Damon Stoudamire to be Georgia Tech’s next head coach

Former Portland Trail Blazer guard and Portland native Damon Stoudamire is leaving his current position as assistant coach with the Boston Celtics to become the next head coach at Georgia Tech.

It is a return to the collegiate ranks for Stoudamire, who went 71-77 overall in four seasons as head coach at Pacific out of the West Coast Conference from 2016-21.  He went 32-19 his final two seasons at Pacific including a conference coach of the year award in 2019-20.

Stoudamire joined Ime Udoka’s coaching staff with the Celtics in 2021 and was a key assistant this season under first-year coach Joe Mazzula as Boston has the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Stoudamire replaces Josh Pastner as head coach of the Yellow Jackets after Pastner reached one NCAA Tournament in seven seasons.  Georgia Tech hasn’t reached consecutive NCAA Tournaments since the 2003-04 seasons.