College - Pomona
Having played a significant role in one of the most successful dynasties in league history and with four NBA championship rings under his belt, Mike Budenholzer begins his first season as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks.
Named as the Hawks' 12th full-time head coach on May 28, 2013, Budenholzer spent the last 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. He spent the final 17 as an assistant coach and the past six as the no. 1 aide to Gregg Popovich, the longest-tenured head coach in major professional sports and third-winningest coach (by percentage - .681) in NBA history behind only Phil Jackson and Billy Cunningham.
As an assistant coach since the 1996-97 season, he has helped lead San Antonio to a league-best 908-438 (.675) regular season record, and NBA championships in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Hired by Popovich prior to the 1994-95 campaign, Budenholzer spent his first two seasons as a video coordinator before being named an assistant coach. On numerous occasions, he served as the Spurs summer league head coach. He also served as an advance scout for Team USA for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Budenholzer is a 1993 graduate of Pomona College where he received a bachelor's degree in politics, philosophy and economics and was a four-year letterman in both basketball and golf. Following college, he played professionally in Denmark for the Vejle Basketball Klub, also getting his start in coaching, serving as head coach for two different teams in the Vejle system.
A native of Holbrook, AZ, he and his wife Mary Bet have four children: Will, Libby, Hanna and John. His father Vince spent 25 years as a high school and college basketball coach in Arizona before retiring in 1997, and was inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The youngest of seven children, Budenholzer was born on August 6, 1969.