Complete List Of Sacramento Kings Head Coaches In Order

List Of Sacramento Kings Head Coaches In Order

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The Sacramento Kings are one of the oldest continuously operating professional basketball teams in the United States. Initially founded as the Rochester Seagrams in 1923, the team went through multiple iterations and cities, including Rochester, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and finally Sacramento. Throughout its history, the Kings have been home to some of basketball’s most iconic players and coaches. The legacy of the Kings has been shaped by these coaches, each bringing their own unique philosophy, strategy, and approach to the game. Here’s a look at the head coaches that have steered the Sacramento Kings:

1 – Les Harrison (1948-1955)

Born in 1904 in Rochester, New York. Harrison did not play in the NBA. This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

2 – Bobby Wanzer (1955-1960)

Born in 1921 in Brooklyn, New York. He played for the Rochester Royals (1947–1957). This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

3 – Tom Marshall (1960-1961)

Born in 1921 in Grant County, Kentucky. He played for the Rochester Royals (1948–1951) and Baltimore Bullets (1951–1953). Marshall also coached the Cincinnati Royals as an interim for part of the 1967 season.

4 – Charles Wolf (1961-1963)

Born in 1924 in Marion, Kentucky. Wolf did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Cincinnati Royals (1969–1970).

5 – Jack McMahon (1963-1967)

Born in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. He played for the Rochester Royals (1952–1955) and St. Louis Hawks (1955–1960). McMahon also coached the Cincinnati Royals (1970–1972) and San Diego Conquistadors (1972–1973).

6 – Bob Cousy (1969-1973)

Born in 1928 in Manhattan, New York. He played for the Boston Celtics (1950–1963) and Cincinnati Royals (1969–1970). This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

7 – Phil Johnson (1973-1978)

Born in 1941 in Grace, Idaho. Johnson did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Kansas City Kings (1984–1985) and Chicago Bulls (2002–2003).

8 – Larry Staverman (1977-1978)

Born in 1936 in Newport, Kentucky. He played for the Cincinnati Royals (1961–1963). This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

9 – Cotton Fitzsimmons (1978-1984)

Born in 1931 in Hannibal, Missouri. Fitzsimmons did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Phoenix Suns and several other NBA teams.

10 – Frank Layden (1984)

Born in 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. Layden did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Utah Jazz (1981–1988).

11 – Jerry Reynolds (1987, 1988-1990, 1991-1992)

Born in 1944 in French Lick, Indiana. Reynolds did not play in the NBA. This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

12 – Dick Motta (1990-1991)

Born in 1931 in Midvale, Utah. Motta did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Chicago Bulls, Washington Bullets, and several other NBA teams.

13 – Garry St. Jean (1992-1997)

Born in 1950 in Lowell, Massachusetts. St. Jean did not play in the NBA. This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

14 – Eddie Jordan (1997-1998)

Born in 1955 in Washington, D.C. He played for the Cleveland Cavaliers (1977–1978), New Jersey Nets (1978–1980, 1980–1984), and Los Angeles Lakers (1984). Jordan also coached the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.

15 – Rick Adelman (1998-2006)

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 Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and Minnesota Timberwolves.

16 – Eric Musselman (2006-2007)

Born in 1964 in Ashland, Ohio. Musselman did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Golden State Warriors (2002-2004) and has had a successful collegiate coaching career.

17 – Reggie Theus (2007-2008)

Born in 1957 in Inglewood, California. He played for the Chicago Bulls (1978–1984), Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1984–1988), Atlanta Hawks (1988–1991), Orlando Magic (1991–1992), New Jersey Nets (1992–1993), and Los Angeles Clippers (1993). Theus also coached the New Mexico State Aggies in the NCAA.

18 – Kenny Natt (2008-2009)

Born in 1958 in Monroe, Louisiana. Natt played for the Indiana Pacers (1980–1984), Kansas City Kings (1984–1985), and Utah Jazz (1985). This was his only NBA head coaching stint.

19 – Paul Westphal (2009-2012)

Born in 1950 in Redondo Beach, California. He played for the Boston Celtics (1972–1975), Phoenix Suns (1975–1980, 1983–1984), Seattle SuperSonics (1980–1981), and New York Knicks (1981–1983). Westphal also coached the Phoenix Suns and Seattle SuperSonics.

20 – Keith Smart (2012-2013)

Born in 1964 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Smart did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002-2003) and Golden State Warriors (2010-2011).

21 – Michael Malone (2013-2014)

Born in 1971 in Queens, New York. Malone did not play in the NBA. After his time with the Kings, he went on to coach the Denver Nuggets.

22 – Tyrone Corbin (2014-2015)

Born in 1962 in Columbia, South Carolina. He played for the San Antonio Spurs (1985–1986), Cleveland Cavaliers (1986–1987), Phoenix Suns  (1987), Minnesota Timberwolves (1989–1990), Utah Jazz (1991–1994), Atlanta Hawks (1994–1995), Sacramento Kings (1995–1996), and Toronto Raptors (2000–2001). Corbin also coached the Utah Jazz.

23 – George Karl (2015-2016)

Born in 1951 in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. He played for the San Antonio Spurs (1973-1978). Karl also coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Denver Nuggets.

24 – Dave Joerger (2016-2019)

Born in 1974 in Staples, Minnesota. Joerger did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Memphis Grizzlies (2013-2016).

25 – Luke Walton (2019-Present as of 2021)

Born in 1980 in San Diego, California. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers (2003-2012) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2012-2013). Before joining the Kings, Walton coached the Los Angeles Lakers (2016-2019).

26 – Alvin Gentry (2021 -2022)

Alvin Gentry was born on November 5, 1954. Alvin Gentry only played college basketball. His coaching career has included various coaching jibs for teams such as
San Antonio Spurs (assistant), Los Angeles Clippers (assistant), 1991–1995 Miami Heat (assistant), 1995 Miami Heat, 1995–1997 Detroit Pistons (assistant), 1998–1999 Detroit Pistons, 2000–2003 Los Angeles Clippers, 2003–2004 New Orleans Hornets (assistant), 2004–2008 Phoenix Suns (assistant), 2008–2012 Phoenix Suns, 2013–2014 Los Angeles Clippers (associate HC), 2014–2015 Golden State Warriors (associate HC), 2015–2020 New Orleans Pelicans, 2020–2021 and Sacramento Kings (associate HC),

27 – Mike Brown (2022-present)

Mike Brown was born on born March 5, 1970. His previous coaching duties included stints with 1997–1999 Washington Wizards (assistant), 2000–2003 San Antonio Spurs (assistant), 2003–2005 Indiana Pacers (assistant), 2005–2010 Cleveland Cavaliers, 2011–2012 Los Angeles Lakers, 2013–2014 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2016–2022 Golden State Warriors (associate HC).

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