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Pacific University head coach and former NBA standout Damon Stoudamire will join Ime Udoka’s coaching staff with the Celtics, a league source confirmed on Wednesday.

Stoudamire and Udoka both grew up in Portland, Ore., and were teammates with the Spurs in 2008. Stoudamire, the 1995 NBA rookie of the year, worked as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies before transitioning to the college game. He was an assistant with the University of Memphis and Arizona before being hired as Pacific’s head coach in 2016.

Stoudamire guided Pacific to a 23-10 record in 2019-20, and the team went 9-9 during this past season that was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Udoka’s coaching staff is now beginning to take shape. Sources confirmed last week that longtime Spurs assistant Will Hardy will join the Celtics as Udoka’s top assistant, and a league source said that Boston assistant Joe Mazzulla is expected to be retained.

Former Celtics assistants Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young told the Globe last week that their contracts would not be renewed, and former assistant coach Jerome Allen has accepted a position with the Pistons.

Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.