The Boston Celtics made the first NBA Development League coaching call-up of the offseason on Friday, hiring former Maine Red Claws as the team's new Director of Player Personnel.
Ainge is the son of Danny Ainge, the team's President of Basketball Operations, and will be involved in the player personnel department for the NBA franchise. The position, according to sources, came along with a three-year contract.
"I am sorry to see Austin go, but happy for him in his new position with the Celtics," Maine Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings said in a press release. "All of us with the Red Claws enjoyed working with Austin. No one worked harder and was more committed to making our players better. He will be missed. We wish Austin, Crystal and his boys the best going forward."
This won't be the first time the younger Ainge has worked in the Celtics front office as he was a scout prior to his two-year run with the Red Claws. The 29-year-old also has experience as an assistant coach at Southern Utah University following his playing career for the BYU Cougars.
"I truly appreciate the opportunity that the Red Claws gave me and have enjoyed my time in Maine tremendously," Ainge said. "The fans in Maine are incredible, and I wish the organization nothing but the best going forward."
The team will begin its search for a new head coach immediately.