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Joe Prunty

Joe Prunty brought 23 years of experience in the NBA to USA Basketball as head coach of the February 2021 USA Men's AmeriCup Qualifying team. 


Serving as an assistant for the November 2020 USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team that finished 2-0, Prunty was tabbed head coach of the USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team for the third window - February 2021.


Under Prunty the USA defeated Bahamas 93-77 and Mexico 96-75 during the February 2021 window of games in San Juan Puerto Rico. The two wins improved the USA's qualifying record to a spotless 6-0 and earned the Americans a qualifying berth for the FIBA AmeriCup 2022. 


“This is a tremendous honor and an exciting opportunity,” said Prunty after being announced head coach of the USA team for the thid and final AmeriCup qualifying window. “It means a lot to me be a part of USA Basketball and represent our country.


He served as an assistant for the Phoenix Suns during the 2018-19 season and joined the Suns after working as interim head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks where he went 21-16 over the final 37 games of the 2017-18 season and pushed the Boston Celtics to seven games in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Prunty joined Milwaukee’s coach staff as an  assistant in 2014-15 and in his fourth season compiled an 8-9 record as interim head coach in 2015-16 after head coach Jason Kidd underwent hip surgery.


He also served as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets (2013-14), Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-2013), Portland Trail Blazers (2008-2010), Dallas Mavericks (2005-2008) and San Antonio Spurs (2000-2005). He began his NBA career as assistant video coordinator with San Antonio in 1996 and held multiple positions with the Spurs over the next nine years. 


NBA teams with Prunty as a part of their coaching staff qualified for 17 NBA playoffs in his 23 seasons, and he has been part of teams that have won three NBA Championships (1999, 2003, 2005), all as a member on the San Antonio Spurs staff. He also    advanced to the NBA Finals with Dallas in 2006. 


Prunty spent five summers as head coach of Great Britain’s national team from 2013-2017, qualifying for EuroBasket in 2013 and 2017.


Prunty also has high school and college coaching experience – coaching four years at the University of San Diego High School (Calif.), St. Augustine High School (Calif.), and at the University of San Diego. 


The Sunnyvale, California, native played collegiately at De Anza College and is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 


He and his wife, Laura, were married in 2002 and have a son, Luke, and daughter, Emma.


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