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Lawrence Frank was named the 28th coach in Detroit Pistons history on August 3, 2011. He joins the Pistons after spending last season as the lead assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. Under his defensive guidance, the Celtics led the NBA in fewest points allowed (91.1 ppg) and ranked third in opponent field goal percentage (.434). Offensively, the 2010-11 Celtics led the league in field goal percentage (.486) and finished tied for fourth in the NBA in assists per game (23.4).
Prior to his time in Boston, Frank served the better part of seven seasons as head coach of the New Jersey Nets (2003-04 to 2009-10). Overall, he amassed a regular season mark of 225-241 (.483) with New Jersey. He also led the Nets to four consecutive postseason appearances (2004-07) and holds an 18-20 (.474) record in the playoffs. Frank departed New Jersey as the franchise’s all-time leader in NBA coaching victories.
Frank’s career accolades include two Atlantic Division titles (2003-04 and 2005-06) and four NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month selections (Feb. 2004, Apr. 2005, Mar. 2006 and Apr. 2007). Under Frank’s direction, New Jersey advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2004, 2006 and 2007. His Nets teams also finished in the NBA’s top-10 in scoring defense on three occasions (fourth in 2003-04 at 87.8 ppg, sixth in 2004-05 at 92.9 ppg and sixth in 2005-06 at 92.4 ppg) and ranked among the league-leaders in assists twice (second in 2003-04 at 2,009 and fourth in 2005-06 at 1,884).
He began his NBA head coaching career in record-setting style by going 13-0 (1/27/04-2/24/04), setting the NBA mark for the most consecutive wins by a head coach to begin a career. At that time, the 13-game winning streak set the longest run of any coach in any of the four major professional sports to begin a career. During this streak, the Nets captured six consecutive road games to give Frank the mark for most wins by a head coach on the road at the outset of a coaching career.
Frank became the all-time leader in NBA coaching victories for the Nets in 2006-07 and closed that season with a 7-2 mark, earning him NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month recognition for April 2007. During the 2005-06 campaign, the Nets tied a franchise record by winning 14 straight games (3/12/06-4/6/06). Frank was once again voted Coach of the Month for March 2006.
Officially appointed head coach on June 21, 2004, Frank’s 2004-05 Nets squad finished the season winning 14 of its last 18 games to secure New Jersey’s fourth consecutive playoff appearance. The team’s season-ending performance included an 8-2 mark during the month of Apr. 2005, which garnered Frank his second career Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honor.
Frank was named interim head coach of New Jersey on Jan. 26, 2004. He went on to lead the Nets to an 11-2 record during the first full month of his coaching regime, earning him Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for Feb. 2004. The 11-2 (.846) mark also established a Nets franchise record for winning percentage in a month. Frank had spent threeand-a-half seasons as an assistant coach for the Nets before taking over for Byron Scott midway through the 2003-04 season.
Prior to joining New Jersey, Frank spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Vancouver Grizzlies under current Pistons assistant coach Brian Hill. Before moving into the NBA, Frank served as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee for three seasons under Kevin O’Neill, a former Pistons assistant. Frank first worked with O’Neill as a staff assistant at Marquette University in 1992, helping lead the Warriors to two NCAA Tournament berths and a Sweet 16 appearance in 1994.
Frank earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University in 1992, where he spent four seasons as a student manager for the Hoosier basketball team led by Bob Knight. In addition, Frank holds a master’s degree in education administration from Marquette University.
Born in New York, New York and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Frank and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Dillon Grace and Caitlin Elizabeth.