List of Atlanta Hawks head coaches

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Mike Woodson was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks for 6 seasons, from 2004–2010.
Hall-of-Famer Red Auerbach coached the Blackhawks for one season.

The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] The team began playing in 1946 as a member of the National Basketball League (NBL), and joined the NBA in 1949. The team has had five names since its inception; the Buffalo Bisons (1946), the Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1946–1951), the Milwaukee Hawks (1951–1955), the St. Louis Hawks (1955–1968), and the Atlanta Hawks (1968–present).[2] The Hawks won their only NBA championship in 1958, and have not returned to the NBA Finals since 1960.[3][4] The team has played its home games at the Philips Arena since 1999.[5] The Hawks are owned by Atlanta Spirit, LLC, and Danny Ferry is their general manager.[6]

There have been 27 head coaches for the Hawks franchise since joining the NBA. The team's first head coach while in the NBA was Roger Potter, who coached for seven games. Richie Guerin, who coached the Hawks for eight seasons, is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached (618), regular-season games won (327), playoff games coached (60), and playoff games won (26). Alex Hannum is the only head coach to have won an NBA championship with the Hawks, doing so in the 1958 NBA Finals.[3] Five Hawks coaches have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award,[7] four have been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches,[8][9][10][11] and three were listed among the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History in 1996.[12] Larry Drew was the latest head coach of the Hawks; he was appointed on June 13, 2010.[13]


Key[edit]

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Hawks
dagger Elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013–14 season. This list does not include NBL seasons.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Potter, RogerRoger Potter* 1949 7 1 6 .143 [14]
2 Auerbach, RedRed Auerbachdagger 1949–1950 57 28 29 .491 3 1 2 .333 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history (1996)[12] [8]
3 MacMillan, DaveDave MacMillan* 1950 23 9 14 .391 [15]
4 Logan, JohnnyJohnny Logan* 1950 (as player-coach) 3 2 1 .667 [16]
5 Todorovich, MikeMike Todorovich* 1950–1951 (as player-coach) 42 14 28 .333 [17]
6 Moore, DoxieDoxie Moore 1951–1952 66 17 49 .258 [18]
7 Levane, AndrewAndrew Levane 1952–1953 (as player-coach)
1953–1954
117 38 79 .325 [19]
8 Holzman, RedRed Holzmandagger 1954 (as player-coach)
19541957
203 83 110 .409 9 4 5 .444 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history (1996)[12] [9]
9 Martin, SlaterSlater Martin 1957 (as player-coach) 8 5 3 .625 [20]
10 Hannum, AlexAlex Hannumdagger 1957 (as player-coach)
1957–1958
103 56 47 .544 23 16 7 .696 NBA championship (1957–58)[3] [10]
11 Phillip, AndyAndy Phillip* 1958 10 6 4 .600 [21]
12 Macauley, EdEd Macauley* 1958–1959 (as player-coach)
1959–1960
137 89 48 .650 20 9 11 .450 [22]
13 Seymour, PaulPaul Seymour 19601961 93 56 37 .602 12 5 7 .417 [23]
Levane, AndrewAndrew Levane 1961–1962 60 20 40 .333 [19]
14 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* 1962 (as player-coach) 6 4 2 .667 [24]
15 Gallatin, HarryHarry Gallatin 19621964 193 111 82 .575 23 12 11 .522 1962–63 NBA Coach of the Year[7] [25]
16 Guerin, RichieRichie Guerin* 19641970 (as player-coach)
19701972
618 327 291 .529 60 26 34 .434 1967–68 NBA Coach of the Year[7] [26]
17 Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons 19721976 320 140 180 .438 6 2 4 .333 [27]
18 Tormohlen, BumperBumper Tormohlen* 1976 8 1 7 .125 [28]
19 Brown, HubieHubie Brown 19761981 407 199 208 .489 16 6 10 .375 1977–78 NBA Coach of the Year[7] [29]
20 Fratello, MikeMike Fratello 1981 3 0 3 .000 [30]
21 Loughery, KevinKevin Loughery 19811984 164 85 79 .518 5 1 4 .200 [31]
Fratello, MikeMike Fratello 19841990 574 324 250 .564 40 18 22 .450 1985–86 NBA Coach of the Year[7] [30]
22 Weiss, BobBob Weiss 19901993 246 124 122 .504 8 2 6 .250 [32]
23 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkensdagger 19932000 542 310 232 .572 47 17 30 .362 1993–94 NBA Coach of the Year[7]
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history (1996)[12]
[11]
24 Kruger, LonLon Kruger* 20002002 191 69 122 .361 [33]
25 Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts 20022004 137 52 85 .380 [34]
26 Woodson, MikeMike Woodson 20042010 492 206 286 .419 29 11 18 .379 [35]
27 Drew, LarryLarry Drew 20102013 230 128 102 .557 24 10 14 .417 [36]
28 Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer* 2013–present 82 38 44 .463 .000 [37]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Hawks. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  9. ^ a b "Red Holzman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Alex Hannum Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Lenny Wilkens Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
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  14. ^ "Roger Potter Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Dave McMillan Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  16. ^ "John Logan Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Mike Todorovich Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Doxie Moore Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  19. ^ a b "Andrew Levane Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Slater Martin Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Andy Phillip Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  22. ^ "Ed Macauley Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Paul Seymour Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Bob Pettit Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  25. ^ "Harry Gallatin Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  26. ^ "Richie Guerin Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  27. ^ "Cotton Fitzsimmons Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  28. ^ "Bumper Tormohlen Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  29. ^ "Hubie Brown Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  30. ^ a b "Mike Fratello Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  31. ^ "Kevin Loughery Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  32. ^ "Bob Weiss Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  33. ^ "Lon Kruger Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  34. ^ "Terry Stotts Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  35. ^ "Mike Woodson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Larry Drew Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Mike Budenholzer Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014.