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Meet Joe Mazzola: Biography, Training History, and More Originally featured on NBC Sports Boston

Joe Mazzola will be the man responsible for captaining the Boston Celtics in place of Amy Odoka during the 2022-23 NBA season.

With Udoka suspended for a season, Celtics head of basketball operations Brad Stevens confirmed that Mazzulla will take over in the meantime. Mazola has served as an assistant coach for Boston since Stevens was head coach in 2019. Stevens said he “strongly believes” in Mazola’s ability to lead the team moving forward.

So who is Mazola? Here’s everything you need to know about the Celtics temporary coach.

Joe Mazzola’s biography

Joe Mazzola’s career in play

Mazzola was a reserve guard for West Virginia University from 2006 to 2011. After the 2008-09 season was postponed, he became junior captain of the 2009-10 campaign and helped the mountaineers reach the fourth final. He averaged 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game as a senior player in 2010-11.

Joe Mazzola’s coaching career

Mazzola joined Glenville State as an assistant coach after being retired in 2011. He spent two seasons at a Division II school before taking an assistant division job at Vermont State in 2013.

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In 2016, Mazzola became an assistant coach for the G-League’s Maine Red Claws in Boston. The following season, he returned to Vermont State to become its head coach. He led the Fighting Falcons to an overall record of 43-17 over two seasons from 2017 to 2019.

The Celtics signed Mazola as assistant coach in 2019. He spent two seasons with former coach Brad Stevens’ staff before Stevens replaced Danny Inge as head of basketball operations in 2021.

Mazola was the only Celtics assistant coach remaining on the staff when Aim Odoka replaced Stevens as head coach in 2021.

Joe Mazola family

Mazola’s father, Dan Mazola, was a basketball coach and played college basketball at Bryant and professionally in Chile. Dan Mazzola was inducted into the Bryant Hall of Fame in 2007. He died of cancer in April 2020.

Joe Mazzola’s younger brother Justin played college basketball for George Washington before moving to Vermont. In June 2022, he joined the Rhode Island basketball team as an alumni assistant.

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