Marc Iavaroni

Marcus John Iavaroni (born September 15, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player and former head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also served as an assistant coach for several NBA teams. He is of Italian heritage.

Marc Iavaroni
Alex English, Jay Triano, Marc Iavaroni.jpg
2009–10 Toronto Raptors coaching staff, L to R: Alex English, Marc Iavaroni and Jay Triano
Personal information
Born (1956-09-15) September 15, 1956 (age 64)
Jamaica, New York
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolJohn F. Kennedy
(Plainview, New York)
CollegeVirginia (1974–1978)
NBA draft1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 55th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1978–1992
PositionPower forward
Number8, 32, 43
Career history
As player:
1978–1980Basket Brescia
1981–1982Fulgor Libertas Forlì
19821984Philadelphia 76ers
19841986San Antonio Spurs
19861989Utah Jazz
1989Olimpia Milano
1990–1991Caja de Ronda Málaga
1991–1992Sioux Falls Skyforce
As coach:
1992–1994Bowling Green (assistant)
19971999Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
19992002Miami Heat (assistant)
20022007Phoenix Suns (assistant)
20072009Memphis Grizzlies
2009–2010Toronto Raptors (assistant)
20102013Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,328 (4.4 ppg)
Rebounds1,725 (3.2 rpg)
Assists514 (1.0 apg)
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Iavaroni was a star player at Plainview, New York's John F. Kennedy High School in the 1970s and a teammate of Seth Greenberg.

Iavaroni, who joined the NBA at age 26, was an important role player on the successful Philadelphia 76ers teams in the early and middle 80s. He also played for the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz, in a career which included a starting role as a rookie on the 76ers' 1983 NBA Championship team.

Iavaroni, circa 1988

Iavaroni also played professionally in Brescia, Forlì and Málaga before retiring in 1992, playing a total of six seasons in Italy and Spain: four after his college career and two following his NBA career.

His coaching career began as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Virginia. Following his playing career, he was also an assistant coach for two seasons at Bowling Green State University from 1992 to 1994.

The first NBA coaching experience for Iavaroni came in 1997, when he was hired as a Cleveland Cavaliers assistant, working mainly with forwards. In 1999, he moved to the front office of the Miami Heat as director of player development. Since 2002, he served as an assistant to Mike D'Antoni at the Phoenix Suns.

On May 30, 2007, Iavaroni was named the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.[1] However, on January 22, 2009, he was fired by the Grizzlies after an 11–30 start to the 2008–09 season.[2][3]

On June 5, 2009, the Toronto Raptors announced that Iavaroni would become an assistant coach to Jay Triano.[3]

On July 17, 2010, the Los Angeles Clippers announced that Iavaroni would become an assistant coach to newly hired Vinny Del Negro.[4] He remained in that role until 2013.

Head coaching recordEdit

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Memphis 2007–08 82 22 60 .268 5th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
Memphis 2008–09 41 11 30 .268 (fired)
Career 123 33 90 .268