Head Coach / President of Spurs Basketball
Entering his 24th season as the Spurs head coach ... the longest tenured coach with the same team among the 122 NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB franchises … has led the Spurs to five NBA Championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014) … one of five coaches in history with five-or-more NBA Championships (along with Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, John Kundla and Pat Riley) … he, Steve Kerr and Eric Spoelstra are the only three active coaches with multiple NBA titles … finished the 2018-19 season with a career record of 1,245-575 … career winning percentage of .684 ranks third in NBA history (behind Jackson and Billy Cunningham, min. 500 games) … ranks third in NBA history in career victories and first among active coaches … on Feb. 4, 2017, collected his 1,128th win as Spurs head coach to surpass Jerry Sloan for most wins with a single franchise in NBA history … posted his 1,000th career win at Indiana on Feb. 9, 2015 … his 170 playoff wins rank third in NBA history (behind Jackson and Riley) and his playoff career winning percentage of .599 (170-114) is the fourth-best in league history (min. 100 games) … named NBA Coach of the Year in 2003, 2012 and 2014 … has led San Antonio to the NBA’s best regular season record five times (1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2011-12 and 2013-14) … the Western Conference All-Star coach in 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2016 … has been the NBA Coach of the Month 17 times, the most in league history … the Spurs all-time leader in both regular season and playoff wins … a 1970 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in Soviet studies … played four seasons at the Air Force Academy … as a senior was the team’s captain and leading scorer … following his graduation in 1970 served his five-year military commitment … during that time toured Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces Team … selected to represent the U.S. on the national AAU Team touring the Soviet Union … in 1972 was the captain of the Armed Forces team, which won the AAU Championship … earned an invitation to the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team Training Camp … in 1973 returned to the Air Force Academy as an assistant coach … spent six years at Air Force during which time he obtained his master’s degree in physical education and sports sciences from the University of Denver … in 1979 was named the head coach at Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont, California … spent the next eight seasons at Pomona … during the 1985–86 season led the team to its first conference championship in 68 years and to a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament … while at Pomona was an active member of the school’s academic community, working as an associate professor, chairing the college’s Student Life committee, serving on the Women’s Commission and even – for one year – living in a dorm with his family … moved to the NBA in July of 1988, joining the Spurs as an assistant coach as a member of Larry Brown’s staff … spent the next four seasons in San Antonio with a Spurs team that won a pair of Midwest Division titles … in the summer of 1992 was named an assistant coach on Don Nelson’s staff with Golden State … spent the next two seasons with the Warriors … returned to San Antonio on May 31, 1994, as the Spurs executive vice president of basketball operations/general manager (served as GM for eight seasons before turning the job over to R.C. Buford on July 1, 2002) … named the Spurs head coach in December of 1996 … named head coach of the USA Basketball Senior Men’s National Team on Oct. 23, 2015 ... served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball’s Men’s Senior Team for three consecutive summers (at the 2002 World Basketball Championship, the 2003 FIBA America Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the 2004 Olympic Games) … a very active member of the San Antonio community … in 1991 teamed with Frank Martin to create the Spurs Youth Basketball League … today the league plays at 75 locations in San Antonio and throughout South Texas … the league was honored with a Daily Point of Light Award by President Bush in February of 1992… is involved in several charities in the San Antonio area including the San Antonio Food Bank, Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives, Boys and Girls Club and The Miracle League … honored by the Air Force Academy with its Distinguished Graduate Award in 2007.