NBA Awards: Coach of the Year, Summary of Winners

This is the complete list of all the NBA coachs that won the Coach of the Year Award

Coaches with more awards:

Pat RileyPat RileyGregg Popovich
Pat Riley / Don Nelson
/ Gregg Popovich
3 awards each

NBA Awards: Coach of the Year

The best coach of the season is selected by a national panel of pro basketball writers and broadcasters. Since 1967 the trophy is called "Red Auerbach Trophy", named that way in honor to the former Boston Celtics coach who led the his team to 9 NBA titles.

Pat Riley, Don Nelson and Gregg Popovich won the Coach of the Year 3 times each. The really strange fact about this award is that Phil Jackson won it just once despite having led some of the best teams the NBA has ever seen to a total of 11 Championships.

More about the NBA Coach of the Year:
Year by Year / Coaches with more awards / Coach of the Year by Team


NBA Awards: Coach of the Year, Grouped by Coach:

Awards Coach of the Year Team Seasons
3 Don Nelson Milwaukee Bucks 1984-85 1982-83
Golden State Warriors 1991-92
3 Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs 2013-14 2011-12 2002-03
3 Pat Riley Los Angeles Lakers 1989-90
New York Knicks 1992-93
Miami Heat 1996-97
2 Hubie Brown Memphis Grizzlies 2003-04
Atlanta Hawks 1977-78
2 Bill Fitch Cleveland Cavaliers 1975-76
Boston Celtics 1979-80
2 Lowell "Cotton" Fitzsimmons Phoenix Suns 1988-89
Kansas City Kings 1978-79
2 Mike D'Antony Houston Rockets 2016-17
    Phoenix Suns 2004-05
2 Gene Shue Washington Bullets 1981-82
Baltimore Bullets 1968-69
1 Arnold "Red" Auerbach Boston Celtics 1964-65
1 Larry Bird Indiana Pacers 1997-98
1 Scott Brooks Oklahoma City Thunder 2009-10
1 Larry Brown Philadelphia 76ers 2000-01
1 Mike Brown Cleveland Cavaliers 2008-09
1 Mike Budenholzer Atlanta Hawks 2014-15
1 Rick Carlisle Detroit Pistons 2001-02
1 Don Chaney Houston Rockets 1990-91
1 Mike Dunleavy Portland Trail Blazers 1998-99
1 Mike Fratello Atlanta Hawks 1985-86
1 Harry Gallatin St. Louis Hawks 1962-63
1 Richie Guerin St. Louis Hawks 1967-68
1 Alex Hannum San Francisco Warriors 1963-64
1 Del Harris Los Angeles Lakers 1994-95
1 Tom Heinsohn Boston Celtics 1972-73
1 William "Red" Holzman New York Knicks 1969-70
1 Phil Jackson Chicago Bulls 1995-96
1 Avery Johnson Dallas Mavericks 2005-06
1 Phil Johnson Kansas City 1974-75
1 George Karl Denver Nuggets 2012-13
1 Johnny "Red" Kerr Chicago Bulls 1966-67
1 Steve Kerr Golden State Warriors 2015-16
1 Frank Layden Utah Jazz 1983-84
1 Jack McKinney Indiana Pacers 1980-81
1 Sam Mitchell Toronto Raptors 2006-07
1 Doug Moe Denver Nuggets 1987-88
1 Dick Motta Chicago Bulls 1970-71
1 Tom Nissalke Houston Rockets 1976-77
1 Glenn "Doc" Rivers Orlando Magic 1999-00
1 Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers 1965-66
1 Mike Schuler Portland Trail Blazers 1986-87
1 Bill Sharman Los Angeles Lakers 1971-72
1 Byron Scott New Orleans Hornets 2007-08
1 Ray Scott Detroit Pistons 1973-74
1 Tom Thibodeau Chicago Bulls 2010-11
1 Lenny Wilkens Atlanta Hawks 1993-94