Complete List Of Phoenix Suns Head Coaches In Order

List Of Phoenix Suns Head Coaches In Order

The Phoenix Suns, based in Phoenix, Arizona, are a professional basketball team playing in the Western Conference of the NBA. Founded in 1968, the Suns have crafted a legacy of great games, competitive teams, and have remained a mainstay of the league for decades. Throughout the years, their successes and challenges have been steered by a list of exceptional head coaches. Here is a look at the figures that have been at the helm of this storied franchise.

1 – Johnny Kerr (1968-1970)

Born in 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. He played for the Syracuse Nationals (1954–1963), Philadelphia 76ers (1963–1964), and Baltimore Bullets (1964–1965). Kerr also coached the Chicago Bulls (1966–1968).

2 – Jerry Colangelo (1970)

Born in 1939 in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He did not play in the NBA. This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

3 – Cotton Fitzsimmons (1970-1972, 1988-1992, 1996)

Born in 1931 in Hannibal, Missouri. He did not play in the NBA. Fitzsimmons also coached the Atlanta Hawks (1972–1976), Buffalo Braves (1977–1978), Kansas City Kings (1978–1984), San Antonio Spurs (1984–1986).

4 – Butch van Breda Kolff (1972-1973)

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 (1967–1969), Detroit Pistons (1971–1972), and New Orleans Jazz (1974–1977).

5 – Dr. Jerry Menzies (1973)

Born in 1927 in Goltry, Oklahoma. Menzies did not play in the NBA. This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

6 – John MacLeod (1973-1987)

Born in 1937 in Clarksville, Indiana. He did not play in the NBA. MacLeod also coached the Dallas Mavericks (1987–1989) and New York Knicks (1990–1991).

7 – Dick Van Arsdale (1987)

Born in 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He played for the New York Knicks (1965–1968) and Phoenix Suns (1968–1977). This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

8 – Paul Westphal (1992-1995, 2013-2016)

Born in 1950 in Los Angeles, California. He played for the Boston Celtics (1972–1975, 1982–1983), Phoenix Suns (1975–1980, 1983–1984), New York Knicks (1981–1982), and Seattle SuperSonics (1980–1981). Westphal also coached the Seattle SuperSonics (1998–2000) and Sacramento Kings (2009–2012).

9 – Danny Ainge (1996-1999)

Born in 1959 in Eugene, Oregon. He played for the Boston Celtics (1981–1991), Sacramento Kings (1990–1992), Portland Trail Blazers (1992–1993), and Phoenix Suns (1993–1995). This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

10 – Scott Skiles (1999-2002)

Born in 1964 in LaPorte, Indiana. He played for the Milwaukee Bucks (1986–1996), Indiana Pacers (1986–1987), Orlando Magic (1989–1994), Washington Bullets/Wizards (1994–1995), and Philadelphia 76ers (1995–1996). Skiles also coached the Chicago Bulls (2003–2007), Milwaukee Bucks (2008–2013), and Orlando Magic (2015–2018).

11 – Frank Johnson (2002-2003)

Born in 1958 in Weirsdale, Florida. He played for the Washington Bullets (1981–1988), Houston Rockets (1988–1990), and Phoenix Suns (1991–1994). This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

12 – Mike D’Antoni (2003-2008)

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), New York Knicks (2008–2012), Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2014), and Houston Rockets (2016–2020).

13 – Terry Porter (2008-2009)

Born in 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He played for the Portland Trail Blazers (1985–1995), Minnesota Timberwolves (1995–1998), Miami Heat (1998–1999), and San Antonio Spurs (1999–2002). Porter also coached the Milwaukee Bucks (2003–2005).

14 – Alvin Gentry (2009-2013)

Born in 1954 in Shelby, North Carolina. He did not play in the NBA. Gentry also coached the Miami Heat (1995), Detroit Pistons (1997–2000), Los Angeles Clippers (2000–2003), and New Orleans Pelicans (2015-2020).

15 – Jeff Hornacek (2013-2016)

Born in 1963 in Elmhurst, Illinois. He played for the Phoenix Suns (1986–1992), Philadelphia 76ers (1992–1994), and Utah Jazz (1994–2000). Hornacek also coached the New York Knicks (2016–2018).

16 – Igor Kokoškov (2018-2019)

Born in 1971 in Belgrade, Serbia. He did not play in the NBA. This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

17 – Monty Williams (2019-2022)

Born in 1971 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He played for the New York Knicks (1994–1995), San Antonio Spurs (1996–1998), Denver Nuggets (1999), Orlando Magic (1999–2002), and Philadelphia 76ers (2002–2003). Williams also coached the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2010–2015).

# 18 – Frank Paul Vogel (2023)

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