Trail Blazers Name Terry Stotts Head CoachAugust 7, 2012 - NBA Development League (D-League) Idaho Stampede
An 18-year coaching veteran, Stotts most recently served as an assistant coach with Dallas for four seasons from 2008-12. Under head coach Rick Carlisle, Stotts helped lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship.
Stotts' first season as Head Coach of the Blazers will be the team's first under their new single-team affiliation with the Idaho Stampede.
"We are thrilled the Blazers have hired Terry Stotts as their Head Coach," said Stampede President and General Manager Steve Brandes. "Our organization is thrilled Portland has hired someone with an NBA Championship to help bring another title to Rip City. The entire Stampede organization, ownership group and fan base wishes the best for Terry, and in addition, we hope that his leadership helps the Stampede bring another D-League title to Idaho."
Stotts, 54, has twice served as an NBA head coach, with two-year stints in both Milwaukee (2005-07) and Atlanta (2002-04). He has compiled an overall head coaching record of 115-168 (.406).
"I'm very pleased to be a part of a great franchise in a beautiful city with such a proud history," said Stotts. "I look forward to working hard with Neil and our players toward the ultimate goal of bringing another championship to Portland."
During his two seasons with Milwaukee, Stotts guided the Bucks to a 63-83 (.432) mark, including a playoff appearance in 2006. Stotts replaced Lon Kruger as head coach of the Hawks on Dec. 26, 2002, and accumulated a record of 52-85 (.380) in two seasons with Atlanta.
In between head coaching positions, Stotts worked as the lead assistant to Mike Montgomery at Golden State during the 2004-05 season.
Before becoming a head coach, Stotts served as an assistant under George Karl for 10 years, six with Seattle and four with Milwaukee. Those teams reached the postseason in nine of 10 seasons, including Seattle's NBA Finals appearance in 1996. A four-year starter at the University of Oklahoma, Stotts was selected by Houston in the second round of the 1980 NBA Draft. He played professionally for several seasons in Europe and with the CBA's Montana Golden Nuggets, coached by Karl. A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Stotts grew up in Illinois, Wisconsin, Guam and finished high school in Bloomington, Indiana. Stotts is married to his wife, Jan.
NBA Development League Stories from August 7, 2012
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