Head Coach / President of Spurs Basketball
In his 22nd season as Spurs head coach, three-time NBA Coach of the Year, Gregg Popovich, is the longest-tenured coach with the same team in all major U.S. sports leagues—ranking fifth in NBA history in career victories and one of five coaches in league history with at least five NBA Championships.
Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Gregg earned a degree in Soviet Studies in 1970 from the United States Air Force Academy where he was later honored with its Distinguished Graduate Award in 2007. He then went on to serve a five-year military commitment touring Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces Team. During this time, he was selected to represent the U.S. on the national AAU Team touring the Soviet Union thanks to his four-year undergrad performance on the Air Force court.
In 1972, he was named captain of the Armed Forces team which went on to win the AAU Championship—earning him an invitation to the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team Training Camp before returning to the Air Force Academy in 1973 as an assistant coach. During his six seasons on their sideline, he obtained a master’s degree in physical education and sports sciences from the University of Denver.
He was named the head coach at Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont, California in 1979, where he spent the next eight seasons including their 1985–86 campaign culminating in the team’s first conference championship in 68 years. While at Pomona, he was an active member of the school’s academic community, working as an associate professor, chairing the college’s Student Life committee, and serving on the Women’s Commission.
In 1988, he moved to the NBA and joined San Antonio as an assistant coach where he won a pair of Midwest Division titles over the next four seasons before a two-season stint as a Golden State Warriors assistant coach in 1992. He returned to San Antonio two years later as the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager—a role he held for eight seasons. Two years later, he was named the team’s head coach and went on to win five NBA Championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014.
Outside of San Antonio, he served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball’s Men’s Senior Team for three consecutive summers starting in 2002 before being named the team’s current head coach in 2015. His off-court contributions include involvement with the San Antonio Food Bank, Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives, Boys and Girls Club, The Miracle League, and the Spurs Youth Basketball League—a program he helped create in 1991 which was later honored with a Daily Point of Light Award by President George H.W. Bush the following year.
Over his seasons with the Silver and Black, he’s achieved numerous milestones including the third-most playoff wins in NBA history, the third-best playoff career winning percentage in NBA history, and the most wins with a single franchise in NBA history. He’s also been named Western Conference All-Star coach four times and NBA Coach of the Month 17 times—the most in league history.