Lawrence Frank, the franchise's all-time leader in NBA coaching victories, returns to the Nets as an assistant coach. Over the course of seven seasons (2004-2009) with New Jersey, Frank amassed a regular season mark of 225-241 (.483). Under Frank’s direction, New Jersey made four consecutive postseason appearances (2004-07) and won two Atlantic Division titles (2004, 2006). Frank holds an 18-20 (.474) record in the playoffs, advancing the Nets to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Frank took over the Nets' head coaching helm midway through the 2003-04 season, where he proceeded to lead the Nets to 13 straight victories, 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 was the recipient of the NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors on four occasions (Feb. 2004, Apr. 2005, Mar. 2006 and Apr. 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). 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.
Frank's NBA coaching career began in Vancouver, where he spent three seasons as an assistant under Brian Hill. Following his stint with the Grizzlies, Frank joined the Nets as an assistant coach. Serving under Head Coach Byron Scott, Frank helped lead the Nets to two Easter Conference Championships in 2002 and 2003, marking the first NBA Finals appearances in franchise history. After three and a half seasons as an assistant, Frank was named interim head coach of the Nets on Jan. 26, 2004, and took over on a permanent basis on June 21, 2004.
Following his term with the Nets, Frank served as an assistant coach in Boston in 2010-11 before being named head coach of the Detroit Pistons on August 3, 2011. In two seasons with Detroit, Frank guided the Pistons to a 54-94 (.365) overall record. In 614 games, Frank holds a career coaching record of 279-335 (.454).
Before moving into the NBA, Frank served as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee for three seasons under Kevin O’Neill. 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.