Bucks hire Jim Todd as assistant coach
The Milwaukee Bucks have hired Jim Todd as an Assistant Coach, General Manager Larry Harris announced today. For the last three seasons (2004-07), Todd served as an assistant coach to Sam Mitchell of the Toronto Raptors. Todd joins Tony Brown, Brian James and Bill Peterson on Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak’s staff.
“Jim is someone who loves Milwaukee as much as I do,” said Krystkowiak. “He helped his team in Toronto win a division title and that’s definitely a goal for us. I’m eager for his input.”
Todd has been involved in coaching basketball at the high school, college or professional level since 1976, and is no stranger to the Bucks. He began his NBA career in Milwaukee as an assistant coach under Chris Ford from 1996-98. He followed Ford to the Los Angeles Clippers in 1998, and was named interim head coach of the Clippers on February 3, 2000.
Following his stint with the Clippers, Todd was an assistant coach at DePaul University in 2001-02, before returning to Milwaukee as a coaching consultant for the 2002-03 season. Prior to the 2003-04 campaign, he was named an assistant coach for the Bucks.
“I appreciate the opportunity that Senator Kohl, Larry Harris and Coach Krystkowiak have given me,” Todd said. “Milwaukee is where I started my NBA career and in many ways I consider it home. I look forward to continuing to help our players improve, and to assisting Coach K in the development of a winning team that never quits playing hard.”
After graduating from Fitchburg State (MA) in 1976, Todd led Notre Dame High School (Fitchburg, MA) to the State Championship. He was hired by his alma mater in 1977 and served as head coach until 1980 when he joined the staff at Columbia University (NY) as an assistant coach.
Todd moved to Marist College from 1984-86 as an assistant, coaching former NBA center Rik Smits, and helped lead the school to its first-ever NCAA appearance in 1985. He was named associate head coach at Manhattan College in 1986, where he coached for one year.
From 1987-96, Todd served as head coach at Salem State University and finished his tenure with an overall record of 192-57 (.771), including a mark of 110-10 (.917) in Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference play. Todd led the school to eight postseason appearances, including two NCAA Division III Sweet 16 appearances. In 1990, he was named the Kodak NCAA New England Coach of the Year.