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Through the Years: Gregg Popovich

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A 1970 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Gregg Popovich played four seasons at the Air Force Academy and was the team captain and leading scorer as a senior. After graduation, he played for the U.S. Armed Forces Team and earned an invitation to the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team trials. He is pictured here at the USA Men’s National Team training camp in August 2019 in California.

Through the Years: Gregg Popovich

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Before he was named as the San Antonio Spurs head coach in December 1996, Gregg Popovich served as an assistant coach at the United States Air Force Academy, as head coach at Pomona-Pitzer (California), as a volunteer assistant at Kansas and as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. From May 1994 to July 2002, he was the Spurs executive vice president of basketball operations/general manager. He is pictured here with Vince Carter during the 2003 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Through the Years: Gregg Popovich

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Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs for 24 seasons (1996-97 to present) and has led the Spurs to five NBA Championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014) and has been named NBA Coach of the Year three times (2003, 2012 and 2014).

Through the Years: Gregg Popovich

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Gregg Popovich's first coaching assignment for USA Basketball was as an assistant for the 2002 USA World Cup Team. He is pictured here with USA guard Baron Davis during that event.

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At the 2003 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Gregg Popovich assisted the USA to a 10-0 record, the gold medal and a berth into the 2004 Olympics. He is pictured here speaking to Richard Jefferson, a member of that 2003 team.

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Gregg Popovich served as an assistant on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team coaching staff. Larry Brown (right) was the USA head coach in 2004 and was the San Antonio Spurs head coach when Popovich first was a Spurs assistant coach.

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2016 USA Men’s Select Team head coach Gregg Popovich (left) and USA Basketball Men’s National Team head coach Mike Krzyzewski converse during training camp.

Through the Years: Gregg Popovich

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USA Select Team head coach Gregg Popovich speaks to his team during practice in 2016.

Through the Years: Gregg Popovich

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Coach Gregg Popovich and Julius Randle of the USA Men's Select Team talk during practice at UNLV in 2016.

Through the Years: Gregg Popovich

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Pictured here alongside USA Basketball Men’s National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo (left), Gregg Popovich was named as the USA Men's National Team head coach for 2017-2020 quadrennium on Oct. 23, 2015.

Through the Years: Gregg Popovich

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Gregg Popovich first took the court as the USA Men’s National Team head coach at the 2018 minicamp in Las Vegas. He is pictured here with Jeff Van Gundy, who was the 2017-19 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team head coach.

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Even coaches need to stretch before starting practice. Myles Turner (left), USA National Team coach Gregg Popovich and Kemba Walker (right) warm up prior to a 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team practice.

Through the Years: Gregg Popovich

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Ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gregg Popovich led the 2019 USA National Team to a 3-1 exhibition record. More than 100,000 spectators attended the USA's two games against Australia at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. He is pictured here at Marvel Stadium with USA team member Khris Middleton.

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With Coach Popovich at the helm for the USA at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the USA played eight games in four different cities in China.

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USA head coach Gregg Popovich had a big fan following in China. While in Shenzhen, he took time out to take a couple of photos with delighted fans.

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Gregg Popovich next will lead the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team at the Tokyo Olympic Games that will be played July 23-Aug. 8, 2021.

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