Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy (born August 26, 1959)

Teams coached: Castleton Spartans, UMass Lowell River Hawks, Wisconsin Badgers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Pelicans
Castleton record^: 68-18 (.791)
UMass Lowell record^: 54-60 (.474)
Wisconsin record: 13-14 (.481)
Overall record^: 135-92 (.595)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Mayflower (NAIA) Regular Season Champion: (1984, 1985)
  • Mayflower (NAIA) Tournament Champion: (1985)
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1985)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2020-2021 New Orleans Pelicans
2014-2018 Detroit Pistons
2007-2012 Orlando Magic
2003-2005 Miami Heat
1995-2003 Miami Heat (asst)
1994-1995 Wisconsin
1992-1994 Wisconsin (asst)
1988-1992 UMass Lowell
1987-1988 Fordham (asst)
1986-1987 Canisius (asst)
1983-1986 Castleton
1981-1983 Vermont (asst)

Stan Van Gundy Facts

  • Stanley Alan Van Gundy
  • Born August 26, 1959
  • Hometown: Indio, California
  • Alma Mater: SUNY-Brockport (BA, 1981)
  • His father, Bill, was a basketball coach, as was his younger brother, Jeff, who coached the Rockets and Knicks
  • After graduating from Alhambra HS (CA) in the Bay Area, Van Gundy played for his father at D-III Brockport State (NY)
  • Started coaching right away, spending two years on Bill Whitmore’s staff as an assistant at Vermont
  • Became the head coach at NAIA Castleton (VT) in 1983, going 68-18 in three seasons at the helm
    • Won the Mayflower Conference title twice and earned a berth in the 1985 NAIA Tournament
  • Left in 1986 and spent two years assisting Nick Macarchuk – one each at Canisius and Fordham
  • Became the head coach at (then D-III) UMass Lowell, going 54-60 in four seasons at the helm
  • Joined Stu Jackson‘s staff at Wisconsin in 1992, serving as one of his assistants for two seasons
    • Took over as the Badgers’ head coach for the 1994-95, going 13-14 (7-11 Big Ten)
  • Made the jump to the NBA in 1995, spending the rest of his coaching career in the professional ranks
    • Was an assistant with the Miami Heat for eight seasons, working under head coach Pat Riley
  • Became the Heat’s head coach in 2003, going 112-73 in two-plus seasons and reaching the NBA Playoffs twice
    • Resigned 21 games into the 2005-06 season; the Heat would go on to win the NBA Championship under Pat Riley
  • Hired as head coach of the Orlando Magic in 2007, leading the team for five seasons
    • Reached the Playoffs yesterday, going all the way to the NBA Finals in 2009 (lost to the Lakers in 5)
    • Fired in 2012, reportedly to appease star player Dwight Howard, who would request a trade despite the coaching change
  • After several years away, Van Gundy spent four years as head coach at President of Basketball Ops with the Detroit Pistons
    • Was not as successful in Detroit, making the Playoffs just once – a First Round exit in 2016
  • Returned again to the NBA sidelines in 2020, becoming the new head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans
    • Went 31-41 and missed the Playoffs, then parted ways with the franchise in June 2021
  • Van Gundy, like his brother Jeff, has worked as a television analyst on-and-off throughout his NBA career

Stan Van Gundy Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division III and NAIA levels only; note that UMass Lowell was a D-III program during Van Gundy’s tenure as head coach