NBA’s Grizzlies name ‘Hoo Iavaroni head coach

After much speculation, the Associated Press is now reporting that the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies will name UVA alum and former 'Hoos assistant coach Marc Iavaroni as their new head coach at a press conference tomorrow. He will reportedly leave his post as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns for his first head coaching job at any level.

Iavaroni remains one of the great big men in Cavalier history. He ranks 10th on the all-time career rebounding list with 718, and helped lead the 'Hoos to their only ACC Tournament championship in 1976. Following graduation in 1978, Iavaroni came back to make U-Hall his home as a graduate assistant coach under Terry Holland and part of the coaching staff that oversaw the Cavs' first run to the Final Four in 1981. Two seasons later, he started off his professional playing career by winning the NBA Finals with Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers.

After a nine-year playing career, Iavaroni would serve as an assistant coach with former UVA assistant Jim Larranaga at Bowling Green, before moving on to the benches of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Suns.

Iavaroni assumes the top job in Memphis just as fellow Wahoo Rick Carlisle got fired from his NBA head coaching job with the Indiana Pacers on April 25. Carlisle has been serving as an analyst for ESPN during this year's NBA playoffs.

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