Steve Clifford is in his fifth season as head coach after joining the franchise on May 29, 2013. He holds a combined record of 160-168 (.488) as head coach. Clifford has led Charlotte to the NBA Playoffs in two of his first four seasons at the helm after the team only qualified for the playoffs once in the previous ten seasons.
The Island Falls, Maine native is currently ranked third all-time in wins (160) and all-time games coached (328) in Charlotte history and only needs 48 more wins to become the franchise’s all-time winningest coach. He was the second quickest coach to reach 150 wins in team history.
The Hornets finished 48-34 (.585) in 2015-16, which marked the Charlotte’s best record since the 1999-00 season. The team earned the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and ultimately fell in seven games to the third seeded Miami HEAT. In Clifford’s first season in 2013-14, the team witnessed a 22-win improvement from the previous season and finished 43-39, earning the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. In each of Clifford’s three seasons as coach, Charlotte has ranked in the top 10 in the NBA in points allowed (fourth in 2013-14, seventh in 2014-15 and ninth in 2015-16), after ranking 29th in 2012-13 prior to him taking over.
Clifford has over 30 years of coaching experience at the NBA and collegiate level, including 13 seasons as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers.
Clifford came to Charlotte 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 Saint 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
Stephen Silas is in his firts season as Associate Head Coach, eighth season with the organization and 17th as an NBA assistant coach after joining 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.
Silas also spent five seasons as an assistant coach under his father, Paul Silas, with the original Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (2000-03) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-05). Silas, who joined the original Hornets in the summer of 1999 as an advance and college scout, was promoted to assistant coach on June 5, 2000, making him the youngest assistant in the NBA at that time at 27 years old.
Silas has also served as a Summer League head coach for New Orleans (2002), Cleveland (2003) and Golden State (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.
Mike Batiste enters his first season with the Charlotte Hornets, most recently joining the team from the Brooklyn Nets where he served as a player development assistant coach. Prior to his time with Brooklyn, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.
As a player, Batiste played professionally for 14 seasons, including one season in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2002-03 season. Batiste spent 10 years with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League, helping lead the club to eight consecutive league championships and earning the league’s MVP award in 2010. He also won three EuroLeague championships (2007, 2009 and 2011) and garnered All-EuroLeague First Team honors in 2011 and All-EuroLeague Second Team accolades in 2012. Batiste also had had professional stints with clubs in Belgium, Italy and Turkey.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Batiste played collegiately for three years at Arizona State, earning 1998-99 All-Pac-10 First Team honors in his final campaign.
Batiste and his wife, Sarah, have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Sydney.
Pat Delany is in his fourth season as an assistant coach, joining the Hornets in July 2014 after spending the 2013-14 season as head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA D-League.
In his lone season in Sioux Falls, Delany lead the Skyforce to a 31-19 record, finishing tied for the second-best record in the D-League and posting the fifth-best winning percentage in the franchise’s 25-year history.
Before being named head coach of the Skyforce, the D-League affiliate for the Miami Heat, Delany spent 11 seasons with the Heat, including six seasons as advance scout (2007-13) and four as video coordinator (2003-07). He started with the Heat in 2002-03 as a video intern.
Prior to the Heat, Delany spent part of the 2001-02 season as a video intern for the Boston Celtics and spent five summers as a basketball camp counselor at places including the University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame and his alma mater, Saint Anselm College.
Delany played four seasons at Division II Saint Anselm, where he finished his career as the school’s all-time leader with 731 assists and graduated with a degree in business administration.
Delany and his wife, Jackie, have two children, Rylan and Lila May.
Steve Hetzel is in his fourth season as an assistant coach, joining the Hornets in June 2014 after spending the 2013-14 season as head coach of the Canton Charge in the NBA D-League.
Hetzel led the Charge to a 28-22 record, finishing second in the East division and posting the second-best record in the team’s history.
Before moving to Canton, Hetzel spent four seasons with the Detroit Pistons as player development coach. In that role, he was responsible for identifying individual strengths and weaknesses, creating a specific progression plan and monitoring players’ growth throughout the season. During his time with the Pistons, three players received All-Rookie honors, including Jonas Jerebko (2010 Second Team), Greg Monroe (2011 Second Team) and Brandon Knight (2012 First Team)
Prior to the Pistons, Hetzel spent three seasons as video coordinator for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2006-09), after getting his start in the NBA as assistant video coordinator for the San Antonio Spurs in 2005-06
Hetzel is a 2005 graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned his bachelor’s in kinesiology with a specialization in coaching and served as a student manager for Tom Izzo’s men’s basketball team.
Hetzel and his wife, Anne, have two children, Aden and Selah.
Bruce Kreutzer is in his third season as an assistant coach, joining the Hornets in July 2015 after serving as a shooting consultant for the NBA D-League (2008-2011) and the Philadelphia 76ers (2008-2010).
Kreutzer served as lead shooting instructor and player development coach after joining former Hornets assistant coach and four-time NBA All-Star Mark Price in forming the Mark Price Shooting Lab at Suwanee Sports Academy in 2006. He also served as head coach of the ABA’s Atlanta Vision (2006-2008), where the team won the Southern Division and made an Elite Eight appearance.
Prior to the Vision, Kreutzer served as an assistant coach at Queens University in Charlotte – reaching the NCAA Division II Final Four in 2003 – and UNC Charlotte, as well as head coach at Garinger High School, where he won the 4A Boys North Carolina State High School Title in 1989. He also served as Post Graduate head coach at Massanutten Military Academy (Woodstock, Va.) and led the team to a No. 9 ranking nationally in 2006, developing more than 20 Division I college players in his tenure.
Kreutzer is a graduate of SUNY-New Paltz, where he earned his bachelor’s in Social Sciences. Kreutzer and his wife Nancy have two children, Jennifer and Kevin, as well as four grandchildren, Kaitlin, Ashley, Carter and Mackenzie.
Eddie Jordan enters his first season with the Charlotte Hornets, most recently joining the team after serving as the head coach of Rutgers University from 2013-16.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Jordan served as head coach of his hometown Wizards from the 2003-04 season through the first 11 games of 2008-09. After inheriting a Wizards team that posted a losing record in five straight seasons, Jordan was able to guide the 2004-05 Wizards to their highest win total in 25 years in just his second season, while giving Washington its first playoff berth since 1997 and advancing past the first round for the first time since 1982. Jordan’s Wizards made four straight playoff appearances from 2004-05 through 2007-08; prior to his arrival, Washington made the playoffs just once over a 16-year span.
Before his time with the Wizards, Jordan served as the lead assistant coach on Byron Scott’s staff in New Jersey from 1999-2003, helping the Nets to the NBA Finals in back-to-back years in 2002 and 2003. Prior to his work with the Nets, Jordan was an assistant coach with Sacramento for five seasons beginning in 1992, before being named head coach of the Kings for the final 15 games of the 1996-97 campaign. He would spend his first full season as an NBA head coach with the Kings for the 1997-98 season, his last year with the club.
Originally selected by Cleveland in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft (33rd overall), Jordan averaged 8.1 points, 3.8 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.82 steals in seven seasons with the Cavaliers, Nets, Lakers and Trail Blazers. He was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 1982 championship team. Prior to playing in the NBA, Jordan led Rutgers to the 1976 NCAA Final Four as a junior and was named East Regional MVP.
Jordan has five children, sons Justin, Eddie II, Paul and Jackson and daughter Skylar.