(NEWS CENTER)-- The Maine Red Claws announced that Austin Ainge will return in 2010-11 as the team's head coach. The announcement was made by Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings.
Ainge, 28, led the Red Claws to a 27-23 record during the team's inaugural season, tying a league record for wins by an expansion team in their first season. Among the players mentored by Coach Ainge were five NBA contracted players who spent portions of the 2009-10 season with the Red Claws before being recalled to the NBA: Alexis Ajinca (Charlotte), J.R. Giddens (Boston/New York), Bill Walker (Boston/New York), Lester Hudson (Boston/Memphis), and Marcus Landry (Boston). The team also saw its first NBA signing with Red Claws guard Mario West earning a contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
"The NBA D-League is about developing not just players but coaches and front office staff as well," said Jennings. "Austin Ainge is a promising, young coach who made tremendous strides during his first season as a head coach. We are happy to have Austin return and are excited for our second season."
"This organization in every way positions itself to be a winner, on and off the court, and I proud to be a part of it," said Ainge. "We have the best fans and a great community, and I am excited to return as head coach and build upon the successes we had in year one. We were proud of the trust the Celtics and the Bobcats showed in us to develop their players, and we hope that continues as we strive to improve and compete for a championship in 2010-11."