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JEROME ALLEN begins his fifth season as an Assistant Coach with the Boston Celtics. He was appointed to the
position on July 12, 2015. He spent the previous five seasons as the Head Coach of the University of Pennsylvania
and six total years at Penn.
Allen started his coaching career at Penn as an Assistant Coach in 2009 before being named interim head coach
on December 14, 2009. Allen was named permanent head coach on March 31, 2010 before resigning the position
on March 10, 2015. In his six years at Penn he guided Penn to a 20-13 record during the 2011-12 season which was
his best record in his six years with the team. Penn played in the College Basketball Invitational that season as they
finished 11-3 in Ivy League play that season. Allen also had a distinguished playing career at Penn where he was a
four-year starter and led the Quakers to Ivy League titles in each of his last four seasons (1993-95).
Allen played professionally in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves after being their second round draft
pick in 1995 while also playing with Indiana and Denver. He also played professionally in Europe playing in France,
Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey. He retired as a professional in 2009 before joining Penn’s staff as an assistant coach.
Allen and his wife Aida have four children, twins Jerome (boy) and Taylor (girl), daughter Jordyn and son Roman.
BRANDON BAILEY begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics.
Bailey rejoins the Celtics after spending the 2017-19 and 2018-19 seasons serving as the Head Coach for the
Celtics’ NBA G-League affiliate Maine Red Claws. In his two seasons for the Red Claws he saw two of his players
receive call-ups (Andrew White – 2017-18 and Justin Bibbs – 2018-19). Bailey began his career with the Celtics in
their video department as a video intern in 2011.
Prior to his time with the Celtics he was a graduate assistant for Jerry Wainwright and Oliver Purnell at DePaul
University with their Men’s Basketball team from 2009-2011 and during his summers he was working as a player
development intern for Tim Grover at ATTACK Athletics from 2007-2009. He also worked for Doug Bruno and
the DePaul Women’s basketball team from 2005-2009. A native of Chicago, IL he played for his father Mike Bailey
at Saint Patrick High School in Chicago.
Bailey and his wife Julie h BRANDON BAILEY ave three children – Kary, Mike and Patrick.
JAY LARRANAGA enters his eighth season as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. Larranaga spent the
previous two seasons as head coach of the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. In two seasons with the
BayHawks, Larranaga led his squad to consecutive playoff appearances while accumulating a regular season record of
60-40. He also established team records for all-time wins (60), wins in a season (32) and player call-ups (12). During
Larranaga’s two years in Erie, eight different players received NBA Call-Ups.
Prior to arriving in Erie, Larranaga served as an assistant coach at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and
before that he was head coach of the Irish National Team for two years. Jay is the son of the current University of
Miami head coach Jim Larranaga, for whom he played for at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green,
Ohio. After graduating from Bowling Green in 1997, Larranaga played professionally in Italy, Spain, France and
Greece for 12 years. He won three championships as a player and served as captain of the Irish National Team from
2001-2006. Larranaga has spent two summers as an assistant for the Ukraine National Team under former NBA
coach Mike Fratello.
KARA LAWSON enters her first season as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics.
Lawson joins the Celtics after spending two years as the primary television analyst for the Washington Wizards
broadcasts in addition to serving as an analyst for ESPN Radio. On January 12, 2017 Lawson became the first-ever
female analyst for a nationally televised NBA game for ESPN. In addition to her work in the NBA she has also
featured as an analyst for ESPN for men’s and women’s college basketball.
Prior to joining the broadcasting world Lawson played in the WNBA for 13 seasons split between the Sacramento
Monarchs, Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics from 2003 until 2015. She averaged 9.8 points (41.4 FG%,
39.0 3PT%), 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in over 377 career games. She was a member of the Sacramento Monarchs
championship team and was an All-Star in 2007. Lawson also achieved an Olympic Gold Medal as part of the
women’s Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Lawson played collegiately at the University of Tennessee under Pat Summit where she was a four-time All-SEC
selection and advance to three Final Four appearances in her four year collegiate career.
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