Hofstra names Hempstead native and alumnus Speedy Claxton as head coach

"Today is a dream come true for me," said Claxton in prepared remarks. "With that dream comes responsibility, I know the incredible history of the Hofstra men's basketball program.

News 12 Staff

Apr 7, 2021, 9:30 PM

Updated 1,101 days ago

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Hofstra University announced Wednesday that Speedy Claxton has been named the 13th head coach of the men’s basketball team.
According to the university, “During his spectacular playing career, he lifted the Pride to the NCAA Tournament. Over the last eight years as a member of the coaching staff, he helped guide the team back to the top of the conference. And today he takes the helm as the new leader of the Hofstra men's basketball program.”
"Today is a dream come true for me," said Claxton in prepared remarks. "With that dream comes responsibility, I know the incredible history of the Hofstra men's basketball program. I have lived it. I have experienced it. I have coached it. And today I am ready to lead it. Everything about Hofstra and our men's basketball program is special to me and I look forward to continuing the success this program experiences year in and year out.”
Claxton is a native of Hempstead. His No. 10 was retired by Hofstra and he was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame in 2010. He played for 10 years in the NBA and won a championship with the 2003 San Antonio Spurs.
Here’s some more info on Claxton from the university:
  • Full Name: Craig Elliott "Speedy" Claxton
  • Date of Birth: May 8, 1978 (42 years old)
  • Education: Hofstra University, 2000, BS in interdisciplinary studies
  • Collegiate Playing Career: Hofstra (1996-00)
  • Professional Playing Career: Philadelphia 76ers (2000-2002); San Antonio Spurs (2003); Golden State Warriors (2003-05, 2009-10); New Orleans Hornets (2005-06); Atlanta Hawks (2006-09)
  • NBA Scouting Career: Golden State Warriors (2010-13)
  • Coaching Career: Hofstra University, Assistant Coach (2013-21)
  • Children: Aniya, London, and Kiersten


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