The Celtics have reportedly added another new face and San Antonio influence to the sidelines with Ime Udoka’s hiring of assistant coach Will Hardy.

Since Danny Ainge announced his retirement from Boston’s front office early last month, Boston has seen many changes within its organization. Head Coach Brad Stevens stepped into Ainge’s role as the club’s president, leaving the team looking for a new leader. After dozens of potential candidates and interviews, Udoka was hired to succeed Stevens.

Despite being officially named the Celtics’ new head coach just a couple of weeks ago, the Nets’ previous assistant coach isn’t wasting any time building chemistry amongst his staff. Hardy and Udoka both helped coach Team USA in the 2019 FIBA World Cup and have built their careers under Spurs executive and Olympic coach Gregg Popovich.

Will Hardy has been with the Spurs since 2013 where he began as a video coordinator and worked his way up to an assistant coach. He also acted as head coach of the Spurs summer league team in Utah and Vegas from 2015-2018.

While he may have spent most of his professional career in Texas, Hardy isn’t unfamiliar with Boston. He was born and raised on the East Coast and played college basketball at Williams College. At Williams, Hardy gained respect from a Massachusetts crowd as a member of the team that was 30-2 and ranked second nationally in 2010.

Celtics fans can expect Will Hardy to fit right in at TD Garden as he joins the staff that looks to revive Boston.

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