List of foreign NBA coaches

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In the National Basketball Association (NBA), foreign coaches—also known as international coaches—are those who were born outside the United States.

This list includes all international coaches who have been assistant and/or head coach in the NBA and also includes all coaches who were born in the United States but have represented other countries in international basketball competition.

In 2000, Igor Kokoškov from Serbia became the first non-American to hold a full-time assistant coach position in the NBA.[1] In 2004, he became the first non-American assistant coach to win an NBA championship, and the first to serve on an NBA All-Star Game coaching staff.[2]

List

Note: These lists are correct through the start of the 2017–18 season.

Yrs Number of seasons coached in the NBA
* Denotes head or assistant coach who is still active in the NBA

List of head coaches

Nationality[A] Birthplace[B] Head Coach Career[C] Yrs Notes Ref.
 Canada Triano, JayJay Triano* 20082011; 2017–present 4 [3]
 Israel  United States Blatt, DavidDavid Blatt 20142016 2 Born in United States to Jewish parents, has dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship. [4]
 Italy  United States D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni* 19981999; 20032014; 2016–present 14 Born in United States to Italian parents, has dual U.S. and Italian citizenship. [5]
 United States  Lebanon Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr* 2014–present 4 Born in Lebanon to Malcolm H. Kerr, a Lebanese-born American citizen.[6] [7]
 United States  West Germany
(now  Germany)
Vandeweghe, KikiKiki Vandeweghe 20092010 1 Born in West Germany[F] to a Canadian father and 1952 Miss America pageant winner Colleen Kay Hutchins. Holds both American and Canadian passports. [8]

List of assistant coaches

Nationality[A] Birthplace[B] Assistant Coach Career[C] Yrs Notes Ref.
 Belize  United States Garnett, MarlonMarlon Garnett* 2015–present 3 Born in United States to Belizean parents, has dual U.S. and Belize citizenship.
 Canada Herbert, GordonGordon Herbert 20082009 1
 Canada Magloire, JamaalJamaal Magloire 20132016 3
 Canada Morrison, ScottScott Morrison* 2017–present 1
 Canada Triano, JayJay Triano 20022008; 20122017 12 [3]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo  Zaire
(now  Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Mutombo, PatrickPatrick Mutombo* 20122015; 2016–present 5 Also holds Belgian citizenship.
 Croatia  SFR Yugoslavia[D]
(now  Croatia)
Spahija, NevenNeven Spahija 20142017 3
 Germany  West Germany[F]
(now  Germany)
Schrempf, DetlefDetlef Schrempf 20052007 2
 Georgia  United States Ellis, TyroneTyrone Ellis* 2017–present 1 Was born in the United States, became a naturalized Georgian citizen.
 Great Britain
 Scotland
McKechnie, AlexAlex McKechnie* 2013–present 5
 Ireland  United States Larrañaga, JayJay Larrañaga* 2012–present 6 Born in United States to Irish parents, has dual U.S. and Irish citizenship.
 Ireland  United States Moran, JimJim Moran* 2015–present 3 Born in United States to Irish parents, has dual U.S. and Irish citizenship.
 Israel  United States Oppenheimer, JoshJosh Oppenheimer 20132017 4 Born in United States, has dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship.
 Italy  United States D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni 19971998; 20022003; 20152016 3 Born in United States to Italian parents, has dual U.S. and Italian citizenship. [5]
 Italy Messina, EttoreEttore Messina* 2014–present 4
 Jordan  United States Trakh, MazMaz Trakh* 20102014; 2016–present 6 Born in the United States, has dual U.S. and Jordanian citizenship.
 Nigeria  United States Udoka, ImeIme Udoka* 2012–present 6 Born in United States to Nigerian parents, has dual U.S. and Nigerian citizenship.
 Philippines  United States Engelland, ChipChip Engelland* 19992000; 2003–present 16 Born in the United States, became a naturalized Filipino citizen.
 Russia  United States Hammon, BeckyBecky Hammon* 2014–present 4 Born in the United States, became a naturalized Russian citizen.
 Serbia  SFR Yugoslavia[D]
(now  Serbia)
Džikić, AleksandarAleksandar Džikić 20052007 2
 Serbia  SFR Yugoslavia[D]
(now  Serbia)
Kokoškov, IgorIgor Kokoškov* 2000–present 18 [9]
 Serbia  SFR Yugoslavia[D]
(now  Serbia)
Rajaković, DarkoDarko Rajaković* 2014–present 4 [10]
 Serbia  SFR Yugoslavia[D]
(now  Serbia)
Stojaković, OgnjenOgnjen Stojaković* 2016–present 2 [11]
 Spain Fernández, JordiJordi Fernández* 2016–present 2 [12]
 Swaziland Mahlalela, JamaJama Mahlalela* 2012–present 6
 Turkey Okur, MehmetMehmet Okur* 2016–present 2
 Ukraine  Soviet Union[E]
(now  Ukraine)
Potapenko, VitalyVitaly Potapenko* 20102011; 2013–present 6
 United States  Cuba De La Grana, OctavioOctavio De La Grana* 20102012
2016–present
4 Born in Cuba, moved to the United States at the age of 6, became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
 United States  Jamaica Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing 20022017 15 Born in Jamaica, moved to the United States at the age of 11, became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ Magic Name Igor Kokoskov Assistant Coach
  2. ^ "Jazz Announce Basketball Staff Additions". NBA.com. July 1, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Jay Triano Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ "David Blatt Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Mike D'Antoni Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ Silver, Michael (April 7, 1997). "Straight Shooter". Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Steve Kerr Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kiki Vandeweghe Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Igor Kokoškov Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Darko Rajaković Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Meet the 2016-17 Nuggets Coaches". http://www.nba.com/nuggets. NBA. Retrieved October 24, 2016.  External link in |work= (help)
  12. ^ "Denver Nuggets add Jordi Fernandez to coaching staff". denverstiffs.com. NBA. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
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