Former Mountaineer Joe Mazzulla has not been a coach for very long, but he may receiver a tremendous opportunity, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski reported that Mazzulla was one of several assistant coaches interviewed for the Boston Celtics’ head coaching job.
Former Celtics coach Brad Stevens stepped down to become the franchise’s general manager earlier this week and spent the first few days in his new role interviewing members of his former staff to be his potential replacement, according to Wojnarowski.
That included Mazzulla, who was hired as an assistant in Boston in 2019. Mazzulla has been in the Celtics organization for a number of years, also serving as an assistant coach for the Maine Red Claws in the G-League. He also spent two seasons as the head coach at Fairmont State, succeeding former Bob Huggins assistant Jerrod Calhoun.
Jared Weiss of The Athletic views Mazzulla as more of a longshot candidate for the position compared to the other Celtics assistants. Mazzulla, 32, is still young with limited coaching experience, but Wiess is confident that he has the “makings of a future NBA coach”.
Mazzulla played at WVU from 2006-11 and was an integral member of the Mountaineers’ 2010 Final Four team. In 145 career games, he averaged 4.8 points, 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds. He had his best season as a senior in 2010-11 when he posted career-highs in points (7.7), assists (4.2), rebounds (3.8) and shooting percentage (46%).