Stan Van Gundy
Head coach of the Orlando Magic (2007–2012)
August 26, 1959 |
|Career highlights and awards|
Stanley A. "Stan" Van Gundy (born August 26, 1959) is a professional basketball coach, most recently serving as the head coach of the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic from 2007 to 2012. From 2003 to 2005, he was the head coach of the Miami Heat but resigned in 2005 mid-season, turning the job over to Pat Riley. He is the brother of former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy.
Playing career 
Van Gundy was a star guard at Alhambra High School. He played basketball for his father, Bill, at SUNY-Brockport, a Division III school, until he graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Physical Education. 
College coaching 
Van Gundy began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont, 1981–83, and was head coach at Castleton State College (VT) for three seasons. After serving as an assistant coach at Canisius College in 1987 and Fordham University in 1988, Van Gundy was named head coach at the University of Lowell. During his four-season tenure at the school, which saw the institution become the University of Massachusetts Lowell, he compiled a record of 54–60 and coached Leo Parent, whom Van Gundy called "the best Division 2 player in the nation."
Van Gundy then became an assistant at the University of Wisconsin under Stu Jackson.  When Jackson left after 2 years to become general manager of the expansion NBA Vancouver franchise, Van Gundy was promoted to replace him as head coach and given a 5-year contract. Coming off an 18–11 season with future NBA star Michael Finley back for his senior year and highly-touted recruits coming in, the team went into the season with high expectations, but ended with a disappointing 13–14 record (7–11 and ninth place in the Big 10). Van Gundy was fired at the end of the season and given a buyout for the 4 years remaining on his contract. Van Gundy blamed financial concerns at the school for his firing.  The team would go on to hire Dick Bennett from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay and he finished his first year with a 17–15 record and NIT appearance despite losing Finley and other key players.
Overall, Van Gundy compiled a record of 135–92 (.595) in eight years as a college head coach.
Miami Heat 
Van Gundy spent twelve years with the Heat organization, beginning as an Assistant Coach to Pat Riley in 1995.
After working as an assistant under coaching legend Pat Riley, Van Gundy was named head coach when Riley abruptly resigned as coach prior to the 2003–04 season. However, Riley remained on as President of the team. Van Gundy took over a team that had won 25 games the previous season. He led them to a 42-win season, in which they won a very high percentage of their late season games and surprised many by advancing to the second round of the 2004 NBA Playoffs, nearly defeating the team with the league's best record, the Indiana Pacers, due to the strong play of rookie Dwyane Wade.
During the off-season, Shaquille O'Neal demanded a trade and made Miami the only viable option for the Lakers to make a transaction with. Riley gave up Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and a future first-round draft choice, replacing three of the team's starters, including an Olympian and a future all star, with O'Neal. The Heat ended the first half of the season with the best record in the Eastern Conference, allowing Van Gundy to become the first Heat coach to coach in the All-Star Game, leading the East to a victory. The Heat finished the season with 59 wins, earning the best record in the conference.
The Heat went on to advance to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the Detroit Pistons. Injuries played a factor in their defeat, particularly a rib injury to leading scorer Wade during Game 5, which prevented him from playing Game 6 and severely hindered him in Game 7, both Piston wins. During the 2005 off-season, it was widely speculated (with no evidence) that Pat Riley was attempting to run Van Gundy out of his coaching job after Van Gundy had led the team to a position of dominance after Riley had abruptly abandoned it less than two years earlier. Whether or not these rumors were valid (and, indeed, Miami sportswriter Dan LeBatard has said Van Gundy resigned by choice and was not in fact forced out by Riley), Van Gundy indeed resigned from his position as head coach on December 12, 2005. Riley replaced him as head coach, and led Miami to its first championship that season.
Van Gundy had a winning percentage of .605 with the Heat (112–73).
Orlando Magic 
In May 2007, Van Gundy received an offer to replace the fired Rick Carlisle as head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Van Gundy turned down the offer, but began interviewing for other head coaching jobs. He was considered a lead candidate to become head coach of the Orlando Magic and also the Sacramento Kings. However, the Magic hired Billy Donovan. Shortly thereafter, Donovan decided he wanted to back out of the deal and return to the University of Florida. Finally on June 5, 2007, the Magic released Donovan and offered another contract to Van Gundy. ESPN SportsCenter reported that the Heat allowed Van Gundy to coach the Magic in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2007 and the right to swap first-round picks in 2008 or another 2008 second-round draft pick and cash.
In Van Gundy's first season with the Magic, he guided them to a 52-win season, earning the team's first division championship since the 1995–96 season, and the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. Orlando defeated the Toronto Raptors 4–1 in the first round of the playoffs, advancing to the Eastern Semifinals for the first time in twelve seasons. They were later defeated in the Eastern Semifinals by the Detroit Pistons 4–1.
More success was found in the 2008–09 season. The Magic won 59 games, second most in franchise history, along with a second consecutive division championship. After defeating the team with the league's best record that season, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Magic won the Eastern Conference Finals in six games, advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995 to face the Los Angeles Lakers, but lost the series in five games.
Also during the 2008–09 season, a bit of a feud developed between Van Gundy and Phoenix Suns center, and former Magic/Heat player, Shaquille O'Neal (the two were together when O'Neal played for the Heat and Van Gundy was his coach). After a game between the Suns and Magic, Van Gundy said O'Neal was flopping throughout the night. O'Neal fired back by calling Van Gundy "a master of panic," because Van Gundy was not successful in the playoffs per O'Neal. Despite everything, O'Neal was actually in attendance at Amway Arena on the night the Magic played Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
On January 31, 2010, Van Gundy was named the coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, making it the second time he had been given the honor to coach an all-star team. He led the Eastern Conference to victory for the second time.
Personal life 
Van Gundy grew up as a son of a basketball coach, Bill Van Gundy, the former head coach at Brockport State University in Western New York. His younger brother Jeff Van Gundy has coached two teams in the NBA as well. After Jeff became a member of the NBA on ABC's broadcast team, he was an analyst during the 2009 NBA Finals while Stan coached the Orlando Magic.
Head coaching record 
|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 %|
|MIA||2003–04||82||42||40||.512||2nd in Atlantic||13||6||7||.462||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|MIA||2004–05||82||59||23||.720||1st in Southeast||15||11||4||.733||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|ORL||2007–08||82||52||30||.634||1st in Southeast||10||5||5||.500||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|ORL||2008–09||82||59||23||.720||1st in Southeast||24||13||11||.542||Lost in NBA Finals|
|ORL||2009–10||82||59||23||.720||1st in Southeast||14||10||4||.714||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|ORL||2010–11||82||52||30||.634||2nd in Southeast||6||2||4||.333||Lost in First Round|
|ORL||2011–12||66||37||29||.561||3rd in Southeast||5||1||4||.200||Lost in First Round|
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- Stan Van Gundy. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
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- Van Gundy's First Season Proves To Be Last – Chicago Tribune. Articles.chicagotribune.com (1995-03-15). Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
- http://espn.go.com/espnradio/player?rd=1#/podcenter/?autoplay=1&callsign=ESPNRADIO&id=5367037 BS Report with Bill Simmons Podcast, 7/9/2010
- Reports: Donovan Almost Out, Van Gundy Almost In for Magic, NBA.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2007.
- Shaq rips Van Gundy for flop comment. Sports.espn.go.com (2009-03-05). Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
- Yo, Shaq, get out of our faces. Orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
- Van Gundy to Serve as East All-Star Coach. Nba.com (2010-01-31). Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
- Orlando Magic's Stan Van Gundy – Dwight Howard wants me fired. Espn.go.com (2012-04-06). Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
- Van Gundy Relieved of Duties; Smith and Magic Mutually Agree To Part Ways. Nba.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-16.