Complete List Of Charlotte Hornets Head Coaches In Order

List Of Charlotte Hornets Head Coaches In Order

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The Charlotte Hornets are an established force in the NBA, representing the spirit and energy of Charlotte, North Carolina since their inception in 1988. Over the years, a series of head coaches have shepherded the team, each bringing their unique style and philosophy to the game. Here’s a closer look at the head coaches of the Charlotte Hornets and their backgrounds:

1 – Dick Harter (1988–1990)

Born in 1930 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Dick Harter did not play in the NBA. Harter took on coaching roles at various points in his career, including Assistant Coach for the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Boston Celtics.

2 – Gene Littles (1990–1991, Interim in 1994)

Gene Littles was born in 1943 in Washington, D.C. As a player, he graced the court for the Carolina Cougars from 1969 to 1974 and the Kentucky Colonels. He also had a stint as an Assistant Coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers and served as the Interim Head Coach for the same team.

3 – Allan Bristow (1991–1996)

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Allan Bristow was born in 1951. He played for teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, and Denver Nuggets from 1973 to 1982. Later in his career, Bristow took on an Assistant Coach role for the Denver Nuggets.

4 – Dave Cowens (1996–1999)

Born in 1948 in Newport, Kentucky, Dave Cowens had an illustrious playing career with the Boston Celtics from 1970 to 1980 and the Milwaukee Bucks in 1982-1983. Apart from coaching the Hornets, Cowens was the Head Coach for the Golden State Warriors and an Assistant Coach for the Detroit Pistons.

5 – Paul Silas (1999–2002, 2010–2012)

Paul Silas, born in 1943 in Prescott, Arkansas, played for the St. Louis Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and Seattle Supersonics between 1964 and 1980. Beyond his tenure with the Hornets, Silas was the Head Coach for the San Diego Clippers, New Orleans Hornets, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

6 – Steve Clifford (2013–2018)

Steve Clifford, from Island Falls, Maine, was born in 1961. While he didn’t play in the NBA, he had an extensive coaching career. Clifford was an Assistant Coach for the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Lakers. He also took the helm as the Head Coach for the Orlando Magic.

7 – James Borrego (2018–Present)

James Borrego, born in 1977 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has not played in the NBA but has had a significant coaching journey. He served as an Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Hornets. Additionally, he had a term as the Interim Head Coach for the Orlando Magic.

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