Complete List Of Washington Wizards Head Coaches In Order

List Of Washington Wizards Head Coaches In Order

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The Washington Wizards, formerly known as the Washington Bullets, have been an integral part of the NBA since their inception in 1961. Based in the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C., the Wizards have made their mark on the league, boasting a storied history and a passionate fan base. Through the years, a succession of notable head coaches has taken the helm, striving to guide the team to the pinnacle of NBA success. Their leadership, strategies, and commitment have indelibly shaped the trajectory of the franchise. Let’s chronicle the coaches who have led the Washington Wizards:

1 – Gene Shue (1961-1966)

Born in 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland, Gene Shue played for the Philadelphia Warriors (1954–1958), New York Knicks (1959–1962), Baltimore Bullets (1962–1964), and the Detroit Pistons (1964–1966). Besides the Wizards, Shue also coached the Baltimore Bullets (1966–1973, 1980–1986) and the Philadelphia 76ers (1973–1977).

2 – Buddy Jeannette (1966-1967)

Hailing from New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Buddy Jeannette was born in 1917. He played for the Baltimore Bullets (1947–1950). Jeannette also coached the Baltimore Bullets (1947-1951).

3 – Mike Farmer (1967-1968)

Born in San Francisco, California, in 1936, Mike Farmer played for the New York Knicks (1958–1961) and the Baltimore Bullets (1962–1965).

4 – Jim Pollard (1968-1969)

Born in 1922 in Oakland, California, Jim Pollard played for the Minneapolis Lakers (1947–1955). Pollard also served as the head coach for the Chicago Packers (1961-1962).

5 – Bernie Bickerstaff (1996–1999)

Hailing from Benham, Kentucky, and born in 1944, Bernie Bickerstaff did not play in the NBA. Besides the Wizards, he also coached the Seattle SuperSonics (1985–1990), Denver Nuggets (1994–1996), and Charlotte Bobcats (2004–2007).

6 – Leonard Hamilton (2000–2001)

Born in 1948 in Gastonia, North Carolina, Leonard Hamilton didn’t have an NBA playing career. He is primarily known for his collegiate coaching roles.

7 – Doug Collins (2001–2003)

Doug Collins, born in 1951 in Christopher, Illinois, played for the Philadelphia 76ers (1973–1981). Apart from his tenure with the Wizards, Collins has been the head coach for the Chicago Bulls (1986–1989) and the Detroit Pistons (1995–1998).

8 – Eddie Jordan (2003–2008)

Born in 1955 in Washington, D.C., Eddie Jordan played for the Cleveland Cavaliers (1977–1978), New Jersey Nets (1978–1984), and the Portland Trail Blazers (1984). After the Wizards, he also coached the Philadelphia 76ers (2009–2010).

9 – Ed Tapscott (2008–2009, Interim)

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1953, Ed Tapscott did not have an NBA playing career. He’s been primarily involved in executive roles in basketball.

10 – Flip Saunders (2009–2012)

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, and born in 1955, Flip Saunders didn’t have an NBA playing career. He also coached the Minnesota Timberwolves (1995–2005, 2014–2015) and the Detroit Pistons (2005–2008).

11 – Randy Wittman (2012–2016)

Born in 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Randy Wittman played for the Atlanta Hawks (1983–1988), Sacramento Kings (1988–1989), and Indiana Pacers (1989–1992). Wittman also served as the head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers (1999–2001) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (2006–2007).

12 – Scott Brooks (2016–2021)

Born in 1965 in French Camp, California, Scott Brooks played for several NBA teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Houston Rockets. Before coaching the Wizards, he was the head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder (2008–2015).

13 – Wes Unseld Jr. (2021 -present)

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