List of Washington Wizards head coaches

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Eddie Jordan was the coach for the Wizards from 2003 to 2008.

The Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. They are a member of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team plays its home games at the Verizon Center. The franchise was established in Chicago, Illinois as the Chicago Packers in 1961; after one season, its name was changed to the Chicago Zephyrs. In 1963, the franchise moved to Baltimore, Maryland and was renamed the Baltimore Bullets. It moved to Landover, Maryland in 1973 and changed its name to the Capital Bullets. After one season, the team became the Washington Bullets. In 1978, the Bullets won the 1978 NBA Finals in seven games for the franchise's only championship. In 1997, the team became the Washington Wizards, which is the team's current name. Since their formation, the Wizards have won six divisional championships, four conference championships, one league championship and have appeared in the playoffs twenty-three times.[1][2][3]

There have been 23 head coaches for the Wizards franchise. The franchise's first coach was Jim Pollard, who led the team for one season.[4] Dick Motta is the only Wizards coach to have led the team to a championship; the team won the 1978 NBA Finals as the Washington Bullets during his tenure.[5] Gene Shue is the only Wizards coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award; he won it twice, in 1969 and 1982.[6] No Wizards coach has been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach, but four have been elected into the Hall of Fame as a player: Jim Pollard, Buddy Jeannette, K. C. Jones and Wes Unseld.[4][7][8][9] Shue is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached (1027) and wins (522); Jones is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season winning percentage (.630).[8] Dick Motta is the franchise's all-time leader in playoff games coached (51) and wins (27), as well as playoff-game winning percentage (.529).[5] Five Wizards coaches have spent their entire NBA head coaching career with the team: Mike Farmer, Bob Staak, Jim Brovelli, Leonard Hamilton and Ed Tapscott.[10][11][12][13][14] Randy Wittman is the current coach.[15]

Key[edit]

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

Coaches[edit]

Doug Collins coached the Wizards for two seasons from 2001 to 2003.
Randy Wittman is the current head coach of the Wizards.

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

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Pollard, JimJim Pollard 1961–1962 80 18 62 .359 [4]
2 McMahon, JackJack McMahon 1962 38 12 26 .316 [16]
3 Leonard, BobbyBobby Leonard 19621964 (as player-coach) 122 44 78 .361 [17]
4 Jeannette, BuddyBuddy Jeannette 1964–1965 80 37 43 .463 10 5 5 .500 [7]
5 Seymour, PaulPaul Seymour 1965–1966 80 38 42 .475 3 0 3 .000 [18]
6 Farmer, MikeMike Farmer* 1966 9 1 8 .111 [10]
Jeannette, BuddyBuddy Jeannette 1966 16 3 13 .188 [7]
7 Shue, GeneGene Shue 19661973 548 291 257 .531 40 14 26 .350 1968–69 NBA Coach of the Year[6] [19]
8 Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones 19731976 246 155 91 .630 31 14 17 .452 [8]
9 Motta, DickDick Motta 19761980 328 185 143 .564 51 27 24 .529 NBA Championship (1978)[20] [5]
Shue, GeneGene Shue 19801986 479 231 248 .482 15 5 10 .333 1981–82 NBA Coach of the Year[6] [19]
10 Loughery, KevinKevin Loughery 19861988 122 57 65 .467 8 2 6 .250 [21]
11 Unseld, WesWes Unseld 19881994 547 202 345 .369 5 2 3 .400 [9]
12 Lynam, JimJim Lynam 19941997 210 82 128 .390 [22]
13 Staak, BobBob Staak* 1997 1 0 1 .000 [11]
14 Bickerstaff, BernieBernie Bickerstaff 19971999 149 77 72 .517 3 0 3 .000 [23]
15 Brovelli, JimJim Brovelli* 1999 18 5 13 .278 [12]
16 Heard, GarGar Heard 1999–2000 44 14 30 .318 [24]
17 Walker, DarrellDarrell Walker 2000 38 15 23 .395 [25]
18 Hamilton, LeonardLeonard Hamilton* 2000–2001 82 19 63 .232 [13]
19 Collins, DougDoug Collins 20012003 164 74 90 .451 [26]
20 Jordan, EddieEddie Jordan 20032008 421 197 224 .468 26 8 18 .308 [27]
21 Tapscott, EdEd Tapscott* 2008–2009 71 18 53 .254 [14]
22 Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders 20092012 181 51 130 .282 [28]
23 Wittman, RandyRandy Wittman 2012–present 213 91 122 .427 11 6 5 .545 [29]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the franchise. 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. ^ "Washington Wizards History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 27, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Washington Wizards History". CBS Sports. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 27, 2008. 
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  4. ^ a b c "Jim Pollard Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c "Dick Motta Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 27, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c "Buddy Jeannette Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b c "K. C. Jones Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Wes Unseld Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Mike Farmer Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "Bob Staak Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "Jim Brovelli Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  13. ^ a b "Leonard Hamilton Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  14. ^ a b "Ed Tapscott Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Wizards Relieve Saunders of Coaching Duties". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 24, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Jack McMahon Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Slick Leonard Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Paul Seymour Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  19. ^ a b "Gene Shue Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  20. ^ "NBA Finals: All-Time Champions". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Kevin Loughery Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Jim Lynam Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Bernie Bickerstaff Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Gar Heard Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Darrell Walker Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  26. ^ "Doug Collins Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  27. ^ "Eddie Jordan Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  28. ^ "Flip Saunders Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Randy Wittman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2012.