Many basketball fans would love to have Tom Thibodeau back as a player on the basketball court after his stint at the Salem State University where he served as a team captain, but it is obvious that the renowned basketballer has taken his rightful place behind the scenes as a basketball coach. Tom is presently with the Minnesota Timberwolves as the head coach and also comes in as the president of basketball operations in the team.
The renowned basketball coach has served several years as an assistant coach as well as head coach, his time as an assistant coach saw him winning the NBA championship of 2008. As a head coach, Tom was named the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year as well as the 2012 NBA All-Star Game Head Coach as the fastest coach in the history of NBA to attain 100 victories.
Biography & Age
Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr was born on the 17th of January, 1958 in New Britain, Connecticut, United States. Sadly, his father, Thomas J. Thibodeau Sr, died during the 2007-2008 NBA season.
Due to his demanding career, his family rarely see him, but they understand the demands his career makes on him. The renowned coach has been conspicuously absent in several family funerals, birthdays, weddings and baptisms. He came back home for the first time in 20 years during the NBA lockout in 2011. Tom went to high school in New Britain and attended Salem State University from 1977 to 1981, he graduated with a BSC and masters in counseling.
Tom Thibodeau made the conscious decision to pursue a career as a basketball coach after his college graduation. He made his coaching debut in 1981 as an assistant coach at his alma mater Salem State University where he served three years before he was promoted to the head coach. The aspiring coach stayed for a single season as the head coach before joining Harvard University Basketball Team as an assistant coach. His four seasons with Harvard was just a prelude to his NBA entrance as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In 1991, Tom Thibodeau became an advance scout for the Seattle Supersonics.
The next season, he joined the San Antonio Spurs and stayed two years as an assistant coach, also serving as an assistant to the head coaches of Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks where he served for seven years before joining the Houston Rockets. He later attained the position of the associate head coach of the Bolton Celtics where he achieved great feats. The Celtics were already one of the top defensive teams in the NBA but before he left, they went on the clinch the NBA championship finals of 2008 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tom Thibodeau’s years as a head coach commenced with the Chicago Bulls in 2010, with the Bulls, he bagged the title of NBA Coach of the Year after making the records for most wins by a rookie head coach. The coaching pundit led the Bulls to their first 50-win season after the era of Michael Jordan. He also bagged the Eastern Conference All-Star Coach and subsequently, Tom earned recognition as the fastest coach to earn 100 career victories. He later clinched the second position in the 2012 NBA Coach of the Year title but unfortunately, tension between Tom and the front office of the Bulls resulted in his release in 2015. The basketball coaching star is presently making waves in Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA as the head coach.
Tom Thibodeau’s Salary & Net Worth
According to some reliable sources, Tom Thibodeau’s estimated net worth has been pegged at a handsome $12 million which are mostly earnings from his career as a successful basketball coach. At an annual salary of $5 million, his net worth has the potential of increasing in the nearest future.
Tom is one out of five children; he was brought up with two sisters – Nancy and Janet and two brothers – David and Dennis.
His brother, Dennis, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 66 on the 7th of August, 2018. There isn’t a lot of information about his siblings online, but it is known that his brother, David, is a survivor of the Branch Davidians cult which was led by David Koresh.
Wife & Personal Relationships
The basketball coach has never been married and seems to have embraced his single nature. There are also no records of any kids in the past. According to an article by the New York Times in 2012, Tom Thibodeau was once engaged during his years at graduate school. His fiancée’s name was Debbie and she just happened to be one out of the two Debbies that he dated at the time as revealed by his teammates at college
Tom’s wedding to Debbie never saw the light of the day because he called it off a few weeks before the date, when questioned by his boss and athletic director at Salem State, John Galaris, Tom Thibodeau explained that if he is going to be successful as a basketball coach, then there is no room for a woman in his life. That may probably be the secret of the success he has recorded in his coaching career.
Height & Weight
Currently, there is no information regarding the basketball coach’s height and other body statistics, but it is expected that he is over 6 feet tall to have qualified for a place in basketball. Update on his general body statistics is also not available.