Larry Brown

Larry Brown (born September 14, 1940)

Teams coached: Denver Nuggets, UCLA Bruins, New Jersey Nets, Kansas Jayhawks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Charlotte Bobcats, SMU Mustangs
UCLA record: 37-16 (.698) **
Kansas record: 135-44 (.754)
SMU record: 94-39 (.707)
Overall record^: 266-99 (.729) **

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-2022 Memphis (asst)
2018 Auxilium Torino
2012-2016 SMU
2008-2010 Charlotte Bobcats
2005-2006 New York Knicks
2003-2005 Detroit Pistons
1997-2003 Philadelphia 76ers
1993-1997 Indiana Pacers
1992-1993 Los Angeles Clippers
1988-1992 San Antonio Spurs
1983-1988 Kansas
1981-1983 New Jersey Nets
1979-1981 UCLA
1974-1979 Denver Nuggets
1972-1974 Carolina Cougars
1965-1967 North Carolina (asst)

Larry Brown Facts

  • Lawrence Harvey Brown
  • Born September 14, 1940
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • Alma Mater: University of North Carolina (1960-63)
  • Attended and played PG at Long Beach High School in Lido Beach, New York
    • Won a gold medal with Team USA at the 1961 Maccabiah Games in Israel
  • Played for the UNC Tar Heels under legendary head coaches Frank McGuire and Dean Smith
    • Won a gold medal as a player with the United States at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan
    • Served as an assistant coach under Smith for two seasons after graduating
  • Prior to becoming a head coach, Brown spent five seasons playing in ABA for three different franchises
  • First head coaching roles were with the Carolina Cougars of the ABA and then the Denver Nuggets (ABA and NBA)
  • Spent two seasons as the head coach at UCLA, winning 37 games there
    • Finished as NCAA Runner-up in 1980, though their NCAAT results were later vacated by the NCAA after two players were found to be ineligible
  • Returned to the NBA to coach the New Jersey Nets for two seasons
  • Coached at Kansas for five seasons, winning 135 games and going to the NCAA Tournament all five years
  • Spent the next 22 years coaching in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Charlotte Bobcats
    • Reached the NBA Playoffs 15 times, with three trips to the NBA Finals and one NBA title (with the 2004 Detroit Pistons)
  • Was the head coach for four years at SMU, finishing as NIT Runner-up in 2014 and appearing in the 2015 NCAA Tournament
    • Brown and SMU received NCAA sanctions due to academic fraud from a former administrative assistant
    • In July 2016, Brown resigned from his role as head coach
  • In June 2018, Brown accepted an offer to be head coach of Auxilium Torino from Italy’s Lega Basket Serie A (LBA)
    • Parted ways with the organization midway through the 2018-19 season, with a record of 5-19
  • In July 2021, Brown joined the coaching staff of Penny Hardaway at Memphis, his first collegiate assistant job since 1967
    • Changed roles to special advisor in 2022 but later that year stepped down from his position due to health concerns
  • Assistant for the United States during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, who won the gold medal
  • Coached the United States to a bronze medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece
  • Only head coach to win both an NBA Title and a NCAA National Championship
  • Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1994

Larry Brown Coaching Tree

  • Randy Ayers (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Bill Bayno (Loyola Marymount, UNLV)
  • Chauncey Billups (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Bill Blair (Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets)
  • Tad Boyle (Colorado, Northern Colorado)
  • John Calipari (Arkansas, Kentucky, Memphis, New Jersey Nets, UMass)
  • Maurice Cheeks (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Speedy Claxton (Hofstra)
  • Billy Cunningham (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Johnny Dawkins (UCF, Stanford)
  • Bo Ellis (Chicago State)
  • Mike Evans (Denver Nuggets)
  • Larry Farmer (Loyola IL, Weber State, UCLA)
  • Alvin Gentry (New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat)
  • Sidney Green (Florida Atlantic, North Florida, Southampton)
  • Darvin Ham (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Penny Hardaway (Memphis)
  • Gar Heard (Washington Wizards)
  • Bob Hill (Seattle SuperSonics, Fordham, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, NY Knicks)
  • Fred Hoiberg (Nebraska, Chicago Bulls, Iowa State)
  • Michael Holton (Portland)
  • Juwan Howard (Michigan)
  • Lindsey Hunter (Mississippi Valley State, Phoenix Suns)
  • George Irvine (Detroit Pistons)
  • Dan Issel (Denver Nuggets)
  • Tim Jankovich (SMU)
  • John Kuester (Detroit Pistons, George Washington, Boston University)
  • Danny Manning (Maryland, Wake Forest, Tulsa)
  • Ryan Marks (St. Francis IL, UT-Pan American, St. Edward’s, Southern Vermont)
  • Aaron McKie (Temple)
  • Doug Moe (Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs)
  • Kevin Ollie (Connecticut)
  • Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Kevin Pritchard (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Doc Rivers (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, LA Clippers, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic)
  • John Robic (Youngstown State)
  • Scott Roth (Iowa Wolves, Bakersfield Jam)
  • Mike Schuler (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Byron Scott (LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey Nets)
  • Bill Self (Kansas, Illinois, Tulsa, Oral Roberts)
  • Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz, Austin Toros, Missouri)
  • Jerry Stackhouse (Vanderbilt, Raptors 905)
  • Rod Strickland (LIU)
  • Monte Towe (New Orleans)
  • Mark Turgeon (Maryland, Texas A&M, Wichita State, Jacksonville State)
  • KT Turner (UT Arlington)
  • Jan van Breda Kolff (St. Bonaventure, Pepperdine, Vanderbilt, Cornell)
  • Kiki VanDeWeghe (New Jersey Nets)
  • Donnie Walsh (Denver Nuggets)
  • Rex Walters (San Francisco, Florida Atlantic)
  • Monty Williams (Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans)
  • Mike Woodson (Indiana, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks)


^ overall record includes only collegiate head coaching positions

** Listed accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA.