Hawks to name Woodson new head coach
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks announced Wednesday that
they are expected to name Mike Woodson as their new head coach. The deal is
a four-year guaranteed contract, but financial terms were not released.
Atlanta will formally introduce Woodson during a Thursday 3:00 p.m. (et) press
Woodson — an 11-year veteran of the NBA — served on as an assistant coach
for the Detroit Pistons, who won their third NBA championship last month.
The 47-year-old spent the last three seasons with the Pistons and the
Philadelphia 76ers under the guidance of Larry Brown. He has also been an
assistant coach in Milwaukee and Cleveland.
Woodson will replace Terry Stotts, who was fired as the Hawks’ head coach on
May 6 after a 52-85 record in 1 1/2 seasons. Woodson will become the 10th
coach since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1968.
Atlanta is in the process of rebuilding after the club has missed the playoffs
in each of the last five seasons. The club has just five players under
contract and four incoming draft picks, including first-round selection Josh
Childress from Stanford.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Hawks general manager Billy
Knight also interviewed Indiana Pacers associate head coach Mike Brown, Dallas
Mavericks assistant Del Harris, former Phoenix Suns head coach John MacLeod,
Seattle SuperSonics associate head coach Dwane Casey, former Cleveland and
Atlanta coach Mike Fratello and TNT studio analyst Kenny Smith several weeks
The newspaper said Woodson and Knight, who were teammates more than 20 years
ago with the Kansas City Kings, share similar basketball philosophies.