Taylor named coach of Claws

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Taylor named coach of Claws
By _Chris Forsberg_ (http://search.espn.go.com/forsberg-chris/)  |  


The  Boston Celtics announced Friday that Mike Taylor will be the new head 
coach of  the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. More on the move from the 
team's official  release:

Taylor joins the Red Claws after previously working as the top  assistant 
coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development  League. As an 
assistant with the Vipers, Taylor was responsible for developing  game 
plans, scouting, practice plans and player development. Taylor also has  
international experience as an assistant coach for the Czech Republic National  Team 
during the summers of 2010, 2011 and 2012. Taylor also was the head coach  
for Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany from 2003-11 when he took the team from the 
2nd  Bundesliga and helped guide them to promotion to the Bundesliga and into 
the  Bundesliga playoffs. In his 10 seasons in Europe between teams in 
Germany and  England, Taylor amassed a record of 188-115.

“Mike impressed us with  not only his coaching experience, but his 
enthusiasm and ability to develop  young players,” said Boston Celtics Director of 
Player Personnel Austin Ainge.  “He brings a blend of international and NBA 
D-League experience that will  benefit the Celtics’ players assigned to Maine 
and the entire Red Claws’  roster.”

The 2012-13 season will mark the fourth season that the  Celtics have used 
the Maine Red Claws as their NBA Development League  affiliate and the first 
under the new hybrid affiliation. Under the new  agreement, Boston will be 
Maine’s sole NBA affiliate and will have full  control over the team’s 
basketball operations.

The Red Claws will tip  of their 4th season on November 23 with two games 
on the road before returning  to Maine for their home opener on November 30 
vs. the Los Angeles D-Fenders,  the NBADL affiliate of the Lakers. For 
information about the Red Claws  schedule and tickets, visit www.maineredclaws.com 
or call (207)  210-6655.

In other coaching news, the Celtics  officially added Jay Larranaga as an 
assistant earlier this week (the move was  originally reported last month). 
Here's more on Larranaga from the team:

Larranaga comes to the Celtics from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA  
Development League where he was their head coach for the past two seasons. As  coach 
with the BayHawks, Larranaga led the team to playoff appearances in both  
seasons and accumulated a record of 60-40. He also had eight players receive  
promotions to the NBA during his tenure. Larranaga has also served as an  
assistant coach at Cornell University and as head coach of the Irish National  
Team for two seasons. Larranaga played collegiately at Bowling Green  
University and played professionally in Italy, Spain, France and Greece for 12  

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