List of New York Knicks head coaches

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Rick Pitino was the coach for the Knicks from 1987 to 1989.

The New York Knickerbockers are an American professional basketball team based in New York City. They are a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play their home games at Madison Square Garden. The franchise's official name "Knickerbockers" came from the style of pants Dutch settlers wore when they came to America.[1] Having joined the Basketball Association of America (BAA), the predecessor of the NBA, in 1946, the Knicks remain as one of the oldest teams in the NBA.[2] Valued at about US$608 million, the Knicks are also the most valuable basketball franchise in the United States.[3] During Red Holzman's tenure, the franchise won its only two NBA championships, the 1970 NBA Finals and the 1973 NBA Finals.

There have been 26 head coaches for the New York Knicks franchise. Holzman was the franchise's first Coach of the Year winner and is its all-time leader in regular-season games coached, regular-season games won, playoff games coached, and playoff games won.[4] Holzman was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986 as a coach.[4] Besides Holzman, Rick Pitino, Don Nelson, Pat Riley, Lenny Wilkens, and Larry Brown have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches. Four coaches have been named to the list of the top 10 coaches in NBA history.[5] Neil Cohalan, Joe Lapchick, Vince Boryla, Carl Braun, Eddie Donovan and Herb Williams have spent their entire coaching careers with the Knicks.[6][7][8][9][10][11] Boryla, Braun, Harry Gallatin, Dick McGuire, Willis Reed and Williams formerly played for the Knicks.[12][13][14][15][16][17] The team's current general manager is Glen Grunwald and head coach is Derek Fisher.

Key[edit]

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

Coaches[edit]

Pat Riley was the coach for the Knicks from 1991 to 1995.
Mike Woodson was the Knicks' head coach 2011-2014.

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

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Cohalan, NeilNeil Cohalan* 1946–1947 60 33 27 .550 5 2 3 .400 [6]
2 Lapchick, JoeJoe Lapchick* 19471956 573 326 247 .569 60 30 30 .500 [7]
3 Boryla, VinceVince Boryla* 19561958 165 80 85 .485 -1 [8]
4 Levane, AndrewAndrew Levane 19581959 99 48 51 .485 2 0 2 .000 [18]
5 Braun, CarlCarl Braun* 19591961 (as player-coach) 127 40 87 .315 -1 [9]
6 Donovan, EddieEddie Donovan* 19611965 278 84 194 .302 -1 [10]
7 Gallatin, HarryHarry Gallatin 1965 63 25 38 .397 -1 [19]
8 McGuire, DickDick McGuire 19651967 177 75 102 .424 4 1 3 .250 [20]
9 Holzman, RedRed Holzmandagger 19671977 783 466 317 .595 95 54 41 .568 1969–70 NBA Coach of the Year
2 Championships (1970, 1973)
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[5]
[4]
10 Reed, WillisWillis Reed 19771978 96 49 47 .510 6 2 4 .333 [21]
9.1 Holzman, RedRed Holzmandagger 19781982 314 147 167 .468 2 0 2 .000 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[5] [4]
11 Brown, HubieHubie Brown 19821986 344 138 190 .401 18 8 10 .444 [22]
12 Hill, BobBob Hill 1986–1987 66 20 46 .303 -1 [23]
13 Pitino, RickRick Pitinodagger 19871989 164 90 74 .549 13 6 7 .462 [24]
14 Jackson, StuStu Jackson 19891990 97 52 45 .536 10 4 6 .400 [25]
15 MacLeod, JohnJohn MacLeod 1990–1991 67 32 35 .478 3 0 3 .000 [26]
16 Riley, PatPat Rileydagger 19911995 328 223 105 .680 63 35 28 .556 1992–93 NBA Coach of the Year
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[5]
[27]
17 Nelson, DonDon Nelsondagger 1995–1996 59 34 25 .576 -1 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[5] [28]
18 Van Gundy, JeffJeff Van Gundy 19962001 420 248 172 .590 69 37 32 .536 [29]
19 Chaney, DonDon Chaney 20012004 184 72 112 .391 -1 [30]
20 Williams, HerbHerb Williams* 2004 1 1 0 1.000 -1 [11]
21 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkensdagger 20042005 81 40 41 .494 4 0 4 .000 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[5] [31]
20.1 Williams, HerbHerb Williams* 2005 43 16 27 .372 -1 [11]
22 Brown, LarryLarry Browndagger 2005–2006 82 23 59 .280 -1 [32]
23 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas 20062008 164 56 108 .341 -1 [33]
24 D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni 20082012 288 121 167 .420 4 0 4 .000 [34]
25 Woodson, MikeMike Woodson 20122014 188 109 79 .580 17 7 10 .412 [35]
26 Fisher, DerekDerek Fisher* 2014–present .--- .---

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Knicks. 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
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  7. ^ a b "Joe Lapchick Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 7, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Vince Boryla Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 7, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Carl Braun Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 7, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Eddie Donovan Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 7, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b c "Herb Williams Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
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  13. ^ "Carl Braun Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Harry Gallatin Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Dick McGuire Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Willis Reed Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Herb Williams Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Andrew Levane Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 7, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Harry Gallatin Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Dick McGuire Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Willis Reed Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Hubie Brown Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Bob Hill Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Rick Pitino Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Stu Jackson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  26. ^ "John MacLeod Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  27. ^ "Pat Riley Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  28. ^ "Don Nelson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  29. ^ "Jeff Van Gundy Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  30. ^ "Don Chaney Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  31. ^ "Lenny Wilkens Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  32. ^ "Larry Brown Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  33. ^ "Isiah Thomas Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  34. ^ "Mike D'Antoni Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Mike Woodson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2012.