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State of Rhode Island Names Day After Joe Mazzulla



Joe Mazzulla

Boston Celtics HC, and former WVU guard, Joe Mazzulla now has a whole day named after him. The state of Rhode Island announced that June 21 will now be known as Joe Mazzulla Day.

Mazzulla coached the Celtics to their 18th NBA title, and his first in two seasons as head coach for Boston. Mazzulla is the sixth-youngest coach to win the NBA Finals, with the most recent being Bill Russell in 1969.

Mazzulla is a native of Johnston, RI. and attended Bishop Hendricken High School.

Click here to read the full proclamation by the state.

Mazzulla took over the interim duties for Ime Udoka before the 2022-2023 season, leading the Celtics to 57 wins during his rookie season. Mazzulla also coached in the 2023 NBA All-Star Game.

Mazzulla, who played guard at West Virginia from 2006-11, has worked his way up the coaching ladder over the past decade. Mazzulla began pursuing a coaching career following his graduation from West Virginia. Following coaching stints at Glenville State and Fairmont State, the former Mountaineer was hired as an assistant of the Maine Red Claws, Boston’s G-League team. Mazzulla went back to Fairmont State in 2017 to serve as the head coach of the Fighting Falcons.

During his WVU days, Joe Mazzulla was most known for his 17-point performance in the 2010 Elite Eight against Kentucky. Mazzulla stepped in for an injured Truck Bryant, helping the Mountaineers reach their first Final Four since 1959. Mazzulla played 145 career games at West Virginia.

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