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Tony DiLeo
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Sport
Country  United States
Sport Basketball
Team Philadelphia 76ers

Tony DiLeo served as the 21st head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. He took over the position mid-season on December 13, 2008 after then-head coach Maurice Cheeks was fired after starting the season with a 9-14 record. The team went 32-27 under DiLeo's leadership (finishing the season 41-41 overall), and lost their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series to the Orlando Magic. At the end of the season, DiLeo withdrew his name from consideration to return as head coach, opting instead to return to the Sixers' front office as senior vice president and assistant general manager.[1]

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High school

DiLeo was a basketball star at Cinnaminson High School in New Jersey.

Collegiate career

DiLeo played basketball at Tennessee Tech and La Salle University, where, as a junior, he was named first-team Academic All-American and went on to graduate maxima cum laude from the La Salle School of Business.

Professional career

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International basketball

DiLeo was involved international basketball as both a player and a coach. He won nine national titles in the former West German’s top divisions, seven in the women's (with DJK Agon 08 Düsseldorf) and two in the men's competition (with BSC Saturn Köln), and earned Coach of the Year honors in 1987. He also held the role of West German federation Women's National Coach from 1981-85. While in Europe, he wrote and published the European Basketball Handbook, a guide designed to acclimate American players overseas. [2][3]

Philadelphia 76ers

DiLeo has been a part of the 76ers basketball operations department since the 1990-91 season. After spending years within the organization in positions including director of scouting and assistant coach, DiLeo notably held the positions of Director of Player Personnel from 1999 to 2003 and was promoted to Senior vice president/assistant general manager in September 2003.

2008-09 Season

After the 76ers fired Maurice Cheeks on December 13, 2008, DiLeo was named interim head coach. Taking over the Sixers who had started the season with a 9-14 record, DiLeo managed to finish the 2008-09 season with a 41-41 record. This record was good enough to clinch the Sixers the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs and a matchup with the third seeded Southeast Division champion Orlando Magic. After taking game one of the series, the team lost four of five, including an ugly series-clinching loss in game six. On May 12, it was reported that DiLeo had asked team president and general manager Ed Stefanski to remove his name from consideration to return as head coach. DiLeo opted instead to return to the Sixers' front office as senior vice president and assistant general manager.[4]

Coaching record

Legend
Regular season   G Games coached   W Games won   L Games lost
Post season  PG  Games coached  PW  Games won  PL  Games lost
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL Result
PHI 2008–09 59 32 27 .542 2nd in Atlantic 6 2 4 Lost In Eastern Conference quarterfinals to Orlando
Career 59 32 27 .542 6 2 4

Personal

DiLeo is married to Anna DiLeo. They have two sons – T.J., who plays college basketball at Temple University, and Max. The family lives in South Jersey.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Maurice Cheeks
Head Coach of the Philadelphia 76ers
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Eddie Jordan

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