List of Phoenix Suns head coaches

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The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] Founded in 1968, the Suns are chronologically the second-oldest team in the Western Conference. The Suns are also chronologically the third-oldest team in the NBA to have never won a NBA Championship while having played in the NBA Finals at least once.[2][3] The Suns play their home games at the US Airways Center.[1]

The Phoenix Suns franchise has had 16 head coaches. John MacLeod is the franchise's all-time leader in coaching years and games won, winning the most regular-season and playoff games.[4] Cotton Fitzsimmons and Mike D'Antoni are the only coaches to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award with the Suns. The Suns never have been coached by a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Paul Westphal has the highest all-time winning percentage with the Suns with a .685 percentage.[5] Alvin Gentry was named head coach after Terry Porter was dismissed by the Suns after 51 games in 2008.[6] Gentry left the Phoenix Suns under mutual agreement to part ways on January 18, 2013.[7] He was replaced by Lindsey Hunter halfway through the 2012-13 NBA season. He has since been replaced by former Suns player Jeff Hornacek.


Key[edit]

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Suns

Coaches[edit]

Jerry Colangelo coached the Suns in 1970 and in the 1972–1973 season.
Terry Porter coached the Suns for the first 51 games of the 2008–09 season.
Lindsey Hunter coached the Suns in only 41 games in the 2012-13 season.

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 Kerr, JohnnyJohnny Kerr 19681969 120 31 89 .258 [8]
2 Colangelo, JerryJerry Colangelo* 1970 44 24 20 .545 7 3 4 .429 [9]
3 Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons 19701972 164 97 67 .591 [10]
4 van Breda Kolff, ButchButch van Breda Kolff 1972 7 3 4 .429 [11]
Colangelo, JerryJerry Colangelo* 1972–1973 75 35 40 .467 [9]
5 MacLeod, JohnJohn MacLeod 19731987 1122 579 543 .516 81 37 44 .457 [4]
6 Van Arsdale, DickDick Van Arsdale* 1987 26 14 12 .538 [12]
7 Wetzel, JohnJohn Wetzel* 1987–1988 82 28 54 .341 [13]
Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons 19881992 328 217 111 .662 40 21 19 .525 1988–89 NBA Coach of the Year[14] [10]
8 Westphal, PaulPaul Westphal 19921996 279 191 88 .685 44 25 19 .568 [5]
Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons 1996 49 27 22 .551 4 1 3 .250 [10]
9 Ainge, DannyDanny Ainge* 19961999 226 136 90 .602 12 3 9 .250 [15]
10 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles 19992002 195 116 79 .595 13 5 8 .385 [16]
11 Johnson, FrankFrank Johnson* 20022003 134 63 71 .470 6 2 4 .333 [17]
12 D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni 20032008 389 253 136 .650 51 26 25 .510 2004–05 NBA Coach of the Year[14] [18]
13 Porter, TerryTerry Porter 2008–2009 51 28 23 .549 [19]
14 Gentry, AlvinAlvin Gentry 20092013 261 145 116 .556 16 10 6 .625 [20]
15 Hunter, LindseyLindsey Hunter* 2013 41 12 29 .293 [21]
16 Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek* 2013–present 82 48 34 .585 [22]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Suns. 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 "Phoenix Suns History Index". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  2. ^ "A Chronology of the Teams in the NBA". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  3. ^ "NBA Finals: All-time Champions". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "John MacLeod Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Paul Westphal Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Alvin Gentry Named Interim Head Coach by the Suns". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 16, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Suns, coach Alvin Gentry part ways". ESPN.com. ESPN. January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Red Kerr Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Jerry Colangelo Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b c "Cotton Fitzsimmons Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Butch Van Breda Kolff Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Dick Van Arsdale Coahcing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  13. ^ "John Wetzel Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  14. ^ a b "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 20, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Danny Ainge Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Scott Skiles Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Frank Johnson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Mike D'Antoni Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Terry Porter Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Alvin Gentry Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Lindsey Hunter Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Jeff Hornacek Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014.