List of Houston Rockets head coaches

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Jeff Van Gundy (right) was the coach for the Rockets from 2003 to 2007.

The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. They are a member of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They have played their home games at Toyota Center since 2003. Founded by Robert Breitbard in San Diego, the team first joined the NBA in 1967 as an expansion team.[1] After four losing seasons,[2] however, the team was sold to a group of investors based in Houston.[1] The group subsequently relocated the team to Houston, where the Rockets have remained for 37 seasons.[2] The franchise won its only two NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.[3]

There have been 12 head coaches for the Houston Rockets franchise. Jack McMahon, the team's first head coach, compiled a 61–129 record during his tenure.[4] Rudy Tomjanovich, who led the Rockets to their two championships, is the franchise's all-time leader in both regular-season and playoff games coached and wins.[5][3] Alex Hannum is the only Rockets coach to have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[6] Tom Nissalke and Don Chaney were named Coach of the Year during their tenures as head coaches. Both Tex Winter and Johnny Egan have spent their entire NBA head coaching careers with the Rockets.[7][8][9] Egan, Tomjanovich, and Rick Adelman formerly played for the Rockets.[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 Rockets
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.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 McMahon, JackJack McMahon 19671969 190 61 129 .321 6 2 4 .333 [4]
2 Hannum, AlexAlex Hannumdagger 19691971 138 58 80 .420 [6]
3 Winter, TexTex Winter* 19711973 129 51 78 .395 [7]
4 Egan, JohnnyJohnny Egan* 19731976 281 129 152 .459 8 3 5 .375 [8]
5 Nissalke, TomTom Nissalke 19761979 246 124 122 .504 14 6 8 .429 1976–77 NBA Coach of the Year[13] [9]
6 Harris, DelDel Harris 19791983 328 141 187 .430 31 15 16 .484 [14]
7 Fitch, BillBill Fitch 19831988 410 216 194 .527 39 21 18 .538 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[15] [16]
8 Chaney, DonDon Chaney 19881992 298 164 134 .550 11 2 9 .182 1990–91 NBA Coach of the Year[13] [17]
9 Tomjanovich, RudyRudy Tomjanovich 19922003 900 503 397 .559 90 51 39 .567 2 NBA championships (1994, 1995) [3]
10 Van Gundy, JeffJeff Van Gundy 20032007 328 182 146 .555 19 7 12 .368 [18]
11 Adelman, RickRick Adelman 20072011 328 193 135 .588 19 9 10 .474 [19]
12 McHale, KevinKevin McHale 2011–present 230 133 97 .578 12 4 8 .333 [20]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Rockets. 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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  1. ^ a b "Owners, fans waited years before Rockets took off". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Newspapers. September 20, 2001. Retrieved May 13, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Houston Rockets". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rudy Tomjanovich Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Jack McMahon Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Houston Rockets Coach Register". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Alex Hannum Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Tex Winter Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Johnny Egan Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Tom Nissalke Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Johnny Egan Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Rudy Tomjanovich Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Rick Adelman Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  13. ^ a b "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Del Harris Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Top 10 Coaches in NBA History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Bill Fitch Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Don Chaney Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Jeff Van Gundy Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Rick Adelman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Kevin McHale Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2012.