James Borrego

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James Borrego
Charlotte Hornets
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Born (1977-11-12) November 12, 1977 (age 41)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Career information
High schoolAlbuquerque Academy
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)
CollegeSan Diego (1998–2001)
Coaching career2001–present
Career history
As coach:
2001–2003San Diego (assistant)
20032010San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
20102012New Orleans Hornets (assistant)
20122015Orlando Magic (assistant)
2015Orlando Magic (interim)
20152018San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
2018–presentCharlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
As assistant coach:

James Borrego (born November 12, 1977)[1] is an American basketball coach who is the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Playing career[edit]

Borrego played three seasons with the San Diego Toreros, and during his senior season (2000–01), was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Borrego began his coaching career with his alma mater, University of San Diego, as an assistant from 2001 to 2003. During his tenure, San Diego captured the West Coast Conference Championship and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament in the 2002–2003 season.[2]

After his coaching stay with the Toreros, Borrego began in 2003 his career in professional basketball with the San Antonio Spurs, starting as an assistant video coordinator in the summer of 2003 and being promoted to assistant coach afterwards. He spent seven seasons with the Spurs, being part of two NBA championship teams in 2005 and 2007 before leaving the team to join former Spurs' assistant Monty Williams when he took the head coach job with the New Orleans Hornets from 2010 until 2012.[2]

Afterwards, he joined Jacque Vaughn as the lead assistant for the Orlando Magic.[2] He took over the Magic when Vaughn was fired on February 5, 2015.[3] On February 6, he made his coaching debut against the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 103–97 in overtime.[4] On February 17, he became the coach of the team for the rest of the season.[5]

On June 17, 2015, he returned with the Spurs as an assistant coach for Gregg Popovich.[6]

On May 10, 2018, the Charlotte Hornets named Borrego as their new head coach,[7] signing a four-year deal with the team.[8] This signing led Borrego to become the first Latino head coach in the NBA's 72-year history.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Borrego led Albuquerque Academy to a pair of state championships. In 2001, he earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in leadership studies from University of San Diego. Currently, he and his wife, Megan, have a daughter and two sons.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs 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
Orlando 2014–15 30 10 20 .333 5th in Southeast Missed playoffs
Charlotte 2018–19 82 39 43 .476 2nd in Southeast Missed playoffs
Career 112 49 63 .438


  1. ^ Fox Sports: James Borrego
  2. ^ a b c d e James Borrego profile
  3. ^ Magic Relieve Jacque Vaughn of Head Coaching Duties; Name James Borrego as Interim Head Coach
  4. ^ James Borrego exhausted, but pleased after winning Orlando Magic debut
  5. ^ Borrego to Coach Magic for Remainder of Season; Kokoskov Hired as Assistant Coach
  6. ^ Spurs Name James Borrego Assistant Coach
  7. ^ "Hornets Name James Borrego Head Coach". NBA.com. May 10, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (May 10, 2018). "Hornets hire James Borrego as head coach; 4-year deal, sources say". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "A Sense of Pride: The NBA's First Latino Coach Draws Strength From His Heritage". SI.com. September 27, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.