Jeff Bzdelik

Jeff Bzdelik (born December 1, 1952)

Teams coached: UMBC Retrievers, Denver Nuggets, Air Force Falcons, Colorado Buffaloes, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
UMBC record: 25-31 (.446)
Air Force record: 50-16 (.758)
Colorado record: 36-58 (.383)
Wake Forest record: 51-76 (.402)
Overall record^: 162-181 (.472)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2006)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (2007)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present New Orleans Pelicans (assoc. HC)
2016-2019 Houston Rockets (asst)
2014-2016 Memphis Grizzlies (asst)
2010-2014 Wake Forest
2007-2010 Colorado
2005-2007 Air Force
2002-2004 Denver Nuggets
1995-2001 Miami Heat (asst)
1988-1994 Washington Bullets (asst)
1986-1988 UMBC
1980-1986 Northwestern (asst)
1978-1980 Davidson (asst)

Jeff Bzdelik Facts

  • Jeffrey Joseph Bzdelik
  • Born December 1, 1952
  • Hometown: Mount Prospect, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: University of Illinois at Chicago (BA, 1976)
  • The Chicago area native played for head coaches Tom Russo and Ed McQuillan
  • First coaching jobs were as an assistant at Davidson (under Eddie Biedenbach) and Northwestern (under Rich Falk)
  • Spent two seasons as the head coach at UMBC, then a Division I Independent, going 25-31
  • Moved onto the pro ranks in 1988, spending the next 14 years as an NBA assistant or scout
    • Worked for head coaches Wes Unseld (WAS), Pat Riley (NYK & MIA) and Mike Evans (DEN)
    • Spent two and a half years as the head coach in Denver, going 73-119 during that span
      • Reached the 2004 NBA Playoffs but was eliminated in the first round
      • Fired in December 2004 following a 13-15 start to the season
  • Hired in 2005 to be the head coach at Air Force Academy
    • Went an impressive 50-16 in two seasons at Air Force
    • Reached the only NCAA Tournament (2006) and NIT (2007) of his career
  • Went 51-76 in three seasons at the helm at Colorado, failing to finish above .500 in any season
  • Hired away from Colorado in 2010, spending the next four seasons as head coach at Wake Forest
    • Improved the Demon Deacons from an 8-win team in year one to a 17-16 campaign in year four
    • Resigned in March 2014 with an overall 51-76 record and no postseason berths
  • Returned to the NBA that same year, spending two seasons as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies
    • Worked for one year each under head coaches David Fizdale and J.B. Bickerstaff
  • Joined Mike D’Antoni’s staff with the Houston Rockets in 2016
    • Announced his retirement in 2018 but ultimately decided to work with the Rockets for the 2018-19 season
  • Became associate head coach for defense on Alvin Gentry’s staff with the New Orleans Pelicans
  • Along with his wife, Nina, has one son and one daughter

Jeff Bzdelik Coaching Tree


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