Jack Armstrong (basketball)

John Joseph "Jack" Armstrong (born January 3, 1963)[1] is an American sportscaster, working primarily for the Toronto Raptors on TSN and NBA TV Canada. Armstrong is also the college basketball analyst for TSN and a former college basketball coach.

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Armstrong at Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals
John Joseph Armstrong

(1963-01-03) January 3, 1963 (age 59)
Alma materFordham University
EmployerBell Media, MLSE
Spouse(s)Dena Armstrong
ChildrenBrian Armstrong, Kevin Armstrong, Tim Armstrong


Armstrong is the son of Irish immigrants and was raised Catholic. His father died when Jack was age seven and his mother Mary raised him alone.[2] Armstrong graduated from Fordham University in 1985 with a Masters in Communication.[3] He has three brothers: William, James and Brendan.

Jack is married to Dena Armstrong, who was the women's soccer coach at Niagara University. They met at Niagara University, when they were both coaches. They are the parents of three adopted sons.[2] They live in Lewiston, New York just across the Niagara River from Ontario.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

From 1989 to 1998, Armstrong was the lead basketball coach of Niagara University. In the 1992–93 season, he led the Niagara Purple Eagles to a 23–7 record and was named the New York State Division I Coach of the Year. His overall record with the team was 100-154.[5]

Broadcast careerEdit

Armstrong is currently an NBA analyst for TSN and the on-air in-game broadcaster for the Toronto Raptors NBA team.[2] He has been a part of the broadcast team since 2000.[5] Armstrong has two catch-phrases that he uses during game broadcasts: "Helloooo" and "Get that garbage outta here".[2] The "get that garbage outta here" phrase was also used by Armstrong in commercials for the City of Toronto government to encourage keeping garbage out of recycling materials.[6] Most recently, following the Raptors’ signings of Montreal natives Chris Boucher and Khem Birch, he would use “Bonjour” instead of "Helloooo" whenever a big play such as a block or dunk would be made by those players.[7]

Armstrong re-uses many on-air phrases that were originally created by fellow former coach and broadcaster Bill Raftery.

Armstrong is a 3 time winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Analyst in a Sports Program or Series.

On Thursday, July 31, 2008, it was announced that Jack Armstrong would take over The Chuck Swirsky Show effective August 18, 2008, alongside Doug MacLean on the Toronto, Ontario AM sports talk radio station The Fan 590. The show's name was later changed to The Game Plan. In 2009, Doug MacLean left the show and was replaced by Eric Smith.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Jack Armstrong Coaching Record - College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Ewing, Lori (October 15, 2018). "Raptors broadcaster Jack Armstrong, father to three adopted sons, calls parenting 'an amazing gift'". The Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  3. ^ "Alumni RAMblings - Jack Armstrong". Fordham Alumni. December 21, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "20 Questions: Toronto Raptors broadcaster Jack Armstrong on being happy, the 'all-consuming' stress of coaching and the Vince Carter era". The National Post. January 8, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Jack Armstrong is going strong as broadcast analyst for the Toronto Raptors". July 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "What Goes in the Blue Bin?". City of Toronto. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Jack Armstrong Bonjour!!!!, archived from the original on May 24, 2021, retrieved May 24, 2021

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