List of Sacramento Kings head coaches

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The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was founded as the Rochester Royals by Lester Harrison and his brother Jack Harrison in Rochester, New York in 1945.[1] The Royals won the National Basketball League (NBL) championship during their inaugural season by defeating the Sheboygan Redskins 3–0.[1] In 1948, the team joined the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which merged with the NBL to become the NBA a year later.[2] The franchise won its first NBA championship in the 1951 NBA Finals under the coaching of Lester Harrison.[2] The Harrison brothers moved the team to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1957 due to poor attendance.[2] After spending 15 years in Cincinnati, the team was purchased by a group of businessmen from Kansas City, who moved the team to Kansas City and renamed it to the Kings in 1972. The team was briefly named the Kansas City-Omaha Kings from 1972 to 1975 when home games were split between two cities. In 1982, the franchise was bought by a Sacramento-based group and became the Sacramento Kings.[2]

There have been 25 head coaches for the franchise since joining the NBA. Rick Adelman is the franchise's all-time leader in regular season games coached (624), regular season games won (395), playoff games coached (69), and playoff games won (34). Phil Johnson and Cotton Fitzsimmons have won NBA Coach of the Year in the 1974–75 and 1978–79 season, with the Kings respectively.[3][4] Harrison, Bobby Wanzer, Ed Jucker, Bob Cousy, Draff Young, Jerry Reynolds, Reggie Theus, Kenny Natt and Mike Malone have spent their entire NBA head coaching careers with the Kings.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] Wanzer, Tom Marshall, Jack McMahon, Cousy, Larry Staverman, Adelman and Theus formerly played for the Kings.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18] The Kings are currently owned by Vivek Ranadivé, with Mike Malone as the head coach.

Key[edit]

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

Coaches[edit]

Keith Smart was, until recently the Kings head coach.

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 Harrison, LesterLester Harrison* 19481955 476 296 181 .620 38 19 19 .500 1 Championship (1951) [19]
2 Wanzer, BobbyBobby Wanzer* 19551957 (as player-coach)
19571958
234 98 126 .418 2 0 2 .000 [5]
3 Marshall, TomTom Marshall 1958–1959 (as player-coach)
1959–1960
129 35 94 .271 [20]
4 Wolf, CharlesCharles Wolf 19601963 239 118 121 .494 16 7 9 .438 [21]
5 McMahon, JackJack McMahon 19631967 321 187 134 .583 23 8 15 .348 [22]
6 Jucker, EdEd Jucker* 19671969 164 80 84 .488 [6]
7 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* 1969–1970 (as player-coach)
19701973
350 141 209 .403 [7]
8 Young, DraffDraff Young* 1973 3 0 3 .000 [8]
9 Johnson, PhilPhil Johnson 19731978 340 155 185 .456 6 2 4 .333 1974–75 NBA Coach of the Year[3] [23]
10 Staverman, LarryLarry Staverman 1978 45 18 27 .400 [24]
11 Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons 19781984 492 248 244 .504 26 9 17 .346 1978–79 NBA Coach of the Year[3] [25]
12 McKinney, JackJack McKinney 1984 9 1 8 .111 [26]
Johnson, PhilPhil Johnson 19841987 201 81 120 .403 3 0 3 .000 [23]
13 Reynolds, JerryJerry Reynolds* 1987 60 22 38 .367 [9]
14 Russell, BillBill Russell 1987–1988 58 17 41 .293 [27]
Reynolds, JerryJerry Reynolds* 19881990 110 34 76 .309 [9]
15 Motta, DickDick Motta 19901991 161 48 113 .298 [28]
16 Hughes, RexRex Hughes 1991–1992 57 22 35 .386 [29]
17 St. Jean, GarryGarry St. Jean 19921997 395 159 236 .403 4 1 3 .250 [30]
18 Jordan, EddieEddie Jordan 19971998 97 33 64 .340 [31]
19 Adelman, RickRick Adelman 19982006 624 395 229 .633 69 34 35 .493 [32]
20 Musselman, EricEric Musselman 2006–2007 82 33 49 .402 [33]
21 Theus, ReggieReggie Theus* 20072008 106 44 62 .415 [10]
22 Natt, KennyKenny Natt* 2008–2009 58 11 47 .190 [34]
23 Westphal, PaulPaul Westphal 20092012 171 51 120 .298 [35]
24 Smart, KeithKeith Smart 20122013 141 48 93 .340 [36]
25 Malone, MikeMike Malone* 20132014 106 39 67 .368 [37]
26 Corbin, TyroneTyrone Corbin 2014–present 0 0 0 .000

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Royals/Kings. 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 Cook, Kevin. "The Rochester Royals: The Story of Professional Basketball" (PDF). www.rochester.lib.ny.us. Rochester Public Library. Retrieved November 21, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sacramento Kings History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 21, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Sacramento Kings Media Guides 2008-09 p.348" (PDF). NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Bobby Wanzer Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Ed Jucker Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Bob Cousy Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Draff Young Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b c "Jerry Reynolds Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Reggie Theus Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Kings fire coach Theus". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved December 15, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Bobby Wanzer Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Tom Marshall Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Jack McMahon Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Bob Cousy Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Larry Staverman Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Rick Adelman Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Reggie Theus Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Lester Harrison Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Tom Marshall Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Charles Wolf Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Jack McMahon Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  23. ^ a b "Phil Johnson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Larry Staverman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Cotton Fitzsimmons Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  26. ^ "Jack McKinney Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  27. ^ "Bill Russell Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  28. ^ "Dick Motta Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  29. ^ "Rex Hughes Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  30. ^ "Garry St. Jean Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  31. ^ "Eddie Jordan Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  32. ^ "Rick Adelman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  33. ^ "Eric Musselman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  34. ^ "Kenny Natt Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  35. ^ "Paul Westphal Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Keith Smart Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Mike Malone Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014.