Terry Stotts enters his third season as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2014-15. A 20-year coaching veteran, Portland introduced Stotts as the franchise’s 14th head coach on August 7, 2012.
Stotts led the Trail Blazers to a 54-win season in 2013-14, marking the largest improvement in franchise history and the sixth-best record all-time. Portland won its first playoff series in 14 seasons, defeating the Houston Rockets in six games and setting up a Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. The postseason berth was the team’s first since 2010-11.
Named the NBA’s Western Conference Coach of the Month for November of 2013 after getting the Trail Blazers off to a 13-3 start, Stotts, 56, has molded Portland into one of the top offensive teams in the NBA, ranking among league leaders in scoring (fourth), free throw pct. (first), 3-point pct. (10th), rebounds (first), assists (ninth) and turnovers (fifth) for 2013-14. The Trail Blazers’ 106.7-point scoring average last season stands as the highest in 20 years (1993-94, 107.3 ppg).
Stotts has compiled an 87-77 (.530) record in two seasons at the helm in Portland, and has a 202-245 (.452) NBA overall coaching record.
Prior to coming to Portland, Stotts served as an assistant coach with Dallas for four seasons from 2008-12. Under head coach Rick Carlisle, he helped lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship, playoff berths in each of his four seasons and a 198-114 (.635) overall record.
Stotts has twice before served as an NBA head coach, with two-year stints in both Milwaukee (2005-07) and Atlanta (2002-04). He has compiled an overall head coaching record of 148-217 (.405). During his two seasons with Milwaukee, Stotts guided the Bucks to a 63-83 (.432) mark, including a playoff appearance in 2006. Stotts replaced Lon Kruger as head coach of the Hawks on Dec. 26, 2002, and accumulated a record of 52-85 (.380) in two seasons with Atlanta.
In between head coaching positions, Stotts worked as the lead assistant to Mike Montgomery at Golden State during the 2004-05 season. Stotts took a sabbatical year in 2007-08, when he served as an NBA Development League coaches consultant, took a 19-day trip to Europe to spend time with top European coaches, attended games and practices at all levels and participated in a number of clinics and camps.
Before becoming a head coach, Stotts served as an assistant under George Karl for 10 years, six with Seattle and four with Milwaukee. Those teams finished each season with a .500 record or better and reached the postseason in nine of 10 seasons. While in Seattle, the Sonics posted a 357-135 (.726) record, captured four Pacific Division titles, reached the Western Conference Finals twice and appeared in the 1996 NBA Finals. In four seasons as lead assistant in Milwaukee, Stotts helped the Bucks amass a 163-133 (.551) mark, highlighted by a Central Division Championship and a berth in the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals.
Stotts was selected by Houston in the second round of the 1980 NBA Draft, and played professionally in Italy and then with the CBA’s Montana Golden Nuggets, coached by Karl. He returned to Europe in 1983, playing in Spain and France before joining Karl’s coaching staff with the CBA’s Albany Patroons in 1990-91. During his first year on a professional coaching staff, he helped lead the Patroons to an all-time CBA-best 50-6 record. Stotts was an assistant coach for the CBA’s Fort Wayne Fury for one season before joining the Sonics as a scout.
A four-year starter at the University of Oklahoma, Stotts earned All Big Eight honors as a senior and was named Academic All-America in each of his final two collegiate seasons. He was named Oklahoma’s outstanding senior student-athlete and was one of three individuals chosen nationally to receive an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. He earned a BS in Zoology and, in 1988, earned an MBA from his alma mater.
A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Stotts grew up in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Guam and finished high school in Bloomington, Indiana. Stotts is married to his wife, Jan.