Gordon Chiesa

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Gordon Chiesa is American basketball coach, known as the assistant coach for the Utah Jazz for 16 seasons from 1989-90 to 2004-05.

Early life[edit]

Gordon Chiesa is a native of Union City, New Jersey.[1][2]

As a college student, Chiesa played point guard and left St. Thomas Aquinas as the school's all-time leader in career assists (448) and assists average (8.1 apg). He led the Spartans to a 21-6 record and a postseason bid his senior year.[citation needed]


Chiesa's career began as the athletic director and head basketball coach at his alma mater of St. Thomas Aquinas in Sparkill, N.Y. At St. Thomas Aquinas, he guided the Spartans to three 20-win seasons and several postseason tournaments.[citation needed]

Following his tenure at St. Thomas Aquinas, Chiesa served as an assistant coach at Dartmouth from 1979-81. He then accepted the head coaching position at Manhattan College, where he coached from 1981–85 and was named the Metro Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1983. Chiesa joined Rick Pitino's staff at Providence as an assistant coach from 1985–87, before becoming head coach for the 1987-88 season.[citation needed]

He joined the Orlando Magic on August 30, 2012 as special consultant to the head coach.[3] He previously served as a consultant for the NBA Development League for the previous two seasons (2010–12). During his coaching career, Chiesa served as an assistant coach for two Hall of Fame coaches - Jerry Sloan and Rick Pitino.

Chiesa was an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz, for 16 seasons from 1989-90 to 2004-05. During his tenure, he helped guide Utah to a pair of Western Conference crowns, three Midwest Division championships, a regular season record of 809-471 (.632) and 14 consecutive postseason appearances, including 149 playoff games. Chiesa has also been an assistant coach with New Jersey, Seattle and Memphis, and was the Grizzlies’ director of pro scouting.[citation needed]

Chiesa is one of a select few assistant coaches to serve in both the NBA Finals (1997 and 1998) and the NCAA Final Four (1987).[citation needed]

Chiesa was inducted into the Hudson County, New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame in January 2001 for his achievements as a college and professional basketball coach. He was also inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2009.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Chiesa and his wife, Nancy, have two sons, Matthew and Craig.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Gordon Chiesa". NBA.com. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Garcia, Julian (November 1, 2005). "PLANINIC WILL STAY EXTRA YEAR IN N.J.". Daily News (New York).
  3. ^ "Magic complete coaching staff". OrlandoMagic.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012.