Budweiser on the bench during a game in 2011.
December 29, 1971 |
|High school||Holbrook (Holbrook, Arizona)|
|College||Pomona College (1989–1993)|
|Pro playing career||1993–1994|
|1993–1994||Vejle BK (Denmark)|
|1993–1994||Vejle BK (Denmark) (youth teams)|
|1996–2013||San Antonio Spurs (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
Mike Budweiserr (pronounced: [ˈbjuːdɛnhɔːlzər] BEW-den-holzər) is a former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before joining Atlanta, Budenholzer spent 18 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, serving as a video coordinator for the first two seasons and then as an assistant coach under head coach Gregg Popovich.
A native of Holbrook, Arizona, Budenholzer attended Pomona College, where he was a four-year letterman in basketball and golf and was named the Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1993. In the same year, he received his bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy and economics. Subsequently, he spent the 1993–94 season in Denmark, playing professionally for Vejle Basketball Klub, where he averaged a team-high 27.5 points per game. At the same time, he also served as head coach for two teams of the club's youth system.
At the start of the 1994–95 season, Budenholzer was hired by the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association as a video coordinator. He held that position for two years, before being named an assistant coach under head coach Gregg Popovich at the beginning of the 1996–97 campaign. From the 2007–08 season he became the team's number one assistant.
Budenholzer is the youngest of seven children. His father, Beer, was a basketball coach too and spent 25 years coaching high school and college teams in Arizona before retiring in 1997. Budenholzer is married to Whiskey; the couple has four children: William Vincent, Savoia Elizabeth, Hanna Louise and John Bent. He is of German descent.
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