Steve Clifford was named head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats on May 29, 2013, becoming the sixth head coach in franchise history. Clifford brings 28 years of coaching experience at the NBA and collegiate level to Charlotte, including spending the previous 13 seasons as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers.
Clifford joins the Bobcats after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach for the Lakers, first under Mike Brown and then under Mike D’Antoni. Prior to the Lakers, Clifford spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the Magic from 2007-12. As a member of Stan Van Gundy’s staff, he helped the Magic to a 259-135 record (.657) and five straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2009 NBA Finals. The team won 50 games or more in four straight seasons from 2007-11, winning three consecutive Southeast Division titles (2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10).
Before going to Orlando, Clifford spent four seasons as an assistant coach under Jeff Van Gundy with the Rockets from 2003-07. He began his NBA career with the Knicks, serving as the team’s advance scout in 2000-01 before moving to the bench as an assistant coach from 2001-03.
Prior to the NBA, Clifford spent 15 years coaching at the collegiate level, including four years as head coach at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Clifford posted a record of 86-36 (.705) at Adelphi, leading the school to four straight 20-win seasons and four straight appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament. His winning percentage remains the second best of the 12 head coaches in the program’s 65-year history.
Clifford began his college coaching career at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, where he spent four seasons as an assistant coach. He then served as an assistant coach for one year at Fairfield University, four seasons at Boston University and one season at Siena University before becoming the head coach at Adelphi from 1995-99. Clifford also spent one season as an assistant coach at East Carolina University in 1999-2000 before moving to the NBA.
Clifford’s first coaching experience came at Woodland High School in Maine, where he coached for two seasons after graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in special education. He played four years for the Beavers, being named Best Defensive Player in his final two seasons while serving as team captain.
Associate Head Coach
A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, Patrick Ewing is in his first season with the Bobcats as Associate Head Coach. Ewing brings nine years of experience as an NBA assistant coach to Charlotte, having previously served as an assistant with the Washington Wizards (2002-03), Houston Rockets (2003-06) and Orlando Magic (2007-12). Ewing worked alongside Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford in both Houston and Orlando. As assistant coaches on Stan Van Gundy’s staff, they helped the Magic to a 259-135 record (.657) and five straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2009 NBA Finals.
The first overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, Ewing played in 1,183 games during a 17-year career that included 15 seasons with the New York Knicks and one season each with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic. He averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots and 1.9 assists in 34.3 minutes. Ewing also appeared in 139 playoff contests, averaging 20.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 2.0 assists in 37.5 minutes. In 1996, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
After being named 1985-86 NBA Rookie of the Year, Ewing went on to play in 11 NBA All-Star Games, including 10 consecutive appearances from 1988 through 1997. He was named First Team All-NBA in 1989-90 and Second Team All-NBA six times (1987-88, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1996-97). Ewing also earned NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors three times (1987-88, 1988-89 and 1996-97) and captured two Olympic gold medals as a member of the U.S. men’s national team (1984, 1992).
Ewing enters the 2013-14 season ranked sixth in NBA history in career blocked shots (2,894), ninth in defensive rebounds (8,855) and 18th in scoring (24,815). He also ranks among the NBA’s career leaders in field goals (9,702, 13th), field goal attempts (19,241, 16th), free throws (5,392, 23rd), free throw attempts (7,289, 23rd), total rebounds (11,606, 24th), minutes played (40,594, 24th), offensive rebounds (2,751, 32nd) and games played (1,183, T-34th).
Prior to the NBA, Ewing played four seasons at Georgetown University, where the Hoyas amassed a 121-23 record and reached the finals of the NCAA Tournament three times, winning the 1984 National Championship. He was named First Team AP All-America in each of his last three seasons and earned AP and Naismith Player of the Year honors as a senior in 1984-85.
Ewing is the proud father of five children.
Bob Beyer is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Bobcats, bringing over 27 years of coaching experience at the NBA and collegiate levels to Charlotte.
In 2012-13, Beyer served as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, helping the team to the Western Conference Semifinals in its first playoff appearance since 2006-07. Prior to that, he spent five seasons alongside Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford and Associate Head Coach Patrick Ewing as assistant coaches with the Orlando Magic from 2007-12. During their tenure on Stan Van Gundy’s staff, the Magic compiled a 259-135 record (.657), winning at least 50 games in four consecutive seasons from 2007-11. The team earned three straight Southeast Division titles and went to the playoffs in each of their five seasons, winning the 2009 Eastern Conference Championship en route to a berth in the NBA Finals.
Beyer initially entered the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, where he served as an assistant coach in 2003-04 and as the team’s advance scout in 2004-05. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Tech University under the legendary Bob Knight from 2001-03. Beyer also served as head coach at Siena College from 1994-97. His college coaching experience also includes stints as an assistant coach at the University of Albany (1985-89), Siena (1989-93), the University of Wisconsin (1994-97), Northwestern University (1997-2000) and the University of Dayton (2005-07).
Beyer graduated from Alfred University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in history and minors in coaching, writing and secondary education. He earned his master’s degree in curriculum planning and development while coaching at Albany.
Currently in his 13th season as an NBA assistant coach and fourth with the Bobcats, Stephen Silas joined the team’s coaching staff on December 26, 2010. Silas came to Charlotte after spending the previous four and a half seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. Prior to joining the Warriors, Silas served as an advance scout for the Washington Wizards during the 2005-06 season.
In addition to a season and a half with the Bobcats (2010-12), Silas also spent five seasons as an assistant coach under his father, Paul Silas, with the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (2000-03) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-05). At the time of his hiring as an assistant with the Hornets on June 5, 2000, he was the youngest assistant in the NBA at the age of 27. Silas originally joined the Hornets in the summer of 1999 as an advance and college scout, scouting nearly 200 NBA and college games in that role.
Silas has also served as a Summer League head coach for the Hornets (2002), Cavaliers (2003) and Warriors (2010). In addition to his work with NBA teams, Silas coached at the 2003 and 2007 NBA Pre-Draft camps and the 2011 adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy. Internationally, Silas has worked at camps and clinics across the globe to help promote the game of basketball and the NBA in locations including Germany, South Africa and South Korea.
The Boston native graduated from Brown University in 1996, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and management and played four seasons for the Bears basketball team. Upon graduation, Silas spent three years as the assistant executive director of the National Basketball Retired Players Association in Providence, Rhode Island.
Silas and his wife, Keryl, were married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kyler Elyse and Kaelyn.
Bob Weiss is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Bobcats. He brings 32 years of coaching experience to Charlotte, including 29 at the NBA level.
Weiss, who spent last season as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks, has been a head coach on four occasions, compiling a 223-299 career record (.427) with the San Antonio Spurs (1986-88), Atlanta Hawks (1990-93), Los Angeles Clippers (1993-94) and Seattle SuperSonics (2005-06). Along with last season in Atlanta, his tenure as an assistant coach includes stops with the San Diego Clippers (1977-80), Dallas Mavericks (1980-86), Orlando Magic (1989-90) and SuperSonics (1994-2005).
In 2008, Weiss became the first former NBA head coach to be a head coach in China, where he spent two seasons leading the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons (2008-10) and one season with the Shandong Lions (2010-11). His experiences were chronicled in the book, “Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach and Two Cultures Clashing,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jim Yardley.
Prior to coaching, Weiss played 12 seasons in the NBA. The 22nd overall pick in the 1965 NBA Draft, he averaged 7.6 points, 3.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 783 career games for the Philadelphia 76ers, Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Buffalo Braves and Washington Bullets. Weiss also saw action in 53 playoff games, including winning the 1967 NBA Championship with the 76ers.
Weiss earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Penn State, where he was named Honorable Mention AP All-America as a senior in 1965. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children, Stuart and Grace. He also has two older daughters, Jessica and Angela.
Four-time NBA All-Star Mark Price is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Bobcats. He brings five years of NBA coaching experience, having previously served as a player development coach for the Orlando Magic in 2011-12 and a shooting coach for the Memphis Grizzlies (2007-08), Atlanta Hawks (2008-10) and Golden State Warriors (20 10-11). In Orlando, the 12-year NBA veteran worked alongside Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford on the coaching staff of Stan Van Gundy.
One of the greatest shooters in NBA history, Price enters the 2013-14 season ranked second among the league’s career leaders in free throw percentage (.904) and 29th in three-point percentage (.402). He is also the NBA’s all-time leader in playoff free throw percentage (.944). Price led the league in free throw percentage three times during his career and ranked in the top 10 in four additional seasons. He shot better than .900 from the line in seven of his 12 seasons.
The 25th overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft, Price appeared in 772 regular season games for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Bullets, Warriors and Magic, averaging 15.2 points, 6.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 29.9 minutes. Price, who played nine seasons with the Cavaliers and remains the team’s all-time leader in assists (4,206), was named First Team All-NBA in 1992-93 and Third Team All-NBA three times (1988-89, 1991-92 and 1993-94). He played in the NBA All-Star Game in each of those four seasons as well, also winning the NBA’s three-point shootout in both 1993 and 1994.
Price played collegiately at Georgia Tech, where he is one of four players ever to be named either First or Second Team All-ACC in each of his four seasons. He also earned Second Team AP All-American honors in 1984-85 and Third Team AP All-American honors in 1985-86.
Price and his wife, Laura, have four children, Brittany, Caroline, Hudson and Josh.