Carlisle Takes Top Coaching Honor
Posted May 7 2002 4:46PM
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The Detroit Pistons’ Rick Carlisle was named the winner of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the IBM NBA Coach of the Year for the 2001-02 season, the NBA announced Tuesday.
Carlisle received 73 votes from the 126-member voting panel consisting of 39 national media members and three media members who regularly cover each of the NBA’s 29 teams.
Carlisle became the sixth person to win the Red Auerbach Trophy in his first season as a head coach, joining St. Louis’ Harry Gallatin in 1962-63, Chicago’s Johnny “Red” Kerr in 1966-67, Portland’s Mike Schuler in 1986-87, Indiana’s Larry Bird in 1997-98 and Orlando’s Glenn “Doc” Rivers in 1999-2000.
Under Carlisle’s guidance, the Pistons finished the season with an 18-game improvement over last season en route to 50 wins and Detroit’s first Central Division title since the 1989-90 season. The Pistons’ 18-game turnaround this season tied Washington for the second-best improvement in the league.
Carlisle joins Ray Scott, who earned the honor for the 1973-74 season, as the only coaches in Pistons’ history to win the award. Carlisle captured the IBM Coach of the Month award for February after leading the Pistons to a 9-3 record in that month. He was the first Detroit head coach to receive that honor since Doug Collins was named the NBA’s Coach of the Month in February 1997.
As an assistant coach in the NBA for 11 seasons, Carlisle’s teams (New Jersey, Portland and Indiana) amassed a 455-415 (.523) record since 1989. Those teams made eight trips to the playoffs, including the 1999-2000 Indiana Pacers who reached the NBA Finals.
As the "Official Information Technology Partner of the NBA," IBM creates technical solutions for the NBA. The IBM Advanced Scout ("data mining") Program for the IBM Think Pad aids NBA coaches in their scouting, team analysis and game preparation, while the IBM Coach of the Month and IBM Coach of the Year awards recognize their achievements.
Following are the balloting results for the 2001-02 IBM NBA Coach of the Year award and the all-time list of winners:
2001-02 IBM NBA COACH OF THE YEAR RESULTS
Coach, Team, Votes
IBM NBA COACH OF THE YEAR WINNERS
Season, Coach, Team