Jeff Van Gundy
Jeff Van Gundy (right) was the coach for the Rockets from 2003 to 2007.
January 19, 1962 |
|Listed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|High school||Brockport Central
(Brockport, New York)
|College||Menlo College (1981–1982)
Nazareth College (1983–1985)
|1985–1986||McQuaid Jesuit HS|
|1989–1996||New York Knicks (assistant)|
|1996–2001||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jeffrey William "Jeff" Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962) is an American basketball coach and TV analyst. He is a color commentator for ESPN. He has previously been the head coach of the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association.
Van Gundy was born in Hemet, California. He grew up in the town of Martinez, California. He is the son of a basketball coach, Bill Van Gundy, the former head coach at Brockport State University and at Genesee Community College. Jeff's older brother, Stan, later became head coach of the NBA's Miami Heat and Orlando Magic and is currently the Head Coach and Director of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons.
As a high-school point guard, he was a two-time All Greater Rochester selection in 1979 and 1980, leading Brockport Central to the Class AA finals. He continued his career at Nazareth College where he earned All American honors while leading the Golden Flyers to an NCAA Division III Tournament berth in 1984. He remains the Nazareth career leader in free throw percentage at 86.8%.
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Van Gundy began his basketball coaching career during the 1985-86 season at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York. The following year he became a graduate assistant under Rick Pitino at Providence College, helping the Providence Friars advance to the Final Four. In his second season with the Friars he was promoted to assistant coach under Gordon Chiesa. The next season, Van Gundy became an assistant coach under Bob Wenzel at Rutgers.
New York Knicks
On July 28, 1989, Van Gundy became assistant coach for the New York Knicks. The next six-and-a-half seasons were spent providing support to Knicks coaches Stu Jackson (1989–1990), John MacLeod (1990–1991), Pat Riley (1991–1995) and Don Nelson (1995–1996). During his tenure as an assistant coach the Knicks won three Atlantic Division titles, never finished lower than third in the division, and qualified for the playoffs every year. The Knicks advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1993 and the NBA Finals versus the Houston Rockets in 1994.
He was the head coach of the New York Knicks from March 8, 1996 until his resignation on December 8, 2001. He led the team to the playoffs six times, including their Cinderella run to the 1999 NBA Finals. Van Gundy created a memorable scene in the 1998 NBA Playoffs series between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. When the Heat's 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), 240 lb (110 kg) center Alonzo Mourning and the Knicks' 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), 250 lb (110 kg) forward Larry Johnson engaged in a bench-clearing brawl, Van Gundy unsuccessfully tried to break the fight up. Most memorably, the 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), 150 lb (68 kg) Van Gundy fell to the floor and clung to Mourning's leg.
Van Gundy was hired as head coach of the Houston Rockets in 2003. In May 2005, Van Gundy was fined $100,000 by the NBA for accusing referees of targeting Houston Rockets center Yao Ming. Van Gundy blamed Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for causing the referees' alleged bias. This is the largest fine handed down to a coach in NBA history. On May 18, 2007, he was fired from that position after the team's game seven, first-round playoff loss to the Utah Jazz.
Following his firing from the Rockets in 2007, Van Gundy was a guest analyst for ESPN's broadcast of the Phoenix Suns-San Antonio Spurs game in San Antonio, Texas and has since been a broadcaster for ESPN. He now calls many basketball games as a color commentator with play-by-play announcer Mike Breen and Mark Jackson, including the NBA Finals.
Life outside basketball
Jeff Van Gundy is an executive board member of Pro-Vision, a Houston charter school and non-profit organization in Houston that provides educational, job-training, and mentoring services to boys and girls aged 10–18.
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 %|
|New York||1995–96||23||13||10||.565||2nd in Atlantic||8||4||4||.500||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|New York||1996–97||82||57||25||.695||2nd in Atlantic||10||6||4||.600||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|New York||1997–98||82||43||39||.524||2nd in Atlantic||10||4||6||.400||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|New York||1998–99||50||27||23||.540||4th in Atlantic||20||12||8||.600||Lost in NBA Finals|
|New York||1999–00||82||50||32||.610||2nd in Atlantic||16||9||7||.563||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|New York||2000–01||82||48||34||.585||3rd in Atlantic||5||2||3||.400||Lost in First Round|
|Houston||2003–04||82||45||37||.540||5th in Midwest||5||1||4||.200||Lost in First Round|
|Houston||2004–05||82||51||31||.622||3rd in Southwest||7||3||4||.429||Lost in First Round|
|Houston||2005–06||82||34||48||.415||5th in Southwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Houston||2006–07||82||52||30||.634||3rd in Southwest||7||3||4||.429||Lost in First Round|
- Coaching Van Gundy brothers honor their proud father, usatoday.com; accessed January 4, 2016.
- "Hoop Dream : a Q & A with Jeff Van Gundy". Nazareth College. Nazareth College.
- Jeff Van Gundy profile, NBA.com; accessed January 4, 2016.
- Alonzo Mourning stats
- Larry Johnson stats
- Jeff Van Gundy stats
- "In Aftermath of Fight, Van Gundy Becomes the Little Big Coach", nytimes.com, May 3, 1998.
- Van Gundy hit by Marcus Camby, abcnews.go.com; accessed January 4, 2016.
- "Van Gundy Runs Afoul of League and Pays a Price", nytimes.com, May 3, 2005; accessed January 4, 2016.
- "Van Gundy fired by Rockets after four seasons", espn.go.com; accessed April 20, 2016.
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