June 1, 1975 |
The Bronx, New York
|Nationality||Irish / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||192 lb (87 kg)|
|College||Bowling Green (1993–1997)|
|NBA draft||1997 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||1997–2009|
|1997–1998||Viola Reggio Calabria|
|2001–2002||Paris Basket Racing|
|2002–2003||CB Gran Canaria|
|2004||Pallacanestro Virtus Roma|
|2004||Real Madrid Baloncesto|
|2004–2005||Viola Reggio Calabria|
|2012–present||Boston Celtics (assistant)|
James Joseph "Jay" Larrañaga (born 30 January 1975) is a former Irish-American professional basketball player. He is the current head coach of the Irish national basketball team and an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He is also the son of University of Miami men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga.
After graduating from St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy, Jay played college basketball for Bowling Green Falcons alongside Antonio Daniels. In 1997 Jay moved to Italy to play for Viola Reggio Calabria.
Larranaga joined Peristeri BC in Greece for the 1998-99 season. Larranaga then moved to France to play for ASVEL Villeurbanne, he also played in and won the 2000 French All-Star game. Larranaga moved back to Italy in November 2000 to join Olimpia Milano however he moved back to France to play for the now defunct Paris Basket Racing.
Larranaga then moved to Spain to play for CB Gran Canaria and CSF Sevilla. He then moved back to Italy to join Pallacanestro Virtus Roma and his former club Viola Reggio Calabria. He went back to Spain in 2005 to join Real Madrid Baloncesto where he won the Spanish National Championship. He then won the Italian National Cup with Basket Napoli. Larranaga retired after spending two seasons in Eldo Caserta.
Larranaga enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. He spent the previous two seasons as head coach of the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. In two seasons with the BayHawks, Larranaga led his squad to consecutive playoff appearances while accumulating a regular season record of 60-40. He also established team records for all-time wins (60), wins in a season (32) and player call ups (12). During Larranaga's two years in Erie, eight different players received NBA call-ups. Prior to arriving in Erie, Larranaga served as an assistant coach at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and before that he was head coach of the Irish National Team for two years. Larranaga spent the summer of 2012 as an assistant for the Ukraine National Team under former NBA coach Mike Fratello.
- All-Star game winner: 2000
- Italian Basketball Cup winner: 2006
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