College - Bellarmine
John MacLeod, who owns more than 20 years of NBA coaching experience, enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors in 2005-06.
MacLeod arrives in Oakland with a wealth of basketball coaching experience as both a head coach and as an assistant, having begun his NBA coaching career as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns in 1973. In 18 seasons as an NBA head coach, MacLeod posted a 707-657 (.518) record, which places him 15th on the all-time NBA coaching win list heading into the 2005-06 campaign.
Prior to joining the Warriors, MacLeod served as associate head coach for the Denver Nuggets during the 2003-04 season, when he helped guide the Nuggets to one of the biggest turnarounds in NBA history; Denver won 26 more games than the previous season and ended an eight-year playoff drought. MacLeod had originally joined the Nuggets staff as a basketball consultant in September of 2001 and moved to the bench as one of Denver’s assistant coaches in December of that same year. Before joining the Nuggets, he served as a special assistant coach for Phoenix from 1999-01.
From 1991-99, MacLeod was head coach at the University of Notre Dame. Four of his players, LaPhonso Ellis, Monty Williams, Pat Garrity and Troy Murphy, went on to become first round draft picks in the NBA. At Notre Dame, MacLeod compiled a record of 112-126 (.471) and earned Big East coach of the year honors in 1996-97. He led the Irish to two postseason appearances, including a trip to the NIT Finals in 1991-92.
Prior to his term with Notre Dame, MacLeod was called on by the New York Knicks to replace Stu Jackson as head coach 15 games into the 1990-91 season. He then guided the Knicks to a 32-35 record and a playoff berth. In New York, one of MacLeod’s players was Vandeweghe.
MacLeod coached the Dallas Mavericks from 1987-89, where he posted a 96-79 (.549) record. In ’87-88, he led the Mavs to a 53-29 record and an appearance in the Western Conference Finals, where they lost in seven games to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
MacLeod became the fifth head coach in Phoenix Suns history in 1973 and guided the club until 1987. With the Suns, he posted a 579-543 (.516) record, led them to the postseason nine times and remains the franchise’s all-time winningest coach. In 1976, he led the Suns to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics in six games. Two other times (1979 and ’84) he led the Suns to the Western Conference Finals, falling in seven and six games respectively.
From 1967-73, MacLeod served as head coach at the University of Oklahoma and compiled a 90-69 (.566) record. He led the Sooners to back-to-back NIT appearances in 1969-70 and ’70-71.
MacLeod has been coaching sine 1959, when he was an assistant coach at DeSales High School in Kentucky. From there he was head coach at Smithville High School in Indiana before serving assistant positions at Cathedral High School in Indiana and at Oklahoma.
A native of Clarksville, Ind., MacLeod graduated from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky.