Complete List Of San Antonio Spurs Head Coaches In Order

List Of San Antonio Spurs Head Coaches In Order

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Founded in 1967 as part of the American Basketball Association (ABA), the San Antonio Spurs have been one of the most successful franchises in NBA history. Their journey in the basketball realm has been guided by a lineage of exceptional coaches, each contributing to the team’s rich legacy. From the earlier days in the ABA to their sustained excellence in the NBA, the Spurs have thrived under the leadership of these remarkable individuals. Let’s delve into the story of the coaches who have helmed the Spurs’ bench.

1 – Tom Nissalke (1973-1974)

Born in 1932 in Madison, Wisconsin. Nissalke did not play in the NBA. He coached the ABA’s Dallas Chaparrals (1971–1973), the NBA’s Houston Rockets (1976–1979), and the Utah Jazz (1979–1982).

2 – Bob Bass (1974-1976, 1980, 1984, 1992)

Born in 1929 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bass did not play in the NBA. Apart from the Spurs, he also took on the head coaching role for the Charlotte Hornets (1995–1996).

3 – Doug Moe (1976-1980)

Born in 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. Moe played for the ABA’s New Orleans Buccaneers (1967–1968) and Washington Caps (1969–1970). He also coached the Denver Nuggets (1980–1990).

4 – Stan Albeck (1980-1983)

Born in 1931 in Chenoa, Illinois. Albeck did not play in the NBA. He also coached the Cleveland Cavaliers (1979–1980), New Jersey Nets (1983–1985), and Chicago Bulls (1985–1986).

5 – Morris McHone (1983)

Born in 1943 in Samson, Alabama. McHone did not play in the NBA. Apart from the Spurs, his coaching stints have mostly been in various minor leagues and international teams.

6 – Cotton Fitzsimmons (1984-1985)

Born in 1931 in Hannibal, Missouri. Fitzsimmons didn’t play in the NBA. He coached the Phoenix Suns (1970–1972, 1988–1992, 1996), Atlanta Hawks (1972–1976), Buffalo Braves (1976–1977), and Kansas City Kings (1978–1984).

7 – Jerry Tarkanian (1992)

Born in 1930 in Euclid, Ohio. Tarkanian didn’t play in the NBA. Most of his coaching career was spent at the college level, most notably with the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.

8 – John Lucas (1992-1994)

Born in 1953 in Durham, North Carolina. Lucas played for the Houston Rockets (1976–1978, 1984–1986), Golden State Warriors (1978–1981), Washington Bullets (1981–1983), San Antonio Spurs (1983–1984), Milwaukee Bucks (1986–1987), and Seattle SuperSonics (1987–1988). He also coached the Philadelphia 76ers (1994–1996) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2001–2003).

9 – Bob Hill (1994-1996)

Born in 1948 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hill did not play in the NBA. He coached the New York Knicks (1986–1987), Indiana Pacers (1990–1993), and Seattle SuperSonics (1996–1997).

10 – Gregg Popovich (1996-Present)

Born in 1949 in East Chicago, Indiana. Popovich did not play in the NBA. He has been the longest-tenured coach in the Spurs’ history and one of the most decorated coaches in NBA history.

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