There have been five head coaches for the Pelicans. The franchise's first head coach was Paul Silas, who coached for one season. Byron Scott is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (419), the most regular-season game wins (203), the most playoff games coached (17), and the most playoff-game wins (8). Paul Silas has franchise record for the highest winning percentage in the regular season (.573). Jeff Bower is the only coach to have not reached the playoffs with the Pelicans. Scott is the only Pelicans coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, having won it in the 2007–08 season. Bower and Monty Williams have spent their entire NBA coaching careers with the Pelicans. No Pelicans head coach has been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. The Pelicans' current head coach is Monty Williams, who was appointed on June 7, 2010.
On May 31, 2015, the Pelicans hired Alvin Gentry as the franchise's 6th head coach.
Bryon Scott was the head coach of the Hornets from 2004 to 2009.
Monty Williams was head coach of the Hornets/Pelicans from 2010 to 2014.