Triano signs three-year deal with Raptors

Mon May 11, 2009 2:19pm EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Former Canadian national coach Jay Triano has signed a three-year contract as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, general manager Bryan Colangelo said on Monday.

"After undertaking a thorough evaluation process, it is clear that Jay is the right coach to guide this team in the future," Colangelo said on the team's website (

Triano, 50, who replaced Sam Mitchell in December, was head coach of the Canadian men's national team from 1998-2004. He represented Canada at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by John Mehaffey; To query or comment on this story email

<p>Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano instructs his team during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Toronto, April 12, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Cassese</p>