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List of Boston Celtics head coaches

Brad Stevens is the Boston Celtics' current head coach.

The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is owned by Wycliffe Grousbeck and coached by Brad Stevens, with Danny Ainge as the general manager.[1] Founded in 1946, their 17 NBA Championships are the most for any NBA franchise,[1] and their eight consecutive NBA championships from 1959 to 1966 represent the longest consecutive championship winning streak of any North American professional sports team to date. They play their home games in the TD Garden.[1]

There have been 17 head coaches for the Boston Celtics franchise. The Celtics won their first NBA championship in the 1957 NBA Finals under the coaching of Red Auerbach. Auerbach is the franchise's all-time leader in the number of regular-season and playoff wins as a coach.[2] Auerbach and Bill Fitch were included in the Top 10 Coaches in NBA history.[3] Fitch was the 1979–80 NBA Coach of the Year and also led the Celtics to a championship that year. Auerbach led the Celtics to nine championships, in 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1966. He was also the 1965–65 Coach of the Year. K.C. Jones led the Celtics to two championships, in 1984 and 1986. Alvin Julian and Auerbach have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches.[4][5]

Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn, Tom Sanders, Dave Cowens, K.C. Jones, Chris Ford and M. L. Carr have played and coached for the Celtics. John Russell, Alvin Julian, Heinsohn, Sanders, Carr, and John Carroll spent their entire coaching career with the Celtics. Doc Rivers, led the team to one NBA championship.[1]

Key

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Celtics
dagger Elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach
*dagger Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach and
spent entire coaching career with the Celtics

Coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2014–15 season.

Red Auerbach led the franchise to 9 NBA Championships in 16 seasons.
Former head coach Doc Rivers led the team to the NBA Championship in 2008.
# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Russell, JohnJohn Russell* 19461948 108 42 66 .389 3 1 2 .333 [6]
2 Julian, AlvinAlvin Julian*dagger 19481950 128 47 81 .367 [4]
3 Auerbach, RedRed Auerbachdagger 19501966 1192 910 450 .669 148 90 58 .608 9 Championships (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961,
1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
1964–65 NBA Coach of the Year
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[3]
[5]
4 Russell, BillBill Russell 19661969 (as player-coach) 245 162 83 .661 18 12 6 .667 2 Championships (1968, 1969) [7]
5 Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn* 19691978 690 427 263 .619 80 47 33 .588 1972–73 NBA Coach of the Year
2 Championships (1974, 1976)
[8]
6 Sanders, TomTom Sanders* 1978 62 23 39 .371 [9]
7 Cowens, DaveDave Cowens 1978–1979 (as player-coach) 68 27 41 .397 [10]
8 Fitch, BillBill Fitch 19791983 328 242 86 .738 45 26 19 .578 1 Championship (1981)
1979–80 NBA Coach of the year
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[3]
[11]
9 Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones 19831988 410 308 102 .751 102 56 37 .602 2 Championships (1984, 1986) [12]
10 Rodgers, JimmyJimmy Rodgers 19881990 164 94 70 .573 8 2 6 .250 [13]
11 Ford, ChrisChris Ford 19901995 410 222 188 .541 29 13 16 .448 [14]
12 Carr, M. L.M. L. Carr* 19951997 164 48 116 .293 [15]
13 Pitino, RickRick Pitinodagger 19972001 248 102 146 .411 [16]
14 O'Brien, JimJim O'Brien 20012004 258 139 119 .539 26 13 13 .500 [17]
15 Carroll, JohnJohn Carroll* 2004 36 14 22 .389 4 0 4 .000 [18]
16 Rivers, DocDoc Rivers 20042013 721 416 305 .577 104 58 46 .558 1 Championship (2008) [19]
17 Stevens, BradBrad Stevens* 2013–present 164 65 99 .396 4 0 4 .000 [20]

Notes

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Celtics. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular Celtics season.

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