Wednesday , Jul , 07 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks to name Woodson new head coach

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks are expected to name Mike
Woodson as their new head coach during a Thursday afternoon press conference.
He will reportedly receive a four-year guaranteed contract.

Woodson — an 11-year veteran of the NBA — recently served as an assistant
coach for the Detroit Pistons, who captured their third NBA championship last

The 47-year-old spent the last three seasons with the Pistons and
Philadelphia 76ers under the guidance of Larry Brown. He has also been an
assistant coach with 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 Hawks have 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 for the
position several weeks ago.

The newspaper said Woodson and Knight, who were teammates more than 20 years
ago with the Kansas City Kings, share similar basketball philosophies.