List of current National Basketball Association head coaches

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Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs for more than 17 years.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a major professional basketball league in North America. The league was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).1 The league adopted its current name at the start of the 1949–1950 season when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL).2 The league consists of 30 teams, of which 29 are located in the United States and one in Canada. In the NBA, a head coach is the highest ranking coach of a coaching staff. The list includes the date of hiring and the performance record of each coach.

Gregg Popovich has served as the San Antonio Spurs head coach for more than 17 seasons, longer than any other current head coach. Popovich has also coached the most games (1,410), won the most games (967), and lost the most games (443) among active coaches with their current team. None of the other active coaches has served more than six seasons for his current team. None of the active head coaches have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.3

All active head coaches are American. Seventeen coaches have spent their entire head coaching careers with their current teams: Mike Budenholzer with the Atlanta Hawks, Brad Stevens with the Boston Celtics, Jason Kidd with the Brooklyn Nets, Steve Clifford with the Charlotte Bobcats, Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls, Brian Shaw with the Denver Nuggets, John Loyer with the Detroit Pistons, Mark Jackson with the Golden State Warriors, Frank Vogel with the Indiana Pacers, David Joerger with the Memphis Grizzlies, Erik Spoelstra with the Miami Heat, Monty Williams with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, Scott Brooks with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jacque Vaughn with the Orlando Magic, Brett Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers, Jeff Hornacek with the Phoenix Suns, Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs, and Michael Malone with the Sacramento Kings.

After the end of the 2012–13 season, thirteen new head coaches were appointed for the 2013–14 season. Nine of them, Brown, Budenholzer, Clifford, Hornacek, Joerger, Kidd, Malone, Shaw and Stevens, are on their first NBA head coaching job. During the 2013–14 season, the Detroit Pistons fired Maurice Cheeks and replaced him with first-time head coach John Loyer. At the end of the 2013–14 regular season, the New York Knicks and the Utah Jazz part ways with Mike Woodson and Tyrone Corbin respectively, while Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman announces his retirement after 23 seasons as head coach.

Key

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the current franchise
dagger Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013–14 regular season.

Head coach Team Division Conference Start date[a] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Ref.
Current[b] Career[c]
Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer* Atlanta Hawks Southeast Eastern May 28, 2013 82 38 42 .463 82 38 42 .463 45
Stevens, BradBrad Stevens* Boston Celtics Atlantic Eastern July 3, 2013 82 25 57 .305 82 25 57 .305 67
Kidd, JasonJason Kidd* Brooklyn Nets Atlantic Eastern June 12, 2013 82 44 38 .537 82 44 38 .537 89
Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford* Charlotte Bobcats Southeast Eastern May 29, 2013 82 43 39 .524 82 43 39 .524 1011
Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau* Chicago Bulls Central Eastern June 23, 2010 312 205 107 .657 312 205 107 .657 1213
Brown, MikeMike Brown Cleveland Cavaliers Central Eastern April 24, 2013 82 33 49 .402[d] 563 347 216 .616 1415
Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle Dallas Mavericks Southwest Western May 9, 2008 476 288 188 .605 968 569 399 .588 1617
Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw* Denver Nuggets Northwest Western June 25, 2013 82 36 46 .439 82 36 46 .439 1819
Loyer, JohnJohn Loyer Detroit Pistons Central Eastern February 9, 2014 32 8 24 .250 32 8 24 .250 2021
Jackson, MarkMark Jackson* Golden State Warriors Pacific Western June 6, 2011 230 121 109 .526 230 121 109 .526 2223
McHale, KevinKevin McHale Houston Rockets Southwest Western June 1, 2011 230 133 97 .578 324 172 152 .531 2425
Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel* Indiana Pacers Central Eastern January 30, 2011 267 167 100 .625 267 167 100 .625 2627
Rivers, DocDoc Rivers Los Angeles Clippers Pacific Western June 25, 2013 82 57 25 .695 1,142 644 498 .564 2829
D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni Los Angeles Lakers Pacific Western November 12, 2012 154 67 87 .435 881 455 426 .516 3031
Joerger, DavidDavid Joerger* Memphis Grizzlies Southwest Western June 27, 2013 82 50 32 .610 82 50 32 .610 3233
Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra* Miami Heat Southeast Eastern April 28, 2008 476 314 162 .660 476 314 162 .660 3435
Drew, LarryLarry Drew Milwaukee Bucks Central Eastern May 31, 2013 82 15 67 .183 312 143 169 .458 3637
Minnesota Timberwolves Northwest Western
Williams, MontyMonty Williams* New Orleans Pelicans Southwest Western June 7, 2010 312 128 184 .410 312 128 184 .410 3839
New York Knicks Atlantic Eastern
Brooks, ScottScott Brooks* Oklahoma City Thunder Northwest Western November 22, 2008 463 293 170 .633 463 293 170 .633 4041
Vaughn, JacqueJacque Vaughn* Orlando Magic Southeast Eastern July 28, 2012 164 43 121 .262 164 43 121 .262 4243
Brown, BrettBrett Brown* Philadelphia 76ers Atlantic Eastern August 14, 2013 82 19 63 .232 82 19 63 .232 4445
Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek* Phoenix Suns Pacific Western May 28, 2013 82 48 34 .585 82 48 34 .585 4647
Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts Portland Trail Blazers Northwest Western August 7, 2012 164 87 77 .530 447 202 245 .405 4849
Malone, MichaelMichael Malone* Sacramento Kings Pacific Western June 3, 2013 82 28 54 .341 82 28 54 .341 5051
Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich* San Antonio Spurs Southwest Western December 10, 1996 1,410 967 443 .686 1,410 967 443 .686 5253
Casey, DwaneDwane Casey Toronto Raptors Atlantic Eastern June 21, 2011 230 105 125 .457 352 158 194 .449 5455
Utah Jazz Northwest Western
Wittman, RandyRandy Wittman Washington Wizards Southeast Eastern January 24, 2012 213 91 122 .427 520 191 329 .367 5657

Recent coaching changes

Pre-season

Team Departure date Outgoing head coach Reason for departure Hiring date Incoming head coach Last coaching position Ref.
Atlanta Hawks May 28, 2013 Drew, LarryLarry Drew Contract not renewed May 28, 2013 Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer San Antonio Spurs assistant coach (19962013) 4
Boston Celtics June 25, 2013 Rivers, DocDoc Rivers Trade to the Clippers[e] July 3, 2013 Stevens, BradBrad Stevens Butler University head coach (20072013) 628
Brooklyn Nets May 5, 2013 Carlesimo, P. J.P. J. Carlesimo (interim) Contract not renewed June 12, 2013 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd None[f] 858
Charlotte Bobcats April 23, 2013 Dunlap, MikeMike Dunlap Fired May 29, 2013 Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach (2012–2013) 1059
Cleveland Cavaliers April 18, 2013 Scott, ByronByron Scott Fired April 24, 2013 Brown, MikeMike Brown Los Angeles Lakers head coach (20112012) 1460
Denver Nuggets June 6, 2013 Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl Fired June 25, 2013 Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw Indiana Pacers assistant coach (20112013) 1861
Detroit Pistons April 18, 2013 Frank, LawrenceLawrence Frank Fired June 10, 2013 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach (20092013) 6263
Los Angeles Clippers May 21, 2013 Del Negro, VinnyVinny Del Negro Contract not renewed June 25, 2013 Rivers, DocDoc Rivers Boston Celtics head coach (20042013) 2864
Memphis Grizzlies June 10, 2013 Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins Contract not renewed June 27, 2013 Joerger, DavidDavid Joerger Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach (20072013) 3265
Milwaukee Bucks May 1, 2013 Boylan, JimJim Boylan (interim) Contract not renewed May 31, 2013 Drew, LarryLarry Drew Atlanta Hawks head coach (20102013) 3666
Philadelphia 76ers April 18, 2013 Collins, DougDoug Collins Resigned August 14, 2013 Brown, BrettBrett Brown San Antonio Spurs assistant coach (20072013) 4467
Phoenix Suns May 28, 2013 Hunter, LindseyLindsey Hunter (interim) Contract not renewed May 28, 2013 Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek Utah Jazz assistant coach (20112013) 46
Sacramento Kings May 31, 2013 Smart, KeithKeith Smart Contract not renewed June 3, 2013 Malone, MichaelMichael Malone Golden State Warriors assistant coach (20112013) 5068

2013–14 season

Team Departure date Outgoing head coach Reason for departure Hiring date Incoming head coach Last coaching position Ref.
Detroit Pistons February 9, 2014 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks Fired February 9, 2014 Loyer, JohnJohn Loyer (interim) Detroit Pistons assistant coach (20112014) 20
Minnesota Timberwolves April 21, 2014 Adelman, RickRick Adelman Retired 69
New York Knicks April 21, 2014 Woodson, MikeMike Woodson Fired 70
Utah Jazz April 21, 2014 Corbin, TyroneTyrone Corbin Contract not renewed 71

Notes

  • a Start date of current term at the team; each date is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.
  • b Coaching records from the current term with the team; coaching records from previous term with the team are not included.
  • c Career coaching records in the NBA; records in the American Basketball Association (ABA) are not included.
  • d Current record does not include a 272–138 record Brown compiled with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010.
  • e Doc Rivers still had three years left on his contract with the Celtics when he was hired by the Clippers.72 The Celtics agreed to release him from his contract in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft as compensation.28
  • f Jason Kidd had no previous coaching experience as he had just retired from playing at the end of the 2012–13 season.73

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