Grizzlies name David Fizdale Head Coach
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today named David Fizdale as the team’s new head coach. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Considered one of the rising stars in NBA coaching ranks, Fizdale comes to Memphis after spending eight seasons (2008-16) with the Miami Heat, including the last two as the assistant head coach and the previous six as an assistant coach under Erik Spoelstra. During that time, Fizdale’s assistance in game preparation, involvement in player development and rapport with the roster played a major role in the Heat’s championship success. Dating back to his first season on the Heat sidelines in 2008-09, Miami won more playoff games (70) and playoff series (15) than any team in the NBA and compiled the league’s second-best regular season (.623) and fourth-best postseason (.619) winning percentages.
Before his tenure in Miami, Fizdale spent four seasons (2004-08) as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks, where he was instrumental in the development of their young players. The Hawks increased their win total in each of his final three seasons and in 2007-08 earned the franchise’s first postseason appearance since 1999. He began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors for one season (2003-04).
Prior to joining the Warriors, Fizdale spent five seasons coaching in the college ranks. After one year (1997-98) in the Heat video department, he started his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of San Diego. After four seasons (1998-2002) with the Toreros, he spent one season (2002-03) as an assistant coach at Fresno State University.
A three-year starter at point guard while playing at the University of San Diego, Fizdale was selected to the All-West Coast Conference team after his senior season in 1996.
The Los Angeles native earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in sociology from San Diego in 1996.
For an exclusive first-look Q&A with the new Grizzlies Head Coach, fans are encouraged to tune in to grizzlies.com at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, which will be followed by an introductory press conference at 1:00 p.m., both live-streamed on the team’s website. For more details on the Grizzlies naming David Fizdale head coach, please visit grizzlies.com.
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