Wednesday , Jul , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Sonics to hire Carlesimo as head coach

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics are reportedly
set to hire P.J. Carlesimo as their new head coach.

The San Antonio Express-News, citing an NBA source, says the Sonics are
expected to announce Carlesimo’s hiring Thursday.

Carlesimo has spent the last five seasons as an assistant under Spurs head
coach Gregg Popovich.

After 19 seasons as a head coach on the collegiate level, Carlesimo made the
jump to the NBA when he was named the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers
in the summer of 1994. Carlesimo guided the Trail Blazers to the playoffs for
three straight seasons before he was hired by Golden State.

However, Carlesimo ran into conflict and losing with the Warriors, most
notably the strangling incident with Latrell Sprewell, who was the team’s star
player at the time.

He was fired as Warriors head coach in late December of 1999.

Carlesimo spent four seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Fordham
University, before he was named the head coach at New Hampshire College in
1975. He spent one season with New Hampshire before becoming the head coach at
Wagner College, where he spent six seasons. Carlesimo then made the jump to
Seton Hall University, where he served as head coach for 12 seasons, from 1982
to 1994.

Carlesimo has a collegiate coaching record of 291-272, and has a professional
record of 183-222.

The Sonics need to replace Bob Hill, who was ousted as head coach after the
season. Seattle finished 31-51 last season, losing its last five games while
posting the second worst record in the Western Conference. This was Seattle’s
worst mark for a full season since an identical 31-51 mark in 1985-86.