John Linehan (basketball)

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John Linehan
Hartford Hawks
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueAmerica East
Personal information
Born (1978-05-01) May 1, 1978 (age 40)
Chester, Pennsylvania
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeProvidence (1998–2002)
NBA draft2002 / Undrafted
Playing career2002–2013
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2015–present
Career history
As player:
2002–2003Greenville Groove
2003–2004Dakota Wizards
2004–2006Paris Racing
2006SIG Strasbourg
2006–2007SLUC Nancy
2010–2013SLUC Nancy
As coach:
2015–2016Drexel (operations asst.)
2016–2017Brown (assistant)
2017–presentHartford (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

John Lewis Linehan (born May 1, 1978) is a retired American professional basketball player and basketball coach. At 5'9" and 165 lbs., he played at the point guard position. He was nicknamed, "Le Virus"[1][2] (English: "The Virus").

High school[edit]

Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, Linehan played competitive high school basketball, first at Chester High School, and then at Winchendon School, in Winchendon, Massachusetts.

College career[edit]

Linehan played college basketball for Providence College's Friars, from 1997 to 2002. He led the Big East Conference in steals, in three different seasons, and also earned the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-Big East honors his last two seasons. As a senior, in the 2001–02 season, he averaged 12.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 4.5 steals per game, finishing second in the nation in steals.

As a result, he was awarded the Henry Iba Corinthian Award, as the NABC's Defensive Player of the Year, for that season.[3] He finished his collegiate career as the NCAA Division I's all-time career leader in steals, with 385.[4]

Professional playing career[edit]

Linehan was not drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Greenville Groove, of the National Basketball Development League (NBDL). In the 2003–04 season, he played for the Dakota Wizards of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), and won the league's championship with the team.[5]

After winning the CBA championship, Linehan moved to Europe, and signed with Paris Basket Racing of the LNB Pro A in France, where he also played two years (2006–08) for SLUC Nancy. In the 2008–09 season, he played for Kalev/Cramo, in Estonia. With the team, he won the Estonian Cup and the Estonian League championship.

In July 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the French Pro A team Cholet Basket.[6] He won the 2009–10 season's French League championship with the team.

In July 2010, Linehan signed a contract with the French club SLUC Nancy, and in the 2010–11 season, he won the French League championship with them. Linehan at one time held the record for the most assists in a single EuroLeague game, with 15 assists. On the 3 November, 2011, he delivered 15 assists, in a EuroLeague game against Fenerbahçe.[7] The record was later broken.

Coaching career[edit]

Linehan began his career as a basketball coach in 2015.[8]

In July 2017, it was announced that Linehan would join the coaching staff at Hartford. [9]

See also[edit]


  2. ^ John Linehan : Le Virus est une légende (in French).
  3. ^ "Division I Career Steal Leaders". Retrieved 2008-10-23.
  4. ^ "Linehan Breaks NCAA Steals Mark". Associated Press Online. 2002-02-27.
  5. ^ "Dakota Wizards at CBA Museum". Retrieved on 2009-01-11
  6. ^ "CHOLET BASKET inks John Linehan". Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved on 2009-07-21
  7. ^ 2011-12 FENERBAHCE ULKER 90 SLUC NANCY 86 NOVEMBER 03, 2011.
  8. ^ Ex-Providence star Linehan launches coaching career at Temple.
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