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Brendan Malone
College - Iona '62
Brendan Malone is beginning his first season as an Assistant Coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is a veteran of nearly 40 years of coaching experience and is entering his 19th year of coaching in the NBA.

Malone joins the Cavaliers from the New York Knicks where he was an assistant on three occasions. He spent last season with the Knicks and also was on the New York bench from 1986-88 and 1997-00. In between jobs with the Knicks, Malone worked as an assistant with the Indiana Pacers for three seasons.

Following his first two years in New York, Malone spent seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons (1988-95). He helped the Pistons win back-to-back World Championships during the 1989 and 1990 seasons under Head Coach Chuck Daly.

In 1995, Malone was named as the first-ever head coach of the expansion Toronto Raptors. He spent a year with the team before joining the Seattle SuperSonics as a consultant during their run to the 1996 NBA Finals. Malone has been an assistant coach in three NBA All-Star Games (1990, 2000 and 2003).

Malone began his coaching career at Power Memorial Academy in 1968. His teams won three city championships and he was selected as coach of the year three times by the New York Daily News. Malone also coached baseball and was named coach of the year three times during his tenure. His success at Power Memorial earned him enshrinement into the New York City Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He also worked as an assistant coach on the college level making stops at Fordham, Yale and Syracuse. He then moved on to the University of Rhode Island where he spent two seasons as its head coach before making his NBA debut.

Malone graduated from Iona College and then earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from New York University. Brendan and his wife, Maureen, have six children, Cara, Brendan, Kevin, Kelly, Michael and Shannon.


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