Complete List Of Los Angeles Lakers Head Coaches In Order

List Of Los Angeles Lakers Head Coaches In Order

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Our Complete List Of Los Angeles Lakers Head Coaches In OrderThe Los Angeles looks at a legendary team based in Los Angeles, California as one of the most storied franchises in NBA history. Their legacy, spanning several decades, is filled with numerous championships, iconic players, and impactful moments. Hey, they just made a movie about their legacy and released this summer in 2023. The Lakers’ legacy is not just about the players but also about the visionaries who guided them — their head coaches. This list chronicles the journey of the Lakers’ head coaches, their contributions to the team, and other notable achievements in their basketball careers.

1 – John Kundla (1948-1957)

Born in 1916 in Star Junction, Pennsylvania. He played for the Minneapolis Red Jackets (1937–1938). Kundla also coached the University of Minnesota (1959–1968).

2 – George Mikan (1957-1958)

Born in 1924 in Joliet, Illinois. He played for the Minneapolis Lakers (1947–1956). This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

3 – John Castellani (1958)

Born in 1926 in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Castellani did not play in the NBA. This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

4 – Jim Pollard (1958-1959)

Born in 1922 in Oakland, California. He played for the Minneapolis Lakers (1947–1955). Pollard did not coach any other NBA teams.

5 – John Kundla (1959)

This was his second stint with the team.

6 – Fred Schaus (1959-1967)

Born in 1925 in Newark, Ohio. He played for the Fort Wayne Pistons (1949–1954). Schaus also coached the West Virginia Mountaineers (1967–1971) and Los Angeles Lakers (1972–1976) as a General Manager.

7 – Bill van Breda Kolff (1967-1969)

Born in 1922 in Montclair, New Jersey. He played for the New York Knicks (1946–1949). Van Breda Kolff also coached the Los Angeles Lakers (1969–1970), Detroit Pistons (1971–1972), Phoenix Suns (1972–1973), and New Orleans Jazz (1974–1977).

8 – Joe Mullaney (1969-1971)

Born in 1925 in Astoria, New York. He did not play in the NBA. Mullaney also coached the Los Angeles Lakers (1972–1973) and Kentucky Colonels (1974–1976).

9 – Bill Sharman (1971-1976)

Born in 1926 in Abilene, Texas. He played for the Washington Capitols (1950–1951), Boston Celtics (1951–1961). Sharman also coached the San Francisco Warriors (1966–1968) and Los Angeles/Utah Stars (1969–1971).

10 – Jerry West (1976-1979)

Born in 1938 in Chelyan, West Virginia. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers (1960–1974). West did not coach any other NBA teams.

11 – Jack McKinney (1979)

Born in 1935 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He did not play in the NBA. McKinney also coached the Indiana Pacers (1980–1984).

12 – Paul Westhead (1979-1981)

Born in 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Westhead did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Denver Nuggets (1990–1992) and Loyola Marymount University (1985–1990).

13 – Pat Riley (1981-1990)

Born in 1945 in Rome, New York. He played for the San Diego Rockets (1967–1970) and Los Angeles Lakers (1970–1975). Riley also coached the New York Knicks (1991–1995) and Miami Heat (1995–2003, 2005–2008).

14 – Mike Dunleavy Sr. (1990-1992)

Born in 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. He played for the Philadelphia 76ers (1976–1978), Houston Rockets (1978–1982), San Antonio Spurs (1982–1983), and Milwaukee Bucks (1983–1985). Dunleavy also coached the Milwaukee Bucks (1992–1996), Portland Trail Blazers (1997–2001), and Los Angeles Clippers (2003–2010).

15 – Randy Pfund (1992-1994)

Born in 1951 in Melrose Park, Illinois. Pfund did not play in the NBA. This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

16 – Magic Johnson (1994)

Born in 1959 in Lansing, Michigan. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers (1979–1991, 1996). This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

17 – Del Harris (1994-1999)

Born in 1937 in Plainfield, Indiana. Harris did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Houston Rockets (1979–1983) and Milwaukee Bucks (1987–1992).

18 – Bill Bertka (1999)

Born in 1927 in Shelby, Ohio. Bertka did not play in the NBA. This was his only NBA head coaching stint, although he was known as an assistant for many years.

19 – Kurt Rambis (1999)

Born in 1958 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers (1981–1988, 1993–1995), Charlotte Hornets (1988–1989), Phoenix Suns (1989–1990), and Sacramento Kings (1992–1993). Rambis also coached the Minnesota Timberwolves (2009–2011).

20 – Phil Jackson (1999-2004, 2005-2011)

Born in 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana. He played for the New York Knicks (1967–1978). Jackson also coached the Chicago Bulls (1989–1998).

21 – Rudy Tomjanovich (2004-2005)

Born in 1948 in Hamtramck, Michigan. He played for the San Diego/Houston Rockets (1970–1981). Tomjanovich also coached the Houston Rockets (1991–2003).

22 – Frank Hamblen (2005)

Born in 1947 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He did not play in the NBA. This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

23 – Mike Brown (2011-2012)

Born in 1970 in Columbus, Ohio. Brown did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Cleveland Cavaliers (2005–2010, 2013–2014).

24 – Bernie Bickerstaff (2012)

Born in 1944 in Benham, Kentucky. He did not play in the NBA. Bickerstaff also coached the Seattle SuperSonics (1985–1990), Denver Nuggets (1994–1997), and Charlotte Bobcats (2004–2007).

25 – Mike D’Antoni (2012-2014)

Born in 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia. He played for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1973–1975). D’Antoni also coached the Denver Nuggets (1998–1999), Phoenix Suns (2003–2008), New York Knicks (2008–2012), and Houston Rockets (2016–2020).

26 – Byron Scott (2014-2016)

Born in 1961 in Ogden, Utah. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers (1983–1993, 1996–1997), Indiana Pacers (1993–1995), and Vancouver Grizzlies (1995–1996). Scott also coached the New Jersey Nets (2000–2004), New Orleans Hornets (2004–2009), and Cleveland Cavaliers (2010–2013).

27 – Luke Walton (2016-2019)

Born in 1980 in San Diego, California. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2012) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2012–2013). Walton also coached the Sacramento Kings (2019-present as of 2021).

28 – Frank Vogel (2019- 2022)

Born in 1973 in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. Vogel did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Indiana Pacers (2011–2016) and Orlando Magic (2016–2018).

29 – Darvin Ham Sr. (2022 – present)

Born on July 23, 1973.

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