List of current National Basketball Association head coaches

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Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs for more than 17 years.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a major professional basketball league in North America. The league was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[1] The league adopted its current name at the start of the 1949–1950 season when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL).[2] The league consists of 30 teams, of which 29 are located in the United States and one in Canada. In the NBA, a head coach is the highest ranking coach of a coaching staff. The list includes the date of hiring and the performance record of each coach.

Gregg Popovich has served as the San Antonio Spurs head coach for more than 17 seasons, longer than any other current head coach. Popovich has also coached the most games (1,328), won the most games (905), and lost the most games (423) among active coaches with their current team. None of the other active coaches has served more than six seasons for his current team. Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman is the most experienced head coach. He has been the head coach of five different teams during his 23-season head coaching career. He has coached the most games (1,709), won the most games (1,002) and lost the most games (707) among active coaches in their entire coaching careers. None of the active head coaches have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[3]

All active head coaches are American. Eighteen coaches have spent their entire head coaching careers with their current teams: Mike Budenholzer with the Atlanta Hawks, Brad Stevens with the Boston Celtics, Jason Kidd with the Brooklyn Nets, Steve Clifford with the Charlotte Bobcats, Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls, Brian Shaw with the Denver Nuggets, John Loyer with the Detroit Pistons, Mark Jackson with the Golden State Warriors, Frank Vogel with the Indiana Pacers, David Joerger with the Memphis Grizzlies, Erik Spoelstra with the Miami Heat, Monty Williams with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, Scott Brooks with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jacque Vaughn with the Orlando Magic, Brett Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers, Jeff Hornacek with the Phoenix Suns, Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs, Michael Malone with the Sacramento Kings, and Tyrone Corbin with the Utah Jazz.

After the end of the 2012–13 season, thirteen new head coaches were appointed for the 2013–14 season. Nine of them, Brown, Budenholzer, Clifford, Hornacek, Joerger, Kidd, Malone, Shaw and Stevens, are on their first NBA head coaching job. During the 2013–14 season, the Detroit Pistons fired Maurice Cheeks and replaced him with first-time head coach John Loyer.

Key[edit]

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the current franchise
dagger Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2012–13 season.

Head coach Date of Birth Team Division Conference Start date[a] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Ref.
Current[b] Career[c]
Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer* December 29, 1971 Atlanta Hawks Southeast Eastern May 28, 2013 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [4]
Stevens, BradBrad Stevens* October 22, 1976 Boston Celtics Atlantic Eastern July 3, 2013 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [5]
Kidd, JasonJason Kidd* March 23, 1973 Brooklyn Nets Atlantic Eastern June 12, 2013 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [6]
Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford* Charlotte Bobcats Southeast Eastern May 29, 2013 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [7]
Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau* January 17, 1958 Chicago Bulls Central Eastern June 23, 2010 230 157 73 .683 230 157 73 .683 [8][9]
Brown, MikeMike Brown March 5, 1970 Cleveland Cavaliers Central Eastern April 24, 2013 0 0 0 .000[d] 481 314 167 .653 [10][11]
Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle October 27, 1959 Dallas Mavericks Southwest Western May 9, 2008 394 239 155 .607 886 520 366 .587 [12][13]
Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw* March 22, 1966 Denver Nuggets Northwest Western June 25, 2013 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [14]
Loyer, JohnJohn Loyer Detroit Pistons Central Eastern February 9, 2014 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [15]
Jackson, MarkMark Jackson* April 1, 1965 Golden State Warriors Pacific Western June 6, 2011 148 70 78 .473 148 70 78 .473 [16][17]
McHale, KevinKevin McHale December 19, 1959 Houston Rockets Southwest Western June 1, 2011 148 79 69 .534 242 118 124 .488 [18][19]
Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel* June 21, 1973 Indiana Pacers Central Eastern January 30, 2011 185 111 74 .600 185 111 74 .600 [20][21]
Rivers, DocDoc Rivers October 13, 1961 Los Angeles Clippers Pacific Western June 25, 2013 0 0 0 .000 1,060 587 473 .554 [22][23]
D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni May 8, 1951 Los Angeles Lakers Pacific Western November 12, 2012 72 40 32 .556 799 428 371 .536 [24][25]
Joerger, DavidDavid Joerger* Memphis Grizzlies Southwest Western June 27, 2013 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [26]
Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra* November 1, 1970 Miami Heat Southeast Eastern April 28, 2008 394 260 134 .660 394 260 134 .660 [27][28]
Drew, LarryLarry Drew April 2, 1958 Milwaukee Bucks Central Eastern May 31, 2013 0 0 0 .000 230 128 102 .557 [29][30]
Adelman, RickRick Adelman June 16, 1946 Minnesota Timberwolves Northwest Western September 28, 2011 148 57 91 .385 1,709 1,002 707 .586 [31][32]
Williams, MontyMonty Williams* October 8, 1971 New Orleans Pelicans Southwest Western June 7, 2010 230 94 136 .409 230 94 136 .409 [33][34]
Woodson, MikeMike Woodson March 24, 1958 New York Knicks Atlantic Eastern March 14, 2012 106 72 34 .679 598 278 320 .465 [35][36]
Brooks, ScottScott Brooks* July 31, 1965 Oklahoma City Thunder Northwest Western November 22, 2008 381 234 147 .614 381 234 147 .614 [37][38]
Vaughn, JacqueJacque Vaughn* February 11, 1975 Orlando Magic Southeast Eastern July 28, 2012 82 20 62 .244 82 20 62 .244 [39][40]
Brown, BrettBrett Brown* Philadelphia 76ers Atlantic Eastern August 14, 2013 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [41]
Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek* May 3, 1963 Phoenix Suns Pacific Western May 28, 2013 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [42]
Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts November 25, 1957 Portland Trail Blazers Northwest Western August 7, 2012 82 33 49 .402 365 148 217 .405 [43][44]
Malone, MichaelMichael Malone* Sacramento Kings Pacific Western June 3, 2013 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [45]
Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich* January 28, 1949 San Antonio Spurs Southwest Western December 10, 1996 1,328 905 423 .681 1,328 905 423 .681 [46][47]
Casey, DwaneDwane Casey April 17, 1957 Toronto Raptors Atlantic Eastern June 21, 2011 148 57 91 .385 270 110 160 .407 [48][49]
Corbin, TyroneTyrone Corbin* December 31, 1962 Utah Jazz Northwest Western February 10, 2011 176 87 89 .494 176 87 89 .494 [50][51]
Wittman, RandyRandy Wittman October 28, 1959 Washington Wizards Southeast Eastern January 24, 2012 131 47 84 .359 438 147 291 .336 [52][53]

Recent coaching changes[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Team Departure date Outgoing head coach Reason for departure Hiring date Incoming head coach Last coaching position Ref.
Atlanta Hawks May 28, 2013 Drew, LarryLarry Drew Contract not renewed May 28, 2013 Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer San Antonio Spurs assistant coach (19962013) [4]
Boston Celtics June 25, 2013 Rivers, DocDoc Rivers Resigned;
hired by the Clippers[e]
July 3, 2013 Stevens, BradBrad Stevens Butler University head coach (20072013) [22][5]
Brooklyn Nets May 5, 2013 Carlesimo, P. J.P. J. Carlesimo (interim) Contract not renewed June 12, 2013 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd None[f] [54][6]
Charlotte Bobcats April 23, 2013 Dunlap, MikeMike Dunlap Fired May 29, 2013 Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach (2012–2013) [55][7]
Cleveland Cavaliers April 18, 2013 Scott, ByronByron Scott Fired April 24, 2013 Brown, MikeMike Brown Los Angeles Lakers head coach (20112012) [56][10]
Denver Nuggets June 6, 2013 Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl Fired June 25, 2013 Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw Indiana Pacers assistant coach (20112013) [57][14]
Detroit Pistons April 18, 2013 Frank, LawrenceLawrence Frank Fired June 10, 2013 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach (20092013) [58][59]
Los Angeles Clippers May 21, 2013 Del Negro, VinnyVinny Del Negro Contract not renewed June 25, 2013 Rivers, DocDoc Rivers Boston Celtics head coach (20042013) [60][22]
Memphis Grizzlies June 10, 2013 Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins Contract not renewed June 27, 2013 Joerger, DavidDavid Joerger Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach (20072013) [61][26]
Milwaukee Bucks May 1, 2013 Boylan, JimJim Boylan (interim) Contract not renewed May 31, 2013 Drew, LarryLarry Drew Atlanta Hawks head coach (20102013) [62][29]
Philadelphia 76ers April 18, 2013 Collins, DougDoug Collins Resigned August 14, 2013 Brown, BrettBrett Brown San Antonio Spurs assistant coach (20072013) [63][41]
Phoenix Suns May 28, 2013 Hunter, LindseyLindsey Hunter (interim) Contract not renewed May 28, 2013 Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek Utah Jazz assistant coach (20112013) [42]
Sacramento Kings May 31, 2013 Smart, KeithKeith Smart Contract not renewed June 3, 2013 Malone, MichaelMichael Malone Golden State Warriors assistant coach (20112013) [64][45]

2013–14 season[edit]

Team Departure date Outgoing head coach Reason for departure Hiring date Incoming head coach Last coaching position Ref.
Detroit Pistons February 9, 2014 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks Fired February 9, 2014 Loyer, JohnJohn Loyer (interim) Detroit Pistons assistant coach (20112014) [15]

Notes[edit]

  • a Start date of current term at the team; each date is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.
  • b Coaching records from the current term with the team; coaching records from previous term with the team are not included.
  • c Career coaching records in the NBA; records in the American Basketball Association (ABA) are not included.
  • d Current record does not include a 272–138 record Brown compiled with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010.
  • e Doc Rivers still had three years left on his contract with the Celtics when he was hired by the Clippers.[65] The Celtics agreed to release him from his contract in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft as compensation.[22]
  • f Jason Kidd had no previous coaching experience as he had just retired from playing at the end of the 2012–13 season.[66]

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