College - Arizona
A five-time NBA champion during his 15-year playing career, Steve Kerr enters his first season as head coach of the Golden State Warriors. He was named to the position on May 19, 2014, becoming the 25th head coach in franchise history and the 20th since the team moved to the West Coast in 1962.
Kerr, 48, joins the Warriors owning 26 years of NBA experience as a player, television analyst and front office executive, including a three-year stint (2007-10) as president of basketball operations and general manager for the Phoenix Suns. During his time as the Suns GM, the club posted a 155-91 (.630) record and earned a pair of playoff berths, including a trip to the 2010 Western Conference Finals.
Having made the playoffs 11 times during his playing career, Kerr is one of only 25 players in NBA history to win five championships, earning three rings with Chicago and two with San Antonio. A key reserve for Chicago during the teamís three-peat championship run from 1996-98, Kerr famously hit the game-winning, title-clinching shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals. He won his fourth consecutive championship in 1999 with the San Antonio Spurs to become one of only two non-Boston Celtics to win four-straight NBA titles (joining Frank Saul, 1951-54). His fifth ring came in his second stint with the Spurs during his final NBA campaign in 2002-03. Overall, Kerr appeared in 128 postseason games, averaging 4.3 points and 1.2 assists while shooting 37.0 percent from three-point range.
The NBAís all-time three-point percentage leader, having converted on 45.4 percent (726-of-1599) of his attempts from long range, Kerr amassed career averages of 6.0 points, 1.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 910 regular-season games with the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs (twice), and Portland Trail Blazers.
Kerr was originally drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the second round (50th overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona. Kerr capped his collegiate career as a senior in 1988 by helping lead the Wildcats to their first Final Four appearance. An All-Pac 10 guard in both 1986 and 1988, he remains the schoolís career leader in three-point field goal percentage (57.3 percent). Kerr was also a member of the USA Basketball team that captured the 1986 World Championship in Madrid, the last American Menís Senior Team composed strictly of amateur players to capture a gold medal.
During his playing career, Kerr played for some of the most successful coaches in the history of the game, including Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Lenny Wilkens, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Lute Olson. A Beirut, Lebanon, native who grew up in Pacific Palisades, CA, Kerr was a ballboy for John Woodenís 1978 & 1979 teams at UCLA, where Steveís late father, Malcolm, was a professor.
As a broadcaster, Kerr has served two different four-year stints as a game analyst on TNTís award-winning NBA coverage. In addition to a full slate of regular-season games, he also worked TNTís marquee events, including the NBA All-Star Game, playoffs and conference finals. During his most recent stint in broadcasting, beginning in 2010, Kerr also served as an analyst for NCAA Tournament coverage on Turner Sports and CBS.
Kerr earned a degree in general studies from Arizona with an emphasis in history, sociology and English in 1988 and serves on the board of directors for Peace Players International, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that uses basketball as a means to bridge cultural gaps in areas of political, racial and religious conflict. Born on September 27, 1965, Steve and his wife, Margot, have two sons, Nicholas and Matthew, and one daughter, Madeleine.