Monday , Apr , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Carroll not retained by Celtics

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics announced Monday that
interim head coach John Carroll will not return next season.

Boston director of basketball operations Danny Ainge met with Carroll Monday
and after a lengthy conversation, there was a mutual understanding that
Carroll would not be back as the head coach.

Ainge said that Carroll would only come back to Boston if the new head coach
wanted him on his staff.

“This is a time we need to make a change and I think all of you have
speculated on that and have probably known that has been the case and
John and I felt the same way that a change is needed,” said Ainge.

Carroll took over for the final 36 games of the season after head coach Jim
O’Brien resigned due to differences with Danny Ainge, the team’s director of
basketball operations.

The 48-year-old Carroll finished with a 14-22 record, but still guided Boston
into the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Celtics, though,
suffered a four-game sweep at the hands of top-seeded Indiana.

“John Carroll did a fantastic job for our team, based on the circumstances he
was given. The perception of not having a great deal of power is a difficult
one to be in,” added Ainge.

Prior to taking over as the team’s head coach, Carroll served as an assistant
for the club since June 23, 1997. Overall, this was Carroll’s ninth year in
the NBA as he also was a scout with both the Portland Trail Blazers and
Orlando Magic.

Carroll was the head coach at Duquesne University from 1989-95 before making
his move to the NBA. He led the Dukes to their highest win total (18) in 10
years during the 1994-95 campaign.

Also, all Celtics assistants have been granted permission to speak with other
teams about jobs. Ainge said there is no timetable for a head coach
replacement, but hopes to have one in place by the NBA Draft in June.