Complete List Of Houston Rockets Head Coaches In Order

 List Of Houston Rockets Head Coaches In Order

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Our Complete List Of Houston Rockets Head Coaches In Order looks at an NBA Team first established in 1967. The Houston Rockets would become a dominant team in the  NBA in the 90s securing two championships in the mid-1990s. They broke the hearts of many New York Knicks fans beating them at the buzzer in the 1994 NBA Championship. From their origins in San Diego to their relocation to Houston, the Rockets have seen a plethora of coaching talents. Here’s a deep dive into the individuals who’ve taken on the mantle of head coach for this esteemed franchise.

1 – Jack McMahon (1967-1970)

Born in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. McMahon played for the St. Louis Bombers (1952-1953), Philadelphia Warriors (1953-1957), and St. Louis Hawks (1957-1960). He also coached the Cincinnati Royals (1960-1967) and San Diego Rockets (1970-1971).

2 – Alex Hannum (1970-1971)

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), and Philadelphia 76ers (1966–1968).

3 – Tex Winter (1971-1973)

Born in 1922 in Wellington, Texas. Winter did not play in the NBA. He’s best known for his role as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, formulating the “Triangle Offense”.

4 – Johnny Egan (1973-1976)

Born in 1939 in Hartford, Connecticut. Egan played for multiple teams including the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Baltimore Bullets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and San Diego Rockets. Houston was his only NBA head coaching role.

5 – Tom Nissalke (1976-1979)

Born in 1932 in Madison, Wisconsin. He didn’t play in the NBA. Nissalke also coached the Utah Stars (ABA) and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

6 – Del Harris (1979-1983)

Born in 1937 in Plainfield, Indiana. Harris didn’t play in the NBA. He also coached the Milwaukee Bucks (1987-1991) and Los Angeles Lakers (1994-1999).

7 – Bill Fitch (1983-1988)

Born in 1934 in Davenport, Iowa. He didn’t play in the NBA. Fitch also coached the Cleveland Cavaliers (1970-1979), Boston Celtics (1979-1983), New Jersey Nets (1989-1992), and Los Angeles Clippers (1994-1998).

8 – Don Chaney (1988-1992)

Born in 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Chaney played for the Boston Celtics (1968-1975, 1977-1980) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1976-1977). He also coached the Los Angeles Clippers (1984-1987), Houston Rockets (1992-1993), Detroit Pistons (1993-1995), and New York Knicks (2001-2004).

9 – Rudy Tomjanovich (1992-2003)

Born in 1948 in Hamtramck, Michigan. Tomjanovich played for the San Diego/Houston Rockets (1970-1981). He also briefly coached the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004-2005.

10 – Jeff Van Gundy (2003-2007)

Born in 1962 in Hemet, California. Van Gundy didn’t play in the NBA. He also coached the New York Knicks (1996-2001).

11 – Rick Adelman (2007-2011)

Born in 1946 in Lynwood, California. He played for the San Diego Rockets (1968-1970), Portland Trail Blazers (1970-1973), Chicago Bulls (1973-1974), and New Orleans Jazz (1974-1975). Adelman also coached the Portland Trail Blazers (1988-1994), Golden State Warriors (1995-1997), Sacramento Kings (1998-2006), and Minnesota Timberwolves (2011-2014).

12 – Kevin McHale (2011-2015)

Born in 1957 in Hibbing, Minnesota. McHale played for the Boston Celtics from 1980 to 1993. He also had a coaching stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves (2005, 2008-2009).

13 – J.B. Bickerstaff (2015-2016)

Born in 1979 in Denver, Colorado. He didn’t play in the NBA. Bickerstaff also coached the Memphis Grizzlies (2017-2019) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2019-Present as of 2021).

14 – Mike D’Antoni (2016-2020)

Born in 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia. D’Antoni played for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1973-1975) and San Antonio Spurs (1976-1977). He also coached the Denver Nuggets (1998-1999), Phoenix Suns (2003-2008), New York Knicks (2008-2012), and Los Angeles Lakers (2012-2014).

15 – Stephen Silas (2020-2023)

Silas was born on August 6, 1973. Stephen Silas’ coaching career also included assistant coaching positions with the Charlotte Hornets (assistant), New Orleans Hornets (assistant), Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant), Golden State Warriors (assistant), Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets (assistant), Dallas Mavericks (assistant), Houston Rockets and
2023–present Detroit Pistons.

16 – Ime Udoka (2023)

Udoka was born on August 9, 1977. Ime Udoka played for the 2004 Los Angeles Lakers,
2006 New York Knicks, 2006–2007 Portland Trail Blazers, 2007–2009 San Antonio Spurs, 2009–2010 Sacramento Kings, and 2010–2011 San Antonio Spurs. He was an assistant coach for the 2012–2019 San Antonio Spurs, 2019–2020 Philadelphia 76ers, 2020–2021 Brooklyn Nets (assistant) and 2021–2023 Boston Celtics.

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