The Info List - Jay Triano

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Howard James Triano[1] (born September 21, 1958) is a retired Canadian professional basketball player, former head coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors, and currently the interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns. A former Canadian men's national team player who competed in two Olympics, he is also currently head coach of the national team, his second stint in the role.


1 Early life and family 2 Playing career 3 Coaching career 4 Head coaching record 5 See also 6 Sources 7 External links

Early life and family[edit] Triano was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He is of Italian descent through his great-grandfather, who landed on Ellis Island, then made his way to Welland, Ontario.[2] His younger brother Jeff was a draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft after playing OHL hockey for the Toronto Marlboros. Brady Heslip, his nephew and son of his sister Jody, played basketball at Baylor University and currently plays for him on the Canadian national team.[3] Playing career[edit] As a student at Simon Fraser University, the 6 ft 4 in, 194 lb[1] Triano broke or equalled eleven school men's basketball records, including having the most career points with 2,616. At Simon Fraser, he befriended Canadian athlete and activist Terry Fox.[4] He was drafted in the eighth round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, but was cut during training camp and never played in the NBA.[5] The same year, he was also drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the sixth round of the 1981 CFL Draft. Triano was a national team player from 1977 to 1988, captained the team from 1981 to 1988, and played in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He led the Canadian team that won Gold at the 1983 World University Games in Edmonton, Alberta, defeating the United States in the semi-finals, which was led by Karl Malone and Charles Barkley,[5] and Yugoslavia in the final, led by Dražen Petrović. He played three seasons of professional basketball, two in Mexico and one (1985–86 season for Fenerbahçe Istanbul) in Turkey. Coaching career[edit] After retiring as a player, he became head coach at his alma mater, Simon Fraser University, in 1988. In 1995, when the Vancouver Grizzlies debuted, he became team Director of Community Relations and worked as the colour commentator for their radio broadcasts. In 1998, Triano became the head coach of the Canadian men's national basketball team. He led them to a 5–2 record and a seventh-place finish in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, losing to France by five points in the quarter-finals. Two years later, he became an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors, becoming the first Canadian-born coach in the NBA. He served under Lenny Wilkens, Kevin O'Neill, and Sam Mitchell. In 2004, Triano was fired as national team head coach,[6] and was replaced by Leo Rautins the following year. In 2008, Triano was named an assistant coach for United States national team. On February 13, 2008, Triano served as head coach of the Toronto Raptors in their 109–91 victory over the New Jersey Nets, in place of head coach Sam Mitchell, who was absent from the team as a result of the passing of his father-in-law, making history as the first Canadian to serve as head coach for a regular-season NBA game. On December 3, 2008, Triano was named interim head coach of the Raptors after Mitchell was relieved of his coaching duties. He became the first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history.[7] Triano guided the Raptors to a 25–40 mark.[8] On May 12, 2009, Triano was given a three-year deal to remain head coach of the Raptors. In Triano's first full season as the Raptors head coach in the 2009–10 season, Toronto missed the playoffs by one game to the Chicago Bulls, going 2–5 in their last 7 games. The team finished 40–42. In the 2010–11 season, without Chris Bosh on the roster, Triano led the Raptors to a dismal 22–60 record. On June 1, 2011, the Raptors announced they would not be picking up the option on Triano's contract, but gave him another position within the organization, the Vice-President of Pro Scouting. On August 17, 2012, Triano was named as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers.[9] The following week, Triano was also named head coach of Canada national team for the second time in his career.[10] On May 18, 2016, it was announced that Triano would take on the associate head coach role (which is the team's leading assistant coach) for the Phoenix Suns.[11] He was reunited with head coach Earl Watson, who played for the Trail Blazers during his final season in the NBA, and was considered a major influence on transitioning to being a full-time coach.[12] The subsequent hiring of Turkish-born Mehmet Okur to the Suns' coaching staff as a player development coach on September 13 in the same year, marked the first time in franchise history that multiple non-American coaches served on the coaching staff in the same season.[13] On October 22, 2017, after a 0–3 start to the season, including the worst loss in Suns history and the worst loss to open up a regular season in league history, Triano was promoted to interim head coach of the Suns after the firing of Earl Watson.[14] In his first game as head coach since 2011, Triano managed to lead the team, which previously had 40+ point losses earlier in the year, to lead as high as 22 points at one point before winning 117–115 on October 23, against the Sacramento Kings for their first win of the season. On December 26, 2017, Triano became the first foreign head coach in NBA history to win 100 games in the league with a 99–97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Head coaching record[edit]


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result

Toronto 2008–09 65 25 40 .385 4th in Atlantic — — — — Missed playoffs

Toronto 2009–10 82 40 42 .488 2nd in Atlantic — — — — Missed playoffs

Toronto 2010–11 82 22 60 .268 5th in Atlantic — — — — Missed playoffs

Career 229 87 142 .380

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See also[edit]

List of foreign NBA coaches


^ a b Jay Triano Archived 2015-07-24 at the Wayback Machine. Sports Reference. Accessed on July 24, 2015. ^ http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/2010/01/15/jones_new_york_city/ ^ "Brady Heslip Bio". BaylorBears.com. Retrieved January 13, 2016.  ^ Jay Triano and Terry Fox were friends at Simon Fraser University Niagara Falls Review. Accessed on January 13, 2016. ^ a b Jay Triano: Don't call it a comeback BasketballBuzz. Accessed on January 13, 2016. ^ Canada Gives U.S. Unlikely Assist The New York Times. Accessed on March 18, 2014. ^ Mitchell fired, December 4, 2008 ^ [1][permanent dead link] ^ "Head Coach Terry Stotts Adds Three Coaches To His Staff". August 17, 2012. Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.  ^ [2] ^ Adrian Wojnarowski [@wojespn] (19 May 2016). "Portland assistant Jay Triano will join Earl Watson's Suns' staff as associate head coach, league source tells @TheVertical" (Tweet) – via Twitter.  ^ Getting to know Phoenix Suns assistant coach Jay Triano ^ Suns Add Mehmet Okur, Jason Hervey to Basketball Staff ^ "Suns Relieve Earl Watson of Head Coaching Duties". NBA.com. October 22, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017. 

External links[edit]

NBA.com profile Basketball-Reference.com profile Niagara Falls Hall of Fame profile Jay Triano Brings Experience and Much More to the Trail Blazers Coaching Staff

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Phoenix Suns current roster

0 Chriss 1 Booker 2 Payton 3 Dudley 4 Chandler 8 Ulis 10 Harrison 11 Knight 12 Warren 15 Williams 20 Jackson 21 Len 23 House (TW) 25 Peters (TW) 30 Daniels 32 Reed 35 Bender

Head coach: Triano (interim) Assistant coaches: Burchard Corbin Duncan Ellis Garnett Rosenthal

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Current head coaches of the National Basketball Association

Eastern Conference


Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics) Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn Nets) Jeff Hornacek (New York Knicks) Brett Brown (Philadelphia 76ers) Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors)


Fred Hoiberg (Chicago Bulls) Tyronn Lue (Cleveland Cavaliers) Stan Van Gundy (Detroit Pistons) Nate McMillan (Indiana Pacers) Joe Prunty (Milwaukee Bucks)


Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta Hawks) Steve Clifford (Charlotte Hornets) Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) Frank Vogel (Orlando Magic) Scott Brooks (Washington Wizards)

Western Conference


Michael Malone (Denver Nuggets) Tom Thibodeau (Minnesota Timberwolves) Billy Donovan (Oklahoma City Thunder) Terry Stotts (Portland Trail Blazers) Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz)


Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) Doc Rivers (Los Angeles Clippers) Luke Walton (Los Angeles Lakers) Jay Triano (Phoenix Suns) Dave Joerger (Sacramento Kings)


Rick Carlisle (Dallas Mavericks) Mike D'Antoni (Houston Rockets) J. B. Bickerstaff (Memphis Grizzlies) Alvin Gentry (New Orleans Pelicans) Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)

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Toronto Raptors head coaches

Brendan Malone (1995–1996) Darrell Walker (1996–1998) Butch Carter (1998–2000) Lenny Wilkens (2000–2003) Kevin O'Neill (2003–2004) Sam Mitchell (2004–2008) Jay Triano (2008–2011) Dwane Casey (2011– )

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Phoenix Suns head coaches

Johnny Kerr (1968–1969) Jerry Colangelo # (1970) Cotton Fitzsimmons (1970–1972) Butch van Breda Kolff (1972) Jerry Colangelo (1972–1973) John MacLeod (1973–1987) Dick Van Arsdale # (1987) John Wetzel (1987–1988) Cotton Fitzsimmons (1988–1992) Paul Westphal (1992–1996) Cotton Fitzsimmons (1996) Danny Ainge (1996–1999) Scott Skiles (1999–2002) Frank Johnson (2002–2003) Mike D'Antoni (2003–2008) Terry Porter (2008–2009) Alvin Gentry (2009–2013) Lindsey Hunter # (2013) Jeff Hornacek (2013–2016) Earl Watson (2016–2017) Jay Triano # (2017– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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Canada squad – 1984 Summer Olympics – 4th place

4 Kelsey 5 Simms 6 Pasquale 7 Tilleman 8 Kazanowski 9 Triano 10 Hatch 11 Herbert 12 Wennington 13 Raffin 14 Wiltjer 15 Meagher Coach: Donohue

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Canada squad – 1986 FIBA World Championship – 8th place

4 Besselink 5 Hatch 6 Herbert 7 Kazanowski 8 Kelsey 9 Mungar 10 Meagher 11 Pasquale 12 Simms 13 Triano 14 Turcotte 15 Wiltjer Coach: Donohue

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Canada squad – 1988 Summer Olympics – 6th place

4 Clarke 5 Turcotte 6 Pasquale 7 Tilleman 8 Kristmanson 9 Triano 10 Walton 11 Hatch 12 Mungar 13 Raffin 14 Yearwood 15 Kazanowski Coach: Donohue

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Canada squad – 2000 Summer Olympics – 7th place

4 Daniels 5 Hamilton 6 Mavis 7 Nash 8 Swords 9 Barrett 10 Francis 11 MacCulloch 12 Hinrichsen 13 Guarasci 14 Meeks 15 Newton Coach: Triano

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Canada squad – 2002 FIBA World Championship – 13th place

4 Thomas 5 Hamilton 6 Channer 7 Karangwa 8 Swords 9 Barrett 10 Meldrum 11 Thomas 12 Ross 13 Anderson 14 Meeks 15 Jobity Coach: Triano

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Canada squad – 2013 FIBA Americas Championship – 6th place

4 Anderson 5 C. Joseph 6 D. Joseph 7 Nicholson 8 Cadougan 9 Shepherd 10 Rautins 11 Doornekamp 12 Heslip 13 Thompson 14 Kendall 15 Anthony Coach: Triano

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Canada squad – 2015 Pan American Games – Silver medal

Bennett Bhullar Brooks Cadougan Doornekamp Ejim English Heslip Mullings Murray Nicholson Wiltjer Coach: Triano

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Canada squad – 2015 FIBA Americas Championship – Bronze medal

4 Scrubb 5 Joseph 6 Ejim 7 Nicholson 8 Wiggins 9 Stauskas 10 Bennett 11 Doornekamp 12 Heslip 13 Olynyk 14 Powell 15 Sacre Coach: Triano

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 102828813 LCCN: no20091808