Randy Ayers

Randy Ayers (born April 16, 1956)

Teams coached: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State record: 126-106 (.543)
Overall record^: 126-106 (.543)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1991, 1992)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  2  (1991, 1992)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1993)
  • Big Ten Regular Season Champion:  2  (1991, 1992)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Phoenix Suns (asst)
2010-2015 New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (asst)
2009-2010 Philadelphia 76ers (asst)
2007-2009 Washington Wizards (asst)
2005-2007 Orlando Magic (asst)
2003-2004 Philadelphia 76ers
1997-2003 Philadelphia 76ers (asst)
1989-1997 Ohio State
1984-1989 Ohio State (asst)
1982-1984 Army (asst)
1978-1982 Miami (OH) (asst)

Randy Ayers Facts

  • Randall Duane Ayers
  • Born April 16, 1956
  • Hometown: Springfield, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: Miami University (BA, 1978 & M.Ed, 1981)
  • After a stellar career at North HS (OH), including Class AAA POY honors in 1974, played for Darrell Hedric at Miami (OH)
    • Drafted in the 3rd round (53rd overall) of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, but did not play in the league
    • Spent one season playing for the Reno Bighorns of the WBA, where his head coach was Bill Musselman
  • Started his coaching career as an assistant at Miami (OH) under Hedric while also earning his masters degree
  • Spent two years an as assistant at Army under Les Wothke and then five assisting Eldon Miller and Gary Williams at Ohio State
  • Took over at OSU in 1989 and by his second year, the Buckeyes were Big Ten champs and made a run to the Sweet Sixteen
    • The team was led for Ayers’ first three seasons by two-time Big Ten POY Jim Jackson
    • Ayers was given numerous national coaching awards after the 1990-91 season
    • Buckeyes returned to the NCAA Tournament a year later, making it to the Elite Eight, but did not win more than 15 games in any of the remaining five seasons of Ayers’ tenure
  • Made the jump to the NBA in 1997, joining Larry Brown‘s staff with the Philadelphia 76ers
    • Ayers would serve as the head coach of the Sixers for most of one season following Brown’s departure in 2003, accruing a 21-31 record before being let go
  • Since then, Ayers has been an NBA assistant in Orlando, Washington, Philadelphia and most recently in New Orleans
    • He has worked for head coaches Brian Hill, Eddie Jordan, Ed Tapscott and Monty Williams
    • In 2019, after several years out of coaching, Ayers was hired by Monty Williams to be an assistant with the Phoenix Suns
  • In 2013, Ayers was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Along with his wife, Carol, has two sons

Randy Ayers Coaching Tree

  • Willie Green (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Chris Jent (Bakersfield Jam)
  • Aaron McKie (Temple)


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