(Main photo: Tom Thibodeau, Head Coach, Salem State University, 1985.)
A little known fact: when he wasn’t coaching basketball, Tom Thibodeau played baseball in the Hartford Twilight League. The New Britain native manned third base for the Manchester Community College twilight team in 1976 and for the Society for Savings club in 1977.
Thibodeau went on to become a collegiate and professional basketball coach. He won NBA Coach of the Year Award 2011 with the Chicago Bulls. He served as an Assistant Coach for the United States men’s national basketball team from 2013-2016, and helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. Most recently, Thibodeau was named Head Coach of the New York Knicks.