By Matt Noonan
Friday was an exciting day for the former Boston Celtic guard Dana Barros, who was tabbed the Newbury College men’s basketball head coach.
Barros will begin his initial season with the Nighthawks next Tuesday, April 19. He succeeds Jelani Townsell, who resigned at the conclusion of this past season.
“Dana brings a truly rare combination of passion, leadership, dedication to his community and basketball knowledge that set him apart from the pool of great candidates we spoke with,” Newbury College President Dr. Joseph L. Chillo said in the institution’s press release.
“Newbury is proud to welcome one of Boston’s best homegrown talents to our campus.”
Barros grew up in Boston, attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood and played college basketball at Boston College. He was a first-round draft by the Seattle Supersonics – now the Oklahoma City Thunder – in 1989, but spent five seasons with the Celtics (1995-2000).
“I love Boston. I was born here, I was raised here, I went to school here and I enjoyed my greatest professional successes as a member of the Celtics,” Barros said in the press release. “I have been looking for the opportunity to build a D-III program in the greater-Boston area, where I can impact the lives of local student-athletes and help shape their futures.”
Barros will inherit a young roster heading into next season, including rising junior Jeduan Langston, who paced the Green and Gold with 18.4 points per game. Rising sophomore Kyle Joseph led the unit with 9.5 rebounds per game.