that brought him back to Erie one week ago. Larranaga is currently in Boston with the Celtics.