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Stan Van Gundy: From Vermont to Lowell to the NBA

Published by on May 6, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy has been criticized by some players for being too uptight on the bench during NBA.

He was anything but just 90 minutes before Game Two of his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Celtics on Wednesday night at TD Banknorth Garden.

Van Gundy reflected on his first head coaching job, a Division III gig with Castleton State in Vermont, just two years out of the University of Vermont. He would move onto UMass-Lowell, where he coached for four years, and had the privilege of mentoring Leo Parent, the Division II player of the year in 1988.

“Leo Parent was the best Division II player in the nation,” Van Gundy said. “Even though it was tough at t...

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