Athletics

Tom Thibodeau

Former Salem State basketball coach named head coach of Chicago Bulls

Former Salem State head basketball coach Tom Thibodeau has accepted a three-year $6.5 million deal to become head coach of the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A two-time Viking with an undergraduate degree in 1981 and a master's of education in 1984, Thibodeau was the assistant coach and defensive coordinator of the Boston Celtics. He joined the Celtics in 2007 and is credited with playing a key role in the team’s NBA title in 2008.


Thibodeau coached the Salem State basketball team to a 9-17 record in 1984-85. He left after the 1985 season to become an assistant basketball coach at Harvard University.

A four-year member of the Vikings' basketball team from 1977-1981, he was named captain during his senior year. He averaged 10.9 points per game during his final two seasons and helped lead Salem State to two Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and the college's first two National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament bids in 1980 and 1981.

An 18-year veteran of the NBA, Thibodeau has also coached the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.