Brendan Malone

Brendan Malone (1942-2023)

Current position: Rhode Island Rams, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers
Rhode Island record: 17-39 (.304)
Overall record^: 17-39 (.304)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2014-2016 Detroit Pistons (asst)
2007-2012 Orlando Magic (asst)
2005 Cleveland Cavaliers (interim HC)
2004-2005 Cleveland Cavaliers (asst)
2003-2004 New York Knicks (asst)
2000-2003 Indiana Pacers (asst)
1996-2000 New York Knicks (asst)
1995-1996 Toronto Raptors
1988-1995 Detroit Pistons (assst)
1986-1988 New York Knicks (asst)
1984-1986 Rhode Island
1978-1984 Syracuse (asst)
1977-1978 Yale (asst)
1976-1977 Fordham (asst)

Brendan Malone Facts

  • Brendan Thomas Malone
  • Born April 21, 1942
  • Died October 10, 2023
  • Hometown: New York City, New York
  • Alma Mater: Iona College (BA, 1962)
  • The NYC-native played for Jim McDermott at Iona and then started his coaching career in 1967 as the JV coach at Power Memorial Academy (NY)
    • Elevated to head coach at PMA in 1970, winning two city championships in six years
  • Left for Fordham in 1976, where he spent one year as an assistant under Dick Stewart; followed that with one season on Ray Carazo’s staff at Yale
  • Spent six years at Syracuse as an assistant under Jim Boeheim, during which time the Orange went to four NCAA Tournaments (three Sweet 16s) and won one Big East title (1980)
  • Hired in 1984 to be the head coach at Rhode Island, but went just 17-39 in two seasons at the helm
  • Spent the rest of his coaching career at the professional level, mostly as an assistant coach
    • Worked under head coaches Bob Hill (NYK), Rick Pitino (NYK), Chuck Daly (DET), Ron Rothstein (DET), Don Chaney (DET & NYK), Jeff Van Gundy (NYK), Isiah Thomas (IND), Paul Silas (CLE) and Stan Van Gundy (ORL & DET)
    • Won two NBA Championships as a member of the Detroit Pistons coaching staff (1989 & 1990)
    • Was the head coach of the Toronto Raptors for one season (21-61 overall) and later served as interim head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for 18 games
  • Brendan’s son, Michael Malone, was a long-time NBA assistant who has been head coach of the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings

Brendan Malone Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only