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COACHES - Tom Newell
Coach Bio

Tom Newell
College - Hawaii '71
Veteran basketball coach Tom Newell joins the Fire coaching staff this year with an impressive resume, having spent the past 21 years in the highest levels of professional and international basketball programs. Formerly the Head Coach of the Japan National Men's Team and President of the Coaches Who Care Intl., Youth Coaches Certification program, Newell is also working on his second book, having already co-authored "Offensive Post Play" with his father, legendary coach Pete Newell.

Newell began his professional career in 1980 as an east coast scout for the Golden State Warriors. In 1984, he moved to Indiana to become the Director of Player Personnel for the Pacers. After two years in Indiana, Newell moved to the bench as an assistant coach with the Seattle Sonics. From 1990-1997, Newell worked with the New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Dallas Mavericks while also for the first time entering the realm of international basketball. In 1995, Newell became head coach of the Greek professional team Iraklis, then in 1997 began working for the United States Basketball Academy as Director of International Clinics in Korea, Japan, and the Philippines.

Since Newell began his work with international programs, much of his time and focus has continued in the area of basketball fundamentals and curriculum both in the United States and abroad. In addition to his coordination of basketball camps and clinics throughout Asia, he has also developed videos, publications, and programs that have focused on youth participation in basketball, teaching young people, parents, and coaches the necessary skills to be a successful participant in the game. His non-profit organization, Coaches Who Care, Intl. is scheduled to launch their website this summer. It is specifically designed to assist volunteer coaches at every level with a proper teaching model and participant/player development programs that will enable coaches and kids alike to have a positive experience with youth sports.

Newell's extensive experience has earned him the reputation as an authority on player development, which will be his primary focus as part of the Fire coaching staff. He and his wife Elaine have 3 children; Ashleigh, Chris, and Paige.


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