List of Memphis Grizzlies head coaches


Focus on a list of Memphis Grizzlies head coaches in the history of the basketball team.
Over the years, the Grizzlies have seen coaches come and go; some with little or no success and some with huge impact. They started out in Vancouver as an expansion team along with the Toronto Raptors in 1995. The Grizzlies and Raptors became the first non-United States teams to join the NBA since 1946. The Grizzlies spent just six seasons in Vancouver before they moved to Memphis in the 2001-02 season.
From 1995-2019, the Grizzlies have had 11 head coaches.
BRIAN WINTERS – the former American basketball player was the franchise’s first head coach. He took charge of the Grizzlies for just two season, 1995-1997. Of 125 games managed, he won 23 and lost 102.

STUART W. JACKSON – the basketball
executive and former coach took over after Winters was fired in 1997. He coached 39 games, won only 6 and lost 33

BRIAN HILL – the retied coach became Vancouver Grizzlies’ head coach after he was fired from Orlando Magic. He coached 154 games between 1997-99, winning 31 games and losing 123 in regular season
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LIONEL HOLLINS – the former American basketball player acted as interim head coach in 1999 after Hill. Hollins later served as interim coach in 2004 and as head coach again from 2009-13. Hollins is the franchise’s all-time leader in regular-season games coached (415), and the franchise’s all-time leader in regular-season game wins (214). He’s still one of the most successful (if not the most) coach in the franchise’s history. He also led the team to their first Western Conference Finals in 2013
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SIDNEY HOWE – the current assistant coach for Detroit Pistons coached the Grizzlies from 2001-03. He resigned after losing his first 8 games in 2002-03 season. In the 2000-01 season, he coached 82 games, won 23 and lost 59. The following season, he coached 90 games, won 23 and lost 67.

HUBIE BROWN – currently a television analyst, Hubert became head coach for the Grizzlies after a 16 year break in the 2002-03 season. Jerry West after firing Lowe hired Hubert amidst controversies; Hubert was the oldest NBA coach then (69). He finished the first season with a 28-46 record. However, in the 2003-04 season, Hubert turned the team’s luck around. The team finished with a 50-32 record and made the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s history.  Brown was also named NBA’s coach of the Year.  By the 2004-05 season, there were issues rising concerning his health and age. At some point, he was forced to delegate much work to his assistant coaches, including his son, Brendan Brown. This would lead to an incident between Brendan and Jason William when Williams snapped at Brendan during the fourth quarter of a game. Hubert resigned on November 25, 2004, citing unexpected health-related issues.

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MIKE FRATELLO – Fratello took over after Hubie Brown resigned, making it the second time he took over after him in the NBA. In his first season, he inherited a 5-11 record but turned around to win 40 games and advance to the playoffs. He built on that record the following season to win 49 games and return to the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Before he departed in December 2006, his overall record with Memphis was 95-83.

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TONY BARONE – the coach and scout was appointed interim coach by Jerry West after Fratello’s departure. Before his appointment, he was the director of player personnel with the Grizzlies. He coached 52 games, won 16 and lost 36 before Hollins took over for his second. Barone died on June 25, 2019, aged 72.
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MARC IAVARONI – a former basketball player was announced as the Grizzlies’ head coach on May 30, 2007. His first season ended with a 22-60 record. He was fired on January 22, 2009 after an 11-30 start to the 2008-09 season

JOHNNY DAVIS – served as interim coach after Marc Iavaroni was fired. He managed only two games (which he lost) before Lionel Hollins (who happened to be his teammate on the 1997 Portland team) was named as head coach for the third time. Davis went back to his old job as an assistant coach with the Grizzlies.

DAVE JOERGER – David who most recently served as head coach of the Sacramento Kings, served as head coach for the Grizzlies from 2013 to 2016. He was first hired as an assistant coach by the Grizzlies for the 2007-08 season, when the NBA took notice of him having won five minor league championships. In 2001, he was promoted to lead assistant under Hollins and took over as the team’s defensive specialist. On June 27, 2013, he was hired as the Grizzlies’ head coach for the 2013-14 season. In his first year, Joerger was names Western Conference Coach of the month in January and later in April. He was fired after three seasons with the Grizzlies on May 7, 2016. In 246 games coached, he won 147 and lost 99.

DAVID FIZDALE – David was named as head coach for the Grizzlies on May 29, 2016. He led the Grizzlies to a 43-39 record in the 2016-17 season, reaching the Western Conference playoffs. In the 2017-18 season however, after a 7-12 start including eight consecutive losses, and a publicized fourth-quarter benching of Marc Gasol, Fizdale was fired from the team on November 27, 2017.

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JOHN-BLAIR BICKERSTAFF – currently the head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers was hired on June 8, 2016 as an associate head coach. On November 27, 2017, he was announced as the interim head coach. On May 1, 2018, he was announced as the new head coach for the Grizzlies. He was fired after failing to reach the playoffs on April 11, 2019. In the 2017-18 season, he finished with a 15-48 record and a 33-49 record the following season.

TAYLOR JENKINS – current head coach, hired on June 11, 2019. He was named the Western Conference’s Coach of the Month for January in February 2020, after leading the Grizzlies to a 11-4 record in January.

So, there we have it. The head coaches (and interims) the Grizzlies have hired since they were established.

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