List of Detroit Pistons head coaches

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Chuck Daly led the Pistons to two consecutive championships in the 1980s. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.

The Detroit Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. They play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team, owned by Tom Gores, plays its home games at The Palace of Auburn Hills.[1][2] The franchise was founded in 1941 by Fred Zollner as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, playing in the National Basketball League (NBL).[3] In 1948, the team was renamed to the Fort Wayne Pistons and joined the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which merged with the NBL to become the NBA a year later.[3] After spending nine seasons in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Zollner moved the team to Detroit, Michigan in 1957 to be able to compete financially with other big city teams.[4] In the 1980s, general manager Jack McCloskey was instrumental in the Pistons' future championship runs by drafting Isiah Thomas, acquiring key players like Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman and hiring head coach Chuck Daly.[4] The 1980s team, known today as "the Bad Boys" due to the physical playing style, eventually won two championships in the 1989 and 1990 NBA Finals under Daly.[4] The Pistons won their third title in the 2004 NBA Finals under the tenure of Larry Brown.[4]

There have been 35 head coaches for the Pistons franchise since joining the NBA. The franchise's first head coach while in the NBA was Carl Bennett, who coached the team for six games, all of which are losses.[5] Chuck Daly is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached (738), regular-season games won (467), playoff games coached (113), and playoff games won (71);[6] Flip Saunders is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season winning percentage (.715).[7] Daly and Larry Brown are the only members of the franchise to have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches;[6][8] Daly was also selected as one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history.[9] Both Ray Scott and Rick Carlisle have won NBA Coach of the Year in the 1973–74 and 2001–02 season, with the Pistons respectively.[10] Former coach Dick Vitale was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame in honor of the work he did as a basketball broadcaster after leaving the Pistons.[11] Sixteen head coaches have spent their entire NBA head coaching careers with the Pistons. Curly Armstrong, Red Rocha, Dick McGuire, Dave DeBusschere, Donnie Butcher, Terry Dischinger, Earl Lloyd, Scott, and Michael Curry formerly played for the team.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20] The current head coach of the Pistons is Stan Van Gundy.[21]

Key[edit]

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

Coaches[edit]

Flip Saunders was the coach for the Pistons from 2005 to 2008.

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

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Bennett, CarlCarl Bennett* 1948 6 0 6 .000 [5]
2 Armstrong, CurlyCurly Armstrong* 1948–1949 (as player-coach) 54 22 32 .407 [22]
3 Mendenhall, MurrayMurray Mendenhall* 19491951 136 72 64 .529 [23]
4 Birch, PaulPaul Birch 19511954 207 105 102 .507 14 4 10 .286 [24]
5 Eckman, CharleyCharley Eckman* 19541957 241 123 118 .510 24 10 14 .417 [25]
6 Rocha, RedRed Rocha* 19571960 153 65 88 .425 10 4 6 .400 [26]
7 McGuire, DickDick McGuire 1959–1960 (as player-coach)
19601963
280 122 158 .436 21 8 13 .381 [27]
8 Wolf, CharlesCharles Wolf 19631964 91 25 66 .433 [28]
9 DeBusschere, DaveDave DeBusschere* 19641967 (as player-coach) 222 79 143 .356 [29]
10 Butcher, DonnieDonnie Butcher* 19671968 112 52 60 .464 6 2 4 .333 [30]
11 Seymour, PaulPaul Seymour 1968–1969 60 22 38 .367 [31]
12 van Breda Kolff, ButchButch van Breda Kolff 19691971 174 82 92 .471 [32]
13 Dischinger, TerryTerry Dischinger* 1971 (as player-coach) 2 0 2 .000 [33]
14 Lloyd, EarlEarl Lloyd* 19711972 77 22 55 .286 [34]
15 Scott, RayRay Scott* 19721976 281 147 134 .523 10 4 6 .400 1973–74 NBA Coach of the Year[10] [35]
16 Brown, HerbHerb Brown* 19761977 146 72 74 .493 12 5 7 .417 [36]
17 Kauffman, BobBob Kauffman* 1977–1978 58 29 29 .500 [37]
18 Vitale, DickDick Vitale* 19781979 94 34 60 .362 [38]
19 Adubato, RichieRichie Adubato 1979–1980 70 12 58 .171 [39]
20 Robertson, ScottyScotty Robertson 19801983 246 97 149 .394 [40]
21 Daly, ChuckChuck Dalydouble-dagger 19831992 738 467 271 .633 113 71 42 .628 2 NBA championships (1989, 1990)
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[9]
[6]
22 Rothstein, RonRon Rothstein 1992–1993 82 40 42 .488 [41]
23 Chaney, DonDon Chaney 19931995 164 48 116 .293 [42]
24 Collins, DougDoug Collins 19951998 209 121 88 .579 8 2 6 .250 [43]
25 Gentry, AlvinAlvin Gentry 19982000 145 73 72 .503 5 2 3 .400 [44]
26 Irvine, GeorgeGeorge Irvine 20002001 106 46 60 .434 3 0 3 .000 [45]
27 Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle 20012003 164 100 64 .610 27 12 15 .444 2001–02 NBA Coach of the Year[10] [46]
28 Brown, LarryLarry Browndouble-dagger 20032005 164 108 56 .659 48 31 17 .646 NBA championship (2004) [8]
29 Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders 20052008 246 176 70 .715 51 30 21 .588 [7]
30 Curry, MichaelMichael Curry* 2008–2009 82 39 43 .476 4 0 4 .000 [47]
31 Kuester, JohnJohn Kuester* 20092011 164 57 107 .348 [48]
32 Frank, LawrenceLawrence Frank 20112013 148 54 94 .365 [49]
33 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks 2013–2014 50 21 29 .420 [50]
34 Loyer, JohnJohn Loyer* 2014 32 8 24 .250 [51]
35 Van Gundy, StanStan Van Gundy 2014 .000

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Pistons. 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]

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  16. ^ "Donnie Butcher Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
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  23. ^ "Murray Mendenhall Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Paul Birch Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Charles Eckman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  26. ^ "Red Rocha Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  27. ^ "Dick McGuire Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  28. ^ "Charles Wolf Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
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  30. ^ "Donnie Butcher Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  31. ^ "Paul Seymour Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  32. ^ "Bill Van Breda Kolff Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  33. ^ "Terry Dischinger Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  34. ^ "Earl Lloyd Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  35. ^ "Ray Scott Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  36. ^ "Herb Brown Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
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  39. ^ "Richie Adubato Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  40. ^ "Scotty Robertson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  41. ^ "Ron Rothstein Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  42. ^ "Don Chaney Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  43. ^ "Doug Collin Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  44. ^ "Alvin Gentry Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  45. ^ "George Irvine Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  46. ^ "Rick Carlisle Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  47. ^ "Michael Curry Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  48. ^ "John Kuester Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  49. ^ "Lawrence Frank Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  50. ^ "Maurice Cheeks Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  51. ^ "John Loyer Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014.