Mike Dunleavy

Mike Dunleavy, Sr. (born March 21, 1954)

Teams coached: Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Tulane Green Wave
Tulane record: 24-69 (.258)
Overall record^: 24-69 (.258)

Career Accomplishments:

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


  • NBA Coach of the Year:  1  (1999)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2016-2019 Tulane
2003-2010 Los Angeles Clippers
1997-2001 Portland Trail Blazers
1992-1996 Milwaukee Bucks
1990-1992 Los Angeles Lakers
1988-1990 Milwaukee Bucks (asst)

Mike Dunleavy Facts

  • Michael Joseph Dunleavy, Sr.
  • Born March 21, 1954
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • Alma Mater: University of South Carolina (1976)
  • Played at South Carolina under head coach Frank McGuire; taken by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1976 NBA Draft (6th round)
  • Played professionally for the 76ers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks before joining the Bucks coaching staff as an assistant in 1988 (under head coach was Del Harris)
    • Dunleavy also filled in as a Bucks player seven times during his two-year run as an assistant
    • Besides Harris, coaches Dunleavy played for include Gene Shue, Tom Nissalke, Stan Albeck and Don Nelson
  • Spent 17 seasons as an NBA head coach with the Lakers, Bucks, Trail Blazers and Clippers, compiling a 613-716 overall record
    • Reached the NBA Finals in his first season as Lakers head coach, where his team lost to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls
    • Went to two straight Western Conference Finals as the Trail Blazers head coach in 1999 and 2000
  • Hired as the head coach at Tulane in 2016, after six years away from coaching
    • Fired in March 2019 after three seasons, going 24-69 during that stretch with two seasons of 6 or less wins
  • Along with his wife, Emily, has three sons
    • One of his sons – Mike, Jr. – was an AP All-American at Duke and was drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the 3rd overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft
    • Another son, Baker, was on the Villanova staff for seven years and is now the head coach at Quinnipiac

Mike Dunleavy Coaching Tree

  • Chucky Brown (Saint Augustine’s)
  • Tony Brown (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Butch Carter (Toronto Raptors)
  • Larry Drew (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Kim Hughes (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Walter McCarty (Evansville)
  • Doug Overton (Lincoln PA, Springfield Armor)
  • Randy Pfund (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Donald Reyes (Loyola LA)
  • Byron Scott (Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey Nets)
  • Todd Day (Philander Smith)
  • Damon Stoudamire (Pacific)
  • Rod Strickland (LIU)
  • Bonzi Wells (LeMoyne-Owen)


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