List of Charlotte Hornets head coaches

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The Hornets has been playing their home games in the Time Warner Cable Arena since 2005.
Steve Clifford is the Hornets current head coach

The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] The Hornets began playing in 1988 as an expansion team, before relocating to New Orleans in 2002 and renaming themselves as the Pelicans in 2013. Charlotte was then awarded a new expansion team named the Bobcats in 2004, which reassumed the Hornets name in 2014. In a deal with the NBA and Pelicans, the renamed Hornets also reclaimed the history and records of the original Hornets from 1988 to 2002, while all of the original Hornets' records from 2002 to 2013 will remain with the Pelicans.[2][3]

The Hornets franchise have played their home games at the Time Warner Cable Arena, formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, since 2005.[4] The Hornets are owned by Michael Jordan, and Rich Cho is their general manager.[5][6]

There have been 10 head coaches for the Hornets franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Dick Harter, who coached for two seasons. Allan Bristow is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (410), and the most regular-season game wins (207); Dave Cowens is the franchise's all-time leader for the highest winning percentage in the regular season (.609); Paul Silas is the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff games coached (23), and the most playoff-game wins (11). Harter, Bristow, Sam Vincent and Mike Dunlap have spent their entire NBA coaching careers with the Hornets franchise. Larry Brown is the only coach of the franchise to have been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[7] Currently, the head coach of the Hornets is Steve Clifford.

Key[edit]

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Hornets
dagger Elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches[edit]

Dave Cowens coached the Hornets for three seasons.

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2015–16 season.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
Charlotte Hornets
1 Harter, DickDick Harter* 19881990 122 28 94 .230 0 0 0 [8]
2 Littles, GeneGene Littles 19901991 124 37 87 .298 0 0 0 [9]
3 Bristow, AllanAllan Bristow* 19911996 410 207 203 .505 13 5 8 .385 [10]
4 Cowens, DaveDave Cowens 19961999 179 109 70 .609 12 4 8 .333 [11]
5 Silas, PaulPaul Silas[c] 19992002 281 161 120 .573 23 11 12 .478 [12]
Charlotte Bobcats
6 Bickerstaff, BernieBernie Bickerstaff 20042007 246 77 169 .313 0 0 0 [13]
7 Vincent, SamSam Vincent* 2007–2008 82 32 50 .390 0 0 0 [14]
8 Brown, LarryLarry Browndagger 20082010 192 88 104 .458 4 0 4 .000 [7]
Silas, PaulPaul Silas[c] 20102012 120 32 88 .267 0 0 0 [15]
9 Dunlap, MikeMike Dunlap* 20122013 82 21 61 .256 0 0 0 [16]
10 Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford* 2013–2014 82 43 39 .524 4 0 4 .000 [17]
Charlotte Hornets
Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford* 2014–present 164 81 83 .494 7 3 4 .429 [17]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Bobcats/Hornets. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.
  • c Paul Silas has a combined total of 424 regular season games coached, with a W–L record of 204–220, for a .481 winning percentage during his non-consecutive tenures in Charlotte.

Franchise leaders[edit]

All-time leaders – as of the end of the 2015–16 NBA season. Bold denotes active coach with the team.

Most Games Coached[edit]

  1. Allan Bristow – 410
  2. Paul Silas – 401
  3. Steve Clifford – 246
  4. Bernie Bickerstaff – 246
  5. Larry Brown – 192

Most Wins Coached[edit]

  1. Allan Bristow – 207
  2. Paul Silas – 193
  3. Steve Clifford – 124
  4. Dave Cowens – 109
  5. Larry Brown – 88

Best Winning %[edit]

  1. Dave Cowens – .609
  2. Allan Bristow – .505
  3. Steve Clifford – .504
  4. Paul Silas – .481
  5. Larry Brown – .458

Most Playoff Games Coached[edit]

  1. Paul Silas – 23
  2. Allan Bristow – 13
  3. Dave Cowens – 12
  4. Steve Clifford – 11
  5. Larry Brown – 4

Most Playoff Wins Coached[edit]

  1. Paul Silas – 11
  2. Allan Bristow – 5
  3. Dave Cowens – 4
  4. Steve Clifford – 3

Best Playoff Winning %[edit]

  1. Paul Silas – .478
  2. Allan Bristow – .385
  3. Dave Cowens – .333
  4. Steve Clifford – .273

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Team Index". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Twitter / Hornets: All the history of the Charlotte Hornets will return to Charlotte. Not only the Bobcats era '04-'14, but also the original Hornets 1988-2002". Twitter.com. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  3. ^ Hornets all the buzz in Charlotte. ESPN, 2014-05-20.
  4. ^ "Arena Information". Time Warner Cable Arena/Bobcats Sports & Entertainment. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Bobcats 2008-09 Executive Staff Bios". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Robert L. Johnson Adds Nelly To Bobcats Ownership Team". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Larry Brown Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Dick Harter Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Gene Littles Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Allan Bristow Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Dave Cowens Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Paul Silas Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Bernie Bickerstaff Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Sam Vincent Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Paul Silas Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Mike Dunlap Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Steve Clifford Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.