List of Chicago Bulls head coaches

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Tom Thibodeau is the current Bulls head coach.

The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are a member of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is owned by Jerry Reinsdorf and coached by Tom Thibodeau. They play their home games in the United Center. The Bulls first joined the NBA in the 1966–67 season as an expansion team. Coached by Johnny Kerr, the team finished its first season with a 33–48 record, the best record achieved by an expansion team in its first year of play, and secured a playoff berth.[1] The Bulls won their first NBA championship in the 1991 NBA Finals while coached by Phil Jackson.[1] They won five additional NBA championships in the 1990s under Jackson.[1]

There have been 21 head coaches for the Bulls franchise. Phil Jackson is also the franchise's all-time leader in regular season games coached, regular season games won, playoff games coached, and playoff games won.[2] Jackson and Jerry Sloan are the only Bulls coaches to have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[2][3] Kerr, Dick Motta, Jackson, and Thibodeau have won NBA Coach of the Year with the team.[4] Ed Badger, Bill Berry, Bill Cartwright, Pete Myers and Jim Boylan have all spent their entire NBA head coaching careers with the Bulls.[5][6][7][8][9] Sloan, Cartwright, and Myers formerly played for the Bulls.[10][11][12]


Key[edit]

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

Coaches[edit]

Doug Collins coached the Bulls from 1986 to 1989.
Phil Jackson at a game
Phil Jackson won six championships with the Bulls from 1991 to 1998.
Tim Floyd coached the Bulls for four seasons and posted a record of 49-190 with the team.
Vinny Del Negro coached the Bulls to back to back playoff appearances during his two-year tenure with the team.

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2012–13 regular season.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Kerr, JohnnyJohnny Kerr 19661968 163 62 101 .380 8 1 7 .125 1966–67 NBA Coach of the Year [13]
2 Motta, DickDick Motta 19681976 656 356 300 .543 47 18 29 .383 1970–71 NBA Coach of the Year [14]
3 Badger, EdEd Badger* 19761978 164 84 80 .512 3 1 2 .333 [5]
4 Costello, LarryLarry Costello 1978–1979 56 20 36 .357 [15]
5 Robertson, ScottyScotty Robertson 1979 26 11 15 .423 [16]
6 Sloan, JerryJerry Sloandagger 19791982 215 94 121 .437 6 2 4 .333 [3]
7 Johnson, PhilPhil Johnson 1982 1 0 1 .000 [17]
8 Thorn, RodRod Thorn 1982 30 15 15 .500 [18]
9 Westhead, PaulPaul Westhead 1982–1983 82 28 54 .341 [19]
10 Loughery, KevinKevin Loughery 19831985 164 65 99 .396 4 1 3 .250 [20]
11 Albeck, StanStan Albeck 1985–1986 82 30 52 .366 3 0 3 .000 [21]
12 Collins, DougDoug Collins 19861989 246 137 109 .557 30 13 17 .433 [22]
13 Jackson, PhilPhil Jacksondagger 19891998 738 545 193 .738 152 111 41 .730 1995–96 NBA Coach of the Year
6 championships (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[23]
[2]
14 Floyd, TimTim Floyd 19982001 239 49 190 .205 [24]
15 Berry, BillBill Berry* 2001 2 0 2 .000 [6]
16 Cartwright, BillBill Cartwright* 20012003 151 51 100 .338 [7]
17 Myers, PetePete Myers* 2003 2 0 2 .000 [8]
18 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles 20032007 337 165 172 .490 22 10 12 .455 [25]
Myers, PetePete Myers* 2007 1 0 1 .000 [8]
19 Boylan, JimJim Boylan 2007–2008 56 24 32 .429 [9]
20 Del Negro, VinnyVinny Del Negro 20082010 164 82 82 .500 12 4 8 .333 [26]
21 Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau* 2010–present 311 205 106 .659 34 16 18 .471 2010–11 NBA Coach of the Year [27]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Bulls. 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
  1. ^ a b c "Chicago Bulls History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 22, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Phil Jackson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Jerry Sloan Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 2, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Ed Badger Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Bill Berry Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Bill Cartwright Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b c "Pete Myers Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Jim Boylan Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Jerry Sloan Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 22, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Bill Cartwright Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 22, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Pete Myers Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 22, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Red Kerr Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Dick Motta Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Larry Costello Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Scotty Robertson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Phil Johnson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Rod Thorn Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Paul Westhead Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Kevin Loughery Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Stan Albeck Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Doug Collins Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Top 10 Coaches in NBA History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Tim Floyd Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Scott Skiles Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2008. 
  26. ^ "Vinny Del Negro Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 13, 2008. 
  27. ^ "Tom Thibodeau Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 1, 2011.