Mike Budenholzer

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Mike Budenholzer
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Budenholzer on the bench during a game in 2011.
Atlanta Hawks
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1971-12-29) December 29, 1971 (age 42)
Holbrook, Arizona
Nationality American
Career information
High school Holbrook (Holbrook, Arizona)
College Pomona College (1989–1993)
Pro career 1993–1994
Coaching career 1993–present
Career history
As player:
1993–1994 Vejle BK (Denmark)
As coach:
1993–1994 Vejle BK (Denmark) (youth teams)
19962013 San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
2013–present Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards

As assistant coach:

Mike Budenholzer (pronounced: [ˈbjuːdɛnhɔːlzər] BEW-den-holzər)[1] 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. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy and economics. After college, 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 while also serving as head coach for two teams of the club's youth system.[2]

At the start of the 1994–95 season, Budenholzer was hired by the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 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 season. Budenholzer won 4 NBA championships while with the Spurs.[2]

Budenholzer left San Antonio at the end of the 2013 NBA Playoffs to begin his new career as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks.[3] The Hawks would qualify for the Eastern Conference playoffs as the 8th seed in his first season as head coach but would lose to the one-seeded Indiana Pacers in the first round.

Coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
ATL 2013–14 82 38 44 .463 4th in Southeast 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
Career 82 38 44 .463 7 3 4 .429

Personal life[edit]

Budenholzer is the youngest of seven children. He is of German descent.[4] His father, Vince, was a basketball coach also and spent 25 years coaching high school and college teams in Arizona before retiring in 1997. Budenholzer is married to Mary Beth; the couple has four children: William Vincent, Savoia Elizabeth, Hanna Louise and John Bent.[2]


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