John Linehan (basketball)
May 1, 1978 |
|Listed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Undrafted|
|2004–2006||Paris Basket Racing|
|2015–2016||Drexel (operations asst.)|
|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" (English: "The Virus").
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. He finished his collegiate career as the NCAA Division I's all-time career leader in steals, with 385.
Professional playing career
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.
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 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. The record was later broken.
In July 2017, it was announced that Linehan would join the coaching staff at Hartford. 
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 11 or more steals in a game
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career steals leaders
- JOHN LINEHAN DEVIENT COACH AUX ETATS-UNIS (in French).
- John Linehan : Le Virus est une légende (in French).
- "Division I Career Steal Leaders". Retrieved 2008-10-23.
- "Linehan Breaks NCAA Steals Mark". Associated Press Online. 2002-02-27.
- "Dakota Wizards at CBA Museum". Retrieved on 2009-01-11
- "CHOLET BASKET inks John Linehan". Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved on 2009-07-21
- 2011-12 FENERBAHCE ULKER 90 SLUC NANCY 86 NOVEMBER 03, 2011.
- Ex-Providence star Linehan launches coaching career at Temple.