The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has hired David Fizdale as associate general manager. He joins the organization with 18 years of NBA coaching experience.
Fizdale most recently served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2021-22 season and previously served as head coach of the New York Knicks from 2018-20 and the Memphis Grizzlies from 2016-18.
Prior to joining the Grizzlies for his first NBA head coaching assignment, Fizdale spent eight seasons (2008-16) with the Miami Heat as an assistant coach, including the final two years as assistant head coach under Erik Spoelstra. During his tenure in Miami, the Heat won back-to-back NBA Championships in 2012 and 2013, and more playoff games (70) and series (15) than any other NBA team.
He also served as an assistant coach for one season in Golden State (2003-04) and for four seasons in Atlanta (2004-08).
Fizdale began his coaching career at the collegiate level, serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of San Diego (1998-02) and at Fresno State (2002-03). His first NBA job was as a member of the Heat’s video department in 1997-98.
He was a three-year starter at USD and was named to the All-West Coast Conference team as a senior in 1995-96 when he led the conference in assists with 7.0 per game.
The Los Angeles, Calif., native earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in sociology. In the summer of 2019, he participated in the 17th annual NBA Basketball Without Borders Africa program.