TOM THIBODEAU is the head coach for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls — the 18th in franchise history. Upon completing his highly successful inaugural 2010-2011 season (62 wins), Thibodeau earned the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year honor, his first. In 2012 Thibodeau became the fastest head coach in NBA history to earn 100 victories and came in as the runner-up for the 2012 Coach of the Year award. Prior to this, Thibodeau most recently served as the assistant head coach for the Boston Celtics from 2007 – 2010. As the lead assistant on Doc Rivers’ coaching staff, Thibodeau was responsible for the team’s defensive principles and strategies which contributed to the Celtics’ successful run into the NBA Finals in 2008 and 2010, claiming the Celtics’ 17th NBA Championship in 2008. In 2012 Thibodeau was elected and coached the NBA All-Star Team for the East.
An NBA veteran of 23 years, Thibodeau’s teams have made the playoffs 16 times, including three trips to the NBA Finals (1999, 2008 and 2010). Emphasizing a foundation of great defense, while in New York in 2000-01, the Knicks set a then-NBA record holding 33 consecutive opponents to under 100 points.
Also during his NBA tenure, Thibodeau manned the sidelines for the Minnesota Timberwolves (1989-91), the Seattle SuperSonics (1991-92, served as an Advance Scout), the San Antonio Spurs (1992-94), the Philadelphia 76ers (1994-96), the New York Knicks (1996-2003) and the Houston Rockets (2003-07). Over that span, he has worked under Bill Musselman, John Lucas, Jeff Van Gundy, and Don Chaney.
Thibodeau began his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Salem State College. After three seasons with the Vikings, he was promoted to head coach. In 1985 he joined Harvard University’s basketball staff as an assistant coach where he spent four seasons with the Crimson before embarking on his NBA career in 1989.
A native of New Britain, Connecticut, Thibodeau was inducted into the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. He currently resides in Chicago.