Jeff Bower

Jeff Bower (born April 26, 1961)

Teams coached: New Orleans Pelicans, Marist Red Foxes
Marist record: 12-19 (.387)
Overall record^: 12-19 (.387)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2013-2014 Marist
2009-2010 New Orleans Pelicans
2003-2004 New Orleans Hornets (asst)
1998-1999 Charlotte Hornets (asst)
1990-1995 Marist (assoc. HC)
1986-1990 Marist (asst)
1983-1986 Penn State (asst)

Jeff Bower Facts

  • Jeffrey Bower
  • Born April 26, 1961
  • Hometown: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Saint Francis University (BA, 1983)
  • Started his coaching career as an assistant at Penn State under head coach Bruce Parkhill
  • Next he worked on the staff at Marist under Dave Magarity for nine seasons, including five as associate head coach
  • Left Marist in 1995 to become a scout for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA; in 1997 he was promoted to Director of Scouting
    • Spent the 1998-99 season as an assistant under Hornets’ head coach Dave Cowens
    • Returned to the front office, serving as assistant GM for two years and then the GM for two years
    • Later spent another season as an assistant with the then-New Orleans Hornets under Tim Floyd
    • Spent one year as Director of Player Personnel (2003-04) and then again served as GM from 2005-10
    • After firing Byron Scott nine games into the 2009-10 season, Bower took over himself and went 34-39 over the rest of the year
    • Bower hired Monty Williams as head coach in 2010 before mutually parting ways with the franchise
  • Returned to Marist in 2013 to be the head coach of the Red Foxes; went 12-19 (9-11) that season at the helm
    • The following off season, he decide to go back to the NBA and became the GM of the Detroit Pistons
  • Spent four years as the Pistons’ GM (2014-18), then spent three seasons as Senior VP of Basketball Ops with the Phoenix Suns (2019-22)

Jeff Bower Coaching Tree

  • Brian Adams (Agua Caliente Clippers)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only