Ime Udoka As Celtics Head Coach, Family, State and Career Profile
Another latest development as Nigeria descent Ime Sunday Udoka was announced as the new Head Coach of Boston Celtics.
He joins the likes of Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Tom Sanders, M.L. Carr and Doc Rivers as Black coaches in the franchise’s illustrious history. He also becomes the first person of African origin to serve as a head coach in the NBA.
Ime Sunday Udoka As A Nigeria
Udoka’s father was born in Nigeria of Ibibio descent, which meant that Udoka could qualify to play for Nigeria in international competition.
The 43-year-old represented Nigeria National Team in the 2005 FIBA African Championship where he led his team to earn a bronze medal, after he played a vital part in the final game against Algeria where he scored 24 points. In Afrobasket 2011, he led his team to another bronze medal where they defeated Ivory Coast.
He has an older sister, Mfon Udoka, who is also a professional basketball player, she played for the Nigerian women’s national team and in the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) for three seasons. According to a 2006 report in the Los Angeles Times, they were the first brother-sister pair to play in both the NBA and W
Udoka Profile and Coaching Career
According to club statement:
“Udoka joins the Celtics franchise after spending the last nine NBA seasons as an assistant coach between San Antonio (2012-13 to 2018-19), Philadelphia (2019-20), and Brooklyn (2020-21).”
The Teams that Udoka has served as an assistant coach on have qualified for the playoffs in all nine seasons, with one of those years resulting in an NBA championship (Spurs, 2014).