Complete List Of Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coaches In Order

List Of Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coaches In Order

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The Cleveland Cavaliers, often known as the Cavs, are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They were established in 1970 and have become a staple of the NBA, featuring notable players throughout the years such as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. The Cavs have had periods of great success, including a championship win in 2016, and periods of rebuilding. The head coaches of the Cavaliers have played significant roles in shaping the team’s performance and culture. Here is a list of those who have taken the helm:

  1. Bill Fitch (1970-1979): Born in Davenport, Iowa in 1934. He did not play professionally. He also coached the Boston Celtics (1979-1983), Houston Rockets (1983-1988), New Jersey Nets (1989-1992), and the Los Angeles Clippers (1994-1998).
  2. Stan Albeck (1979-1980): Born in Chenoa, Illinois in 1931. He did not play professionally. He also coached the San Antonio Spurs (1980-1983), New Jersey Nets (1983-1985), and the Chicago Bulls (1985-1986).
  3. Bill Musselman (1980-1982): Born in Ashland, Ohio in 1940. He did not play professionally. He also coached the Minnesota Timberwolves (1989-1991).
  4. Chuck Daly (1982): Born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania in 1930. He did not play professionally. He also coached the Detroit Pistons (1983-1992), New Jersey Nets (1992-1994), and Orlando Magic (1997-1999).
  5. Tom Nissalke (1982-1984): Born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1932. He did not play professionally. He also coached the Seattle SuperSonics (1972-1973), Houston Rockets (1976-1979), and the Utah Jazz (1979-1982).
  6. George Karl (1984-1986): Born in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania in 1951. He did not play professionally. He also coached the Golden State Warriors (1986-1988), Seattle SuperSonics (1992-1998), Milwaukee Bucks (1998-2003), Denver Nuggets (2005-2013), and the Sacramento Kings (2015-2016).
  7. Lenny Wilkens (1986-1993): Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1937. Played from 1960-1975 for the St. Louis Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also coached the Seattle SuperSonics (1969-1972), Portland Trail Blazers (1974-1976), Atlanta Hawks (1993-2000), and the Toronto Raptors (2000-2003).
  8. Mike Fratello (1993-1999): Born in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1947. He did not play professionally. He also coached the Atlanta Hawks (1981-1990) and the Memphis Grizzlies (2004-2006).
  9. Randy Wittman (1999-2001): Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1959. Played from 1983-1992 for the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, and the Indiana Pacers. He also coached the Washington Wizards (2012-2016).
  10. John Lucas II (2001-2003): Born in Durham, North Carolina in 1953. Played from 1976-1990 for the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Seattle SuperSonics. He also coached the San Antonio Spurs (1992-1994), Philadelphia 76ers (1994-1996), and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2001-2003).
  11. Keith Smart (2003): Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1964. He did not play professionally. He also coached the Golden State Warriors (2010-2011) and the Sacramento Kings (2011-2013).
  12. Paul Silas (2003-2005): Born in Prescott, Arkansas in 1943. Played from 1964-1980 for the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and the Seattle SuperSonics. He also coached the San Diego Clippers (1980-1983), Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (1999-2003), and the Charlotte Bobcats (2010-2012).
  13. Brendan Malone (2005): Born in Queens, New York in 1942. He did not play professionally. He also coached the Toronto Raptors (1995-1996) and the Detroit Pistons (2014).
  14. Mike Brown (2005-2010, 2013-2014): Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1970. He did not play professionally. He also coached the Los Angeles Lakers (2011-2012).
  15. Byron Scott (2010-2013): Born in Ogden, Utah in 1961. Played from 1983-1997 for the Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Vancouver Grizzlies, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also coached the New Jersey Nets (2000-2004), New Orleans Hornets (2004-2009), and the Los Angeles Lakers (2014-2016).
  16. David Blatt (2014-2016): Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1959. He did not play professionally. The Cleveland Cavaliers were the only NBA team he coached.
  17. Tyronn Lue (2016-2018): Born in Mexico, Missouri in 1977. Played from 1998-2009 for the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, and the Milwaukee Bucks. He also coached the Los Angeles Clippers (2020-Present).
  18. Larry Drew (2018-2019): Born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1958. Played from 1980-1991 for the Detroit Pistons, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also coached the Atlanta Hawks (2010-2013) and the Milwaukee Bucks (2013-2014).
  19. John Beilein (2019-2020): Born in Burt, New York in 1953. He did not play professionally. The Cleveland Cavaliers were the only NBA team he coached.
  20. J.B. Bickerstaff (2020-Present): Born in Denver, Colorado in 1979. He did not play professionally. He also coached the Houston Rockets (2015-2016) and the Memphis Grizzlies (2017-2019).

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