Tom Thibodeau Biography

( 1958 - )
January 8, 2019
First published on:March 18, 2017
by Jorden

Facts of Tom Thibodeau

Date of Birth: 1958, April 9
Age: 61 years old
Birth Nation: United Kingdom
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Birth Name Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr
Famous Name Tom Thibodeau
Father Thomas J. Thibodeau Sr.
Mother Ann M. (Montanile) Thibodeau
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Birth Place New Britain, Connecticut
Currently Working For Minnesota Timberwolves
Salary $8 million
Net Worth $20 million
Profession baskettball coach
Started career as captain of the Salem State College in 1980-81
Awards NBA All-Star Game head coach/ NBA Coach of the Year (2011)/ NBA champion (2008)
School attended New Britain High School
University attended Salem State University
Graduated year 1977-81
Full Name Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr.
Current team Minnesota Timberwolves
Position in Team head coach and president
Past Team San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls.
Horoscope Capricorn
Birth Date January 17, 1958
Siblings Two brothers and two sisters
School Location Connecticut, New Britain
Career Earnings $30 million
Height 6 feet 2 inch

Tom Thibodeau is an American professional basketball coach who coaches in the National Basketball Association(NBA). Tom worked for the Minnesota Timberwolves as their head coach and president before getting fired on January 6, 2019. Moreover, he has coached several teams like San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls.


As a head coach and president, Thibodeau Jr. reportedly earns around $8 million as his annual salary from Minnesota Timberwolves and has an estimated net worth of over $20 million. Information regarding Tom's probable wife/girlfriend is not available.

Tom Thibodeau's Early Life

Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr. was born on January 17, 1958, in New Britain, Connecticut to parents Thomas J. Thibodeau Sr. and Ann M. (Montanile) Thibodeau. He holds American nationality and belongs to White ethnic group. Further, his star sign is Capricorn and spent his childhood with his two brothers and two sisters.

Thibodeau Jr. attended New Britain High School in Connecticut, New Britain where he played for his high school basketball team. After completing high school, Tom enrolled at Salem State University and played there and later became the captain in 1980-81.

Tom graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Science and a Masters of Science in counseling from Salem State.

Tom Thibodeau's Net Worth and Salary

As of 2019, Thibodeau Jr. has an estimated net worth of over $20 million. He reportedly signed an expensive contract worth $40 million for five years with Minnesota Timberwolves on April 20, 2016.

Further, the NBA player has an average salary of $8 million annually. During a game between Bulls and Miami Heat, Tom paid a fine of $35,000 for criticizing the referee.

Besides, he signed a $17 million contract with the Celtics before moving to Minnesota. Moreover, his total career earnings is about $30 million.

Tom Thibodeau's Professional Career

Tom started his coaching career with Minnesota as their assistant coach in 1989, alongside head coach Bill Musselman. After that, he worked for San Antonio, Philadelphia 76ers as their assistant coach. After leaving Philadelphia, he moved to New York serving as their assistant coach alongside head coach Jeff Van Gundy spending seven years there.

Later Tom was hired as an associate head coach on 2007, August 30 by Boston Celtics and he led the team to become the best defensive team in the league. In 2007–08, Thibodeau led the Celtics to the best rating in several defensive categories and was a key factor in Kobe Bryant 's inclusion in the 2008 Finals.

CAPTION: Tom Thibodeau defends heavy reliance, minutes load on his starters SOURCE:

Tom served as a head coach for the first time with the Bulls leading the team to a first 50-win season and 1st division title since Michael Jordan. In addition, after the win over Orlando, he became the NBA history's fastest coach earning 100 victories and broke the record of Avery Johnson.

Tom led Derrick Rose-less Bulls to the fourth-best record at the Eastern Conference in the second year. After getting fired on May 28, 2015, from Bulls, he joined Minnesota on 2016, April 20 serving as their head coach and president of basketball operations. Recently, he was sacked from the Timberwolves on January 6, 2019.

Coaching Style

Talking about the coaching style of Tom, he is quite popular for it. ESPN praised him saying  "the pinnacle of team defensive strategy in the NBA." Besides, he was described as a no-nonsense coach. 

According to several NBA players including Kevin Garnett, Yao Ming, Joakim Noah, Tom was a perfect coach with abilities.

Tom Thibodeau's Personal Life

The detailed information regarding Tom's probable wife/girlfriend is not available. So far there are no rumors about Tom currently dating someone. 

According to an article published in the New York Times in 2012, Thibodeau was engaged in graduate school in Salem State but called it off one or two months before the wedding.

Tom is engaged in some social works and participates in the charity events.

CAPTION: Thibodeau, Bulls serve Thanksgiving dinner to 700 visitors at local homeless shelter  SOURCE:

Other than being a famous NBA head coach and president, Tom is pretty famous in social media with a huge number of followers.

The famous NBA coach is 6 feet 2 inches tall in height with a charming personality.

Awards and Highlights

  • New Britain Sports Hall of Fame In 1998
  • Ranked 13th best coach in 2017 by ESPN
  • Third position in 2014 NBA Coach of the Year voting
  • Second position in 2012 NBA Coach of the Year voting
  •  NBA Coach of the Year 2011
  • NBA All-star Game Head Coach 2012
  • NBA Champion 2008

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