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Red Claws name assistant coaches

Posted By Jessica Camerato On September 7, 2009 @ 9:20 pm In General | No Comments

On Monday the Maine Red Claws named Randy Livingston and Mike Procopio assistant coaches for the upcoming inaugural season. Procopio, 34, has deep ties to the Boston Celtics [1] organization. He spent four years as a scout for the Cs before working as an assistant at Boston Amateur Basketball Club under Leo Papile, the Celtics Assistant Executive Director of Basketball Operations. He developed a reputation as one of the top development coaches nationwide as Director of Basketball Operations for Attack Athletics in Chicago and has trained players including Paul Pierce [2], Kobe Bryant [3], and Dwyane Wade [4].

‘€œAlong with having four years of NBA front office experience, Mike Procopio regularly works out some of the best players in the NBA,’€ Red Claws head coach Austin Ainge said in a team statement. ‘€œHis experience and ability to develop players should make our team a desirable place for every player looking to make a jump to the next level.  As soon as I got this job, Mike was one of the first calls I made because of his experience teaching the game.’€

Livingston, a 12-year NBA veteran, led the Idaho Stampede to the 2008 NBDL Championship. He retired from playing after his title-winning season to become the Stampede’s associate head coach. Livingston, 34, helped coach the team to a second place finish in the West Division (31-19) in his first season on the sidelines.

‘€œI feel extremely fortunate to have a coach of Randy Livingston’€™s caliber to help me,” Ainge said.  ‘€œRandy knows the game, knows our league, and has experience at every level of basketball.  I trust Randy’€™s instincts and basketball IQ implicitly and will rely heavily on his opinion.’€


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