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
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.