Complete List Of Atlanta Hawks Head Coaches In Order

List Of Atlanta Hawks Head Coaches In Order

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The Atlanta Hawks, originally founded as the Buffalo Bisons in 1946, are one of the NBA’s long-standing franchises. Over the years, the Hawks have been based in various cities, including Buffalo, Moline, St. Louis, and finally Atlanta, where they’ve been since 1968. The Hawks have seen periods of success and challenges throughout their history, with the guiding hand of numerous coaches at the helm. Here’s a list of head coaches who have led the team:

# 1 – Roger Potter (1946)

Not much information is available about Potter’s background or any other coaching roles.

# 2 – Glenn Curtis (1946-1947)

Similarly, Curtis’s personal and professional background is sparse in the records.

# 3 – Red Auerbach (1949-1950)

Born in 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. Auerbach also coached the Boston Celtics (1950-1966). He also was the Head Coach for Washington Capitols (1946–1949). He did not have a playing career in the NBA.

# 4 – Alex Hannum (1956-1957)

Born in 1923 in Los Angeles, California. He played for the Oshkosh All-Stars (1948–1949), Syracuse Nationals (1949–1951, 1955–1956), and Rochester Royals (1954–1955). Hannum also coached the St. Louis Hawks (1957–1958), San Francisco Warriors (1963–1966), Philadelphia 76ers (1966–1968), and San Diego/Houston Rockets (1969–1971).

# 5 – Ed Macauley (1958-1960)

Macauley was born in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. He played for the St. Louis Bombers (1949-1950), Boston Celtics (1950-1956), and St. Louis Hawks (1956-1959).

# 6 – Paul Seymour (1960-1961)

Born in 1928 in Toledo, Ohio. He played for the Baltimore Bullets (1947-1950) and Syracuse Nationals (1950-1960). Seymour also coached the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (1961–1963).

# 7 – Bob Pettit (1970-1974)

Born in 1932 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pettit played his entire career with the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks (1954-1965).

# 8 – Cotton Fitzsimmons (1972-1976, 1981-1982)

Born in 1931 in Hannibal, Missouri. Fitzsimmons also coached the Phoenix Suns (1970-1972, 1988-1996), Kansas City Kings (1978-1984), and San Antonio Spurs (1984-1986).

# 9 – Hubie Brown (1976-1981)

Brown was born in 1933 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He also coached the New York Knicks (1982-1987) and Memphis Grizzlies (2002-2004).

# 10 – Mike Fratello (1983-1990)

Born in 1947 in Hackensack, New Jersey. Fratello also coached the Cleveland Cavaliers (1993-1999) and Memphis Grizzlies (2004-2006).

# 11 – Bob Weiss (1990-1993)

Born in 1942 in Easton, Pennsylvania. Weiss played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (1965-1967), Chicago Bulls (1968), Milwaukee Bucks (1969), and Seattle SuperSonics (1970-1977). He also coached the San Antonio Spurs (1986-1988), LA Clippers (1993-1994), and Seattle SuperSonics (2005-2006).

# 12 – Lenny Wilkens (1993-2000)

Born in 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. Wilkens played for the St. Louis Hawks (1960-1968), Seattle SuperSonics (1968-1972), Cleveland Cavaliers (1972-1974), and Portland Trail Blazers (1974-1975). He also coached the Seattle SuperSonics (1969-1972, 1977-1985), Cleveland Cavaliers (1986-1993), Toronto Raptors (2000-2003), and New York Knicks (2004-2005).

# 13 – Lon Kruger (2000-2003)

Born in 1952 in Silver Lake, Kansas. He did not play in the NBA.

# 14 – Terry Stotts (2002-2004)

Stotts was born in 1957 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He also coached the Milwaukee Bucks (2005-2007) and Portland Trail Blazers (2012-present).

# 15 – Mike Woodson (2004-2010)

Born in 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Woodson played for the New York Knicks (1980-1981), New Jersey Nets (1981-1983), Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1983-1986), Los Angeles Clippers (1986-1988), Houston Rockets (1988-1990), and Cleveland Cavaliers (1990-1991). He also coached the New York Knicks (2012-2014).

# 16 – Larry Drew (2010-2013)

Drew, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, was born in 1958. He played for the Detroit Pistons (1980-1981), Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1981-1986), Los Angeles Clippers (1986-1988), and Los Angeles Lakers (1988-1991). Drew also coached the Milwaukee Bucks (2013-2014) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2018-2019).

# 17 – Mike Budenholzer (2013-2018)

Budenholzer, born in 1969 in Holbrook, Arizona, also coached the Milwaukee Bucks (2018-present).

# 18 – Lloyd Pierce (2018-2021)

Pierce was born in 1976 in San Jose, California. He did not have a playing career in the NBA.

# 19 – Nate McMillan (2021-2023)

McMillan hails from Raleigh, North Carolina.He was born in 1964. He played for the Seattle SuperSonics (1986-1998). McMillan also coached the Seattle SuperSonics (2000-2005) and Portland Trail Blazers (2005-2012)

# 20 – Joe Prunty (2023)                                                                                                                                                            # 21 – Quin Snyder (2023-present) 

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