Kenny Atkinson was named as the 21st head coach in Nets NBA history on April 17, 2016.
Atkinson joined the Nets after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks under head coach Mike Budenholzer. The Hawks made playoff appearances in each of Atkinson’s four seasons, including the club’s first-ever trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2014-15. The 2014-15 Hawks registered a franchise-record 60 wins, including a franchise-best 19-game win streak, and captured their first division title in more than 20 years. Atkinson served on the 2015 Eastern Conference All-Star coaching staff, and he guided Team World in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend in New York. Prior to his tenure with the Hawks, Atkinson was an assistant coach for four seasons with the New York Knicks (2008-12), helping the team reach the postseason in 2011 and 2012. Atkinson also spent one season as the director of player development for the Houston Rockets (2007-08).
A native of Northport, New York, Atkinson has also held various coaching positions abroad, serving as director of player development/assistant coach for Paris Basket Racing Club in France (2004-06), director of player development/assistant coach for the national team of the Republic of Georgia in the summer of 2006 and as an assistant coach with the Ukraine national team at the European championships in 2011. Most recently, Atkinson was head coach of the Dominican Republic national team in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Atkinson played professionally for 14 years (1990-2004), beginning his pro career in the CBA and USBL before competing for teams in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain. A standout collegiate player at the University of Richmond, Atkinson earned All-CAA First Team honors as a junior and senior and helped lead the Spiders to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1988. He was also selected as the 1987 CAA Rookie of the Year. Atkinson was inducted into the University of Richmond Hall of Fame in 2010.
Atkinson and his wife, Laura, have a son, Anthony, and a daughter, Annika.