Announced on Oct. 11, 2018, an assistant coach for the 2019-20 USA Men's National Team, Steve Kerr will assist USA and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich with the USA National Team in 2019-20, which will include the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China (Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 2019) and, if the USA qualifies, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan (July 24-Aug. 9, 2020).
"This is an incredible opportunity and one I’m extremely grateful for," said Kerr. "I had the good fortune to participate in our USA Basketball program as an amateur, and to have the chance to return to the world stage three decades later and work under Pop, one of my former coaches and a mentor, is a tremendous honor."
Completing his fifth season as an NBA head coach in 2018-19, Kerr has guided the Golden State Warriors to three NBA championships, five-consecutive NBA Finals appearances, the NBA’s single-season mark for wins (73 in 2015-16), the NBA’s best single-season playoff record (16-1), which included a playoff-record 15-game win streak to begin the 2017 NBA Playoffs, an NBA Coach of the Year award in 2015-16 and the three winningest seasons in franchise history.
In his five seasons as the Warriors head coach, Golden State has compiled a remarkable 322-88 regular season record for a sterling .785 winning percentage, while compiling a 77-28 record (.733 winning percentage) in the NBA Playoffs.
Kerr, who won five NBA championships during a 15-year playing career, now owns eight championships as a player and coach, joining a list of those with multiple titles as both player and coach that includes Phil Jackson (two player/11 coach), KC Jones (eight player/two coach), Tommy Heinsohn (eight player/two coach) and Bill Russell (11 player/two coach).
Kerr is just the third coach in NBA history to win three championships in his first four seasons at the helm, joining Phil Jackson (1991, 1992, 1993) and John Kundla (1949, 1950, 1952) as the only coaches to do so.
Under Kerr, Golden State became the first team in NBA history to win at least 65 games in three consecutive campaigns (67, 73, 67), owning the league’s best record outright in three-straight seasons—the first team to do so since the Boston Celtics from 1983-84 to 1985-86.
On March 28, 2017, Kerr earned his 200th regular-season coaching victory in just his 238th career game, reaching the 200-win plateau in fewer games than any coach in professional sports history.
Kerr owns 30 years of NBA experience as a player, coach, television analyst and front office executive, including a three-year stint (2007-10) as president of basketball operations and general manager for the Phoenix Suns. During his time as the Suns GM, the club posted a 155-91 (.630) record and earned a pair of playoff berths, including a trip to the 2010 Western Conference Finals.
The NBA’s all-time 3-point percentage leader, having converted on 45.4 percent (726-of-1599) of his attempts, Kerr amassed career averages of 6.0 points, 1.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds per contest in 910 regular-season games with the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers.
Kerr originally was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round (50th overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona. He capped his collegiate career as a senior in 1988 by helping lead the Wildcats to their first Final Four appearance. An All-Pacific 10 Conference guard in both 1986 and 1988, he remains the school’s career leader in 3-point percentage (57.3 percent).
Kerr also was a member of the USA Basketball team that captured the 1986 World Championship title in Madrid, the last American men’s senior team composed strictly of amateur players to capture a gold medal. Kerr averaged 9.2 points a game and sank 18-of-36 3-point tries. A finalist for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team, Kerr also was a member of the 1988 USA Select Team that finished 6-0 during a European tour.
Kerr and his wife Margot have three children: Nick, Maddy and Matthew.