Complete List Of New York Knicks Head Coaches In Order

New York Knicks Head Coaches

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The New York Knicks, based in New York City, are a professional basketball team playing in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Since the franchise’s establishment in 1946, the Knicks have had a rich history with numerous coaches contributing to their legacy. Here is a list of the head coaches from the inception of the team up to 2021:

  1. Neil Cohalan (1946–1947)
    • Born: July 31, 1899, New York, New York
    • Previous roles: No other NBA coaching roles
    • Player: No NBA playing career
  2. Joe Lapchick (1947–1956)
    • Born: April 12, 1900, Yonkers, New York
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for St. John’s University (1945–1947, 1956–1965)
    • Player: Original Celtics (1923–1926, 1927–1936), Cleveland Rosenblums (1926–1927)
  3. Vince Boryla (1956–1958)
    • Born: March 9, 1927, East Chicago, Indiana
    • Previous roles: No other NBA coaching roles
    • Player: New York Knicks (1949–1954)
  4. Andrew “Fuzzy” Levane (1958–1960)
    • Born: April 11, 1920, Brooklyn, New York
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Atlanta Hawks (1962)
    • Player: Rochester Royals (1949–1950), Syracuse Nationals (1950–1953)
  5. Carl Braun (1960–1961)
    • Born: September 25, 1927, Brooklyn, New York
    • Previous roles: No other NBA coaching roles
    • Player: New York Knicks (1947–1960, 1961–1962), Boston Celtics (1962)
  6. Eddie Donovan (1961–1965)
    • Born: June 2, 1922, Elizabeth, New Jersey
    • Previous roles: No other NBA coaching roles
    • Player: No NBA playing career
  7. Dick McGuire (1965–1968)
    • Born: January 26, 1926, Bronx, New York
    • Previous roles: No other NBA coaching roles
    • Player: New York Knicks (1949–1957), Detroit Pistons (1957–1960)
  8. Red Holzman (1967–1977, 1978–1982)
    • Born: August 10, 1920, Brooklyn, New York
    • Previous roles: No other NBA coaching roles
    • Player: Rochester Royals (1945–1950, 1951–1953), Milwaukee Hawks (1953–1954)
  9. Willis Reed (1977–1978)
    • Born: June 25, 1942, Bernice, Louisiana
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for New Jersey Nets (1987–1989)
    • Player: New York Knicks (1964–1974)
  10. Hubie Brown (1982–1986)
    • Born: September 25, 1933, Hazleton, Pennsylvania
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Atlanta Hawks (1976–1981), Memphis Grizzlies (2002–2004)
    • Player: No NBA playing career
  11. Bob Hill (1986–1987)
    • Born: November 24, 1948, Newark, New Jersey
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Indiana Pacers (1990–1993), San Antonio Spurs (1994–1996), Seattle SuperSonics (2005–2007)
    • Player: No NBA playing career
  12. Rick Pitino (1987–1989)
    • Born: September 18, 1952, New York, New York
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Boston Celtics (1997–2001)
    • Player: No NBA playing career
  13. Stu Jackson (1989–1990)
    • Born: December 11, 1955, Reading, Pennsylvania
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Vancouver Grizzlies (1996–1997)
    • Player: No NBA playing career
  14. John MacLeod (1990–1991)
    • Born: October 3, 1937, Clarksville, Indiana
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Phoenix Suns (1973–1987), Dallas Mavericks (1989–1990)
    • Player: No NBA playing career
  15. Pat Riley (1991–1995)
    • Born: March 20, 1945, Rome, New York
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Los Angeles Lakers (1981–1990), Miami Heat (1995–2003, 2005–2008)
    • Player: San Diego Rockets (1967–1970), Los Angeles Lakers (1970–1975)
  16. Don Nelson (1995–1996)
    • Born: May 15, 1940, Muskegon, Michigan
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Milwaukee Bucks (1976–1987), Golden State Warriors (1988–1995, 2006–2010), Dallas Mavericks (1997–2005)
    • Player: Chicago Zephyrs (1962–1963), Los Angeles Lakers (1963–1965), Boston Celtics (1965–1976)
  17. Jeff Van Gundy (1996–2001)
    • Born: January 19, 1962, Hemet, California
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Houston Rockets (2003–2007)
    • Player: No NBA playing career
  18. Don Chaney (2001–2004)
    • Born: March 22, 1946, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Los Angeles Clippers (1984–1987), Houston Rockets (1988–1992), Detroit Pistons (1993–1995)
    • Player: Boston Celtics (1968–1975, 1977–1980), Los Angeles Lakers (1976–1977)
  19. Lenny Wilkens (2004–2005)
    • Born: October 28, 1937, Brooklyn, New York
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Seattle SuperSonics (1969–1972, 1977–1985), Portland Trail Blazers (1974–1976), Cleveland Cavaliers (1986–1993), Atlanta Hawks (1993–2000), Toronto Raptors (2000–2003)
    • Player: St. Louis Hawks (1960–1968), Seattle SuperSonics (1968–1972), Cleveland Cavaliers (1972–1974)
  20. Herb Williams (2005)
    • Born: February 16, 1958, Columbus, Ohio
    • Previous roles: No other NBA coaching roles
    • Player: Indiana Pacers (1981–1989), Dallas Mavericks (1989–1992), New York Knicks (1992–1995, 1996–1999), Toronto Raptors (1995–1996)
  21. Larry Brown (2005–2006)
    • Born: September 14, 1940, Brooklyn, New York
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Denver Nuggets (1974–1979), New Jersey Nets (1981–1983), San Antonio Spurs (1988–1992), Los Angeles Clippers (1992–1993), Indiana Pacers (1993–1997), Philadelphia 76ers (1997–2003), Detroit Pistons (2003–2005), Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2010)
    • Player: Detroit Pistons (1967–1968), Denver Rockets (1968–1971)
  22. Isiah Thomas (2006–2008)
    • Born: April 30, 1961, Chicago, Illinois
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Indiana Pacers (2000–2003)
    • Player: Detroit Pistons (1981–1994)
  23. Mike D’Antoni (2008–2012)
    • Born: May 8, 1951, Mullens, West Virginia
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Denver Nuggets (1998–1999), Phoenix Suns (2003–2008), Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2014), Houston Rockets (2016–2020)
    • Player: Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1973–1975), San Antonio Spurs (1976–1977)
  24. Mike Woodson (2012–2014)
    • Born: March 24, 1958, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Atlanta Hawks (2004–2010)
    • Player: New York Knicks (1980–1981), New Jersey Nets (1981–1982), Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1982–1986), Los Angeles Clippers (1986–1988), Houston Rockets (1988–1990), Cleveland Cavaliers (1990–1991)
  25. Derek Fisher (2014–2016)
    • Born: August 9, 1974, Little Rock, Arkansas
    • Previous roles: No other NBA coaching roles
    • Player: Los Angeles Lakers (1996–2004, 2007–2012), Golden State Warriors (2004–2006), Utah Jazz (2006–2007), Dallas Mavericks (2012), Oklahoma City Thunder (2012–2014)
  26. Kurt Rambis (2016)
    • Born: February 25, 1958, Terre Haute, Indiana
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Los Angeles Lakers (1999), Minnesota Timberwolves (2009–2011)
    • Player: New York Knicks (1981–1982), Charlotte Hornets (1988–1989), Phoenix Suns (1989–1993), Los Angeles Lakers (1981–1988, 1993–1994)
  27. Jeff Hornacek (2016–2018)
    • Born: May 3, 1963, Elmhurst, Illinois
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Phoenix Suns (2013–2016)
    • Player: Phoenix Suns (1986–1992), Philadelphia 76ers (1992–1994), Utah Jazz (1994–2000)
  28. David Fizdale (2018–2019)
    • Born: June 16, 1974, Los Angeles, California
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Memphis Grizzlies (2016–2017)
    • Player: No NBA playing career
  29. Mike Miller (2019–2020)
    • Born: March 21, 1964, Monmouth, Illinois
    • Previous roles: No other NBA coaching roles
    • Player: No NBA playing career
  30. Tom Thibodeau (2020–Present as of 2021)
    • Born: January 17, 1958, New Britain, Connecticut
    • Previous roles: Head Coach for Chicago Bulls (2010–2015), Minnesota Timberwolves (2016–2019)
    • Player: No NBA playing career

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