Tom Thibodeau Biography
Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr. is a prominent American basketball coach who currently serving as the head coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. From 2013 to 2016, he worked as an assistant coach for the United States men’s national basketball team and assisted Team USA in winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Tom Thibodeau Age
Tom Thibodeau was born on 17th January 1958 in New Britain, Connecticut, United States of America. He is 66 years old.
Tom Thibodeau Height
Thibodeau is a man of tall stature and stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m).
Tom Thibodeau Family
Tom Thibodeau was born to his loving and caring parents Thomas J. Thibodeau Sr. and Ann M. Thibodeau. Moreover, Tom Thibodeau was raised along with his four siblings (two brothers and two sisters) namely, Nancy Thibodeau, David Thibodeau, Janet Thibodeau, and Dennis Thibodeau.
Tom Thibodeau Wife
He has never been married. According to a 2012 New York Times article, he was engaged while he was in graduate school at Salem State but ultimately called it off.
Tom Thibodeau Children
Tom Thibodeau has not shared any information regarding whether he has any children.
Tom Thibodeau Education
Thibodeau joined and graduated from New Britain High School. Later on, Thibodeau enrolled at Salem State University and played basketball.
Tom Thibodeau Salary
He receives an ample salary of $4 Million annually.
Tom Thibodeau’s Net Worth
Tom Thibodeau has over the years garnered a hefty fortune from his victorious career and has an estimated net worth of $12 Million.
Tom Thibodeau Career
As of now, he serves as the head coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. From 2013 to 2016, he worked as an assistant coach for the United States men’s national basketball team and assisted Team USA in winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.
As a defensive coach, he has helped his team finish in the league’s Top 10 in-team defense 15 times and also helped the Houston Rockets rank among the Top 5 in the league in field goal percentage defense and scoring defense from 2004 to 2007. Thibodeau has coached in 214 playoff games as an associate head coach, head coach, and assistant coach. He was also part of the 1999 NBA Finals with the New York Knicks as an assistant coach before joining the Boston Celtics. In the year 2011, Thibodeau was named the NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Chicago Bulls to a 62-win season.
During the 1980-81 season, he played basketball at Salem State College, serving as captain. He assisted Salem State to the league championship and the school’s first NCAA Tournament bid in 1980. After graduating, Thibodeau became an assistant coach at the school in the year 1981. In 1984, Thibodeau became head coach at Salem State at age 25, after working for three years as an assistant. The next season he became an assistant coach at Harvard University, where he served for four seasons.
While there, he attended coaching clinics and visited the practices of multiple of the top coaches in the U.S., such as Hall of Fame coach Bobby Knight, Hubie Brown, Rick Pitino, Morgan Wootten, Jim Calhoun, and Gary Williams. After working for four years at Harvard, Thibodeau entered the NBA as an assistant coach in 1989, with an expansion team, the Minnesota Timberwolves where Bill Musselman was the head coach. He joined the Seattle SuperSonics as an advance scout before the 1991–92 season.
The following season, he moved to the San Antonio Spurs where he served as an assistant coach to Jerry Tarkanian, John Lucas, and Rex Hughes for two seasons. Thibodeau left the Spurs alongside Lucas to become an assistant under Lucas with the Philadelphia 76ers after the 1993–94 season. Later, he joined New York Knicks as an assistant to head coach Jeff Van Gundy after the 1995–96 season.
In the 2000–01 season, he assisted the New York Knicks set a then-NBA record by holding 33 consecutive opponents under 100 points and also assisted Van Gundy in coaching the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the 2000 All-Star Game. Thibodeau spent 7 years with the Knicks before joining the Houston Rockets before the 2003–04 season, where he was also an assistant to head coach Van Gundy.
He was named associate head coach of the Boston Celtics on August 30, 2007. Ultimately, Thibodeau assisted the Celtics to become the best defensive team in the league. In 2007–08, he led the Celtics to the best rating in various defensive categories and was a key factor in containing Kobe Bryant during the 2008 Finals.
He was interviewed by officials from the Chicago Bulls for their vacant head coach position on June 2, 2010. He was confirmed as the Bulls’ head coach on June 23, 2010. On May 1, 2011, he was named the NBA Coach of the Year after tying the record for most wins by a rookie head coach with 62. He clinched the position of Eastern Conference All-Star Coach for the All-Star Game in Orlando on February 14, 2012.
On May 28, 2015, the Bulls decided to move in a different direction and parted ways with Thibodeau. On June 10, 2013, he was named an assistant coach for the United States men’s national basketball team. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski showered tremendous praise on Thibodeau, who worked as his right-hand man throughout the victories.
On April 20, 2016, he was hired as head coach and president of basketball operations by the Minnesota Timberwolves. In January 2019, it was announced that Thibodeau would be released from the Timberwolves following the end of the playoff drought after a period of regression.
Moreover, Thibodeau was hired by the New York Knicks as their head coach. In his first season as head coach of the Knicks, he guided the Knicks to their first playoff appearance since the 2012–13 season. He was named Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after the season.