Jay Larrañaga

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Jay Larrañaga
Boston Celtics
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1975-01-30) January 30, 1975 (age 42)
The Bronx, New York
Nationality Irish / American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school St. John's Jesuit
(Toledo, Ohio)
College Bowling Green (1993–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Undrafted
Playing career 1997–2009
Position Shooting guard
Coaching career 2008–present
Career history
As player:
1997 Jacksonville Barracudas
1997–1998 Viola Reggio Calabria
1998–1999 Peristeri BC
1999–2000 ASVEL Basket
2000–2001 Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano
2001–2002 Paris Basket Racing
2002–2003 CB Gran Canaria
2003–2004 CB Sevilla
2004 Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
2004 Real Madrid Baloncesto
2004–2005 Viola Reggio Calabria
2005–2007 Basket Napoli
2007 ASVEL Basket
2007–2009 Juvecaserta Basket
As coach:
2008–2010 Ireland
2010–2012 Erie BayHawks
2012–present Boston Celtics (assistant)
2013–2015 Ukraine (assistant)

James Joseph "Jay" Larrañaga (born 30 January 1975) is an Irish-American former professional basketball player. Currently, he is the top assistant coach for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He is also the son of University of Miami men's basketball coach Jim Larrañaga.


After graduating from St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy,[1] Jay played college basketball for Bowling Green Falcons alongside Antonio Daniels. Here he played all four years for his father, Jim, setting BGSU records for three-point field goals in a game, season, and career. Before his departure to Italy in 1997, Jay became a three-time Academic All-Mac and attained a cumulative 3.4 Business GPA at Bowling Green State University.

Larrañaga joined Peristeri B.C. in Greece for the 1998-99 season. Larrañaga then moved to France to play for ASVEL Villeurbanne, he also played in and won the 2000 French All-Star game. Larrañaga moved back to Italy in November 2000 to join Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano however he moved back to France to play for the Paris Basket Racing.

Larrañaga 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 in 2006 and 2008. Larrañaga retired after spending two seasons in Eldo Caserta and appearing in various All-Star games throughout his lengthy career.

In 2008 Jay was announced as player/manager of the Ireland team.[2] Previous to the hiring, Jay was captain of the Irish national Team from 2001-2006.

Coaching career[edit]

Larrañaga entered his first season as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics in 2012. He spent the previous two seasons as head coach of the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. In two seasons with the BayHawks, Larrañaga 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 Larrañaga two years in Erie, eight different players received NBA call-ups. Prior to arriving in Erie, Larrañaga 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. Larrañaga spent the summer of 2012 as an assistant for the Ukraine National Team under former NBA coach Mike Fratello.

In 2013, Larrañaga was interviewed by the Celtics to possibly replace Doc Rivers, but Butler basketball head coach, Brad Stevens, became the Celtics new head coach. The past 3 seasons, Jay and the coaching staff led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Playoffs including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2016-2017 season.

Larrañaga was a top candidate to fill the head coaching positions at Georgia Tech and George Mason University, but decided to retain his position with the Boston Celtics.[3][4]




  • All-Star game winner: 2000


Basket Napoli[edit]


Real Madrid[edit]

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