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Lloyd Pierce

LLloyd Pierce completed in 2019-20 his second   season as the Atlanta Hawks’ head coach, after being named the 13th full-time head coach in team history on May 11, 2018. 

Announced on Oct. 11, 2018, an assistant coach for the USA Men's National Team, Pierce assisted USA and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich with the 2019 USA National Team that competed in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, and will again be part of Popovich's coaching staff for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan (July 23-Aug. 8, 2020).

“It's an honor to receive this opportunity to represent our country and to work with such great coaches and staff,” said Pierce. “My family and I are excited about and committed to enjoying this journey.”          

Completing in 2018-19 his first season as an NBA head coach, Pierce led the club to a five win improvement over 2017-18, and he and his staff were instrumental in the development of All-Rookie team members Kevin Huerter and Trae Young, with Young earning unanimous First Team honors.

Following the All-Star break, Atlanta was second in the NBA in points per game (119.9), three- pointers (366) and three-pointers per game (15.3), fifth in rebounds per game (48.8), seventh in steals per game (7.96), rebounds (1,172) and assists (639), and 10th in steals (191). For the season, the Hawks led the NBA in pace (104.56) and set a franchise record, knocking down 1,067 three-pointers.

Pierce, 44, came to the Hawks following five years as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers, who finished the 2017-18 season third in the Eastern Conference with a 52-30 mark and advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Under Pierce’s guidance that year, the Sixers’ defense led the NBA in field goal percentage defense (.434), ranked second in 3-point percentage allowed (.342) and was third in defensive rating (102.0). Two Philadelphia players, Robert Covington (First Team) and Joel Embiid (Second Team), earned NBA All-Defensive Selections. 

Pierce joined the Sixers after two seasons with Memphis, where he was assistant coach- player development, helping lead the Grizzlies to back-to-back playoff appearances and the Western Conference Finals in 2013.

He spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors after three years as assistant coach-player development with Cleveland (2007-10), where the Cavaliers made three playoff appearances and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009.

Prior to his NBA coaching career, Pierce was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Santa Clara University, from 2002-07. The San Jose, California native played four seasons for the Broncos, where he teamed with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and current Atlanta assistant coach, Marlon Garnett. Pierce graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management in 1998.

He and his wife, Melissa, have a daughter, Maya Joy, born in August 2018.

Lloyd Pierce USA Basketball Coaching Synopsis

2019 USA World Cup Team Assistant Coach 6-2 .750 Seventh Place
2019 USA National Team Assistant Coach 3-1 .750 N/A
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