List of Cleveland Cavaliers head coaches

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Two-time head coach Mike Brown who led the Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010, and again during the 2013–14 season. During his first stint, he led the Cavs to their only NBA Finals appearance in 2007.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team joined the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team and won their first Eastern Conference championship in 2007.[1] The Cavaliers have played their home games at the Quicken Loans Arena, formerly known as Gund Arena, since 1994.[2] The Cavaliers are owned by Dan Gilbert, David Katzman, and Gordon Gund, with Chris Grant as their general manager.[3] American R&B-pop singer Usher Raymond is a minority owner.[4]

There have been 18 head coaches for the Cavaliers franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Bill Fitch, who coached for nine seasons. Fitch is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (738);[5] Lenny Wilkens is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season game wins (316); Mike Brown is the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff games coached (71), the most playoff-game wins (42), and the highest regular-season winning percentage (.663).[6] Chuck Daly and Wilkens are the only Cavaliers coaches to have been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[6][7] Fitch and Daly were also named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history.[8] Fitch and Brown are the only Cavaliers coaches to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award.[9] Don Delaney spent his entire NBA coaching careers with the Cavaliers.[10]

Key[edit]

After coaching the Cavaliers for 41 games (with a 9–32 record), Chuck Daly was dismissed during the 1981–82 season.[11][12][13]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Cavaliers
dagger Elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches[edit]

Byron Scott was the head coach of the Cavaliers from 2010 to 2013. During the 2010–2011 season, the Cavs lost 26 games in a row - tied for the longest losing streak in the four major professional sports.
Current head coach David Blatt

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013–14 season.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Fitch, BillBill Fitch 19701979 738 304 434 .412 18 7 11 .389 1975–76 NBA Coach of the Year[9]
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[8]
[5]
2 Albeck, StanStan Albeck 1979–1980 82 37 45 .451 [14]
3 Musselman, BillBill Musselman 1980–1981 71 25 46 .352 [15]
4 Delaney, DonDon Delaney* 1981 26 7 19 .269 [10]
5 Kloppenburg, BobBob Kloppenburg 1981 3 0 3 .000 [16]
6 Daly, ChuckChuck Dalydagger 1981–1982 41 9 32 .220 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[8] [7]
Musselman, BillBill Musselman 1982 15 4 11 .267 [15]
7 Nissalke, TomTom Nissalke 19821984 164 51 113 .311 [17]
8 Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl 19841986 149 61 88 .409 4 1 3 .250 [18]
9 Littles, GeneGene Littles 1986 15 4 11 .267 [19]
10 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkensdagger 19861993 574 316 258 .551 41 18 23 .439 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[8] [6]
11 Fratello, MikeMike Fratello 19931999 460 248 212 .539 14 2 12 .143 [20]
12 Wittman, RandyRandy Wittman 19992001 164 62 102 .378 [21]
13 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas 20012003 124 37 87 .298 [22]
14 Smart, KeithKeith Smart 2003 40 9 31 .225 [23]
15 Silas, PaulPaul Silas 20032005 146 69 77 .473 [24]
16 Malone, BrendanBrendan Malone 2005 18 8 10 .444 [25]
17 Brown, MikeMike Brown* 20052010 410 272 138 .663 71 42 29 .592 Eastern Conference Championship (2007)[1]
2008–09 NBA Coach of the Year[9]
[26]
18 Scott, ByronByron Scott 20102013 230 64 166 .278 [27]
Brown, MikeMike Brown 2013–2014 82 33 49 .402 [26]
19 Blatt, DavidDavid Blatt* 2014

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Cavaliers. 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 "2006-07 Cleveland Cavaliers Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Gund Arena to be renamed Quicken Loans Arena". ESPN.com. August 2, 2005. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Cavaliers: Front Office". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  4. ^ Davis, Carolyn E. (February 25, 2005). "Usher About To Become Part-Owner Of Cleveland Cavaliers". MTV. Retrieved November 30, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Bill Fitch Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c "Lenny Wilkens Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Chuck Daly Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Top 10 Coaches in NBA History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b c "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Don Delaney Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Daly, "Chuck" (Charles J.)". hickoksports.com. Retrieved December 2, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Chuck Daly Biography". Hit! Run! Score!, Inc. Retrieved December 2, 2008. 
  13. ^ Bill Nichols. "Activist Stepien Axes Daly, March 27, 1982". The Sporting News. Retrieved December 2, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Stan Albeck Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b "Bill Musselman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Bob Kloppenburg Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Tom Nissalke Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  18. ^ "George Karl Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Gene Littles Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Mike Fratello Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Randy Wittman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  22. ^ "John Lucas Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Keith Smart Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Paul Silas Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Brendan Malone Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  26. ^ a b "Mike Brown Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Byron Scott Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2012.