Hawks will announce Lloyd Pierce as new coach on Monday
The Atlanta Hawks have found their next head coach according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN. The Hawks are expected to announce Philadelphia 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce as their next head coach on Monday.
The Atlanta Hawks will announce Lloyd Pierce as their head coach on Monday, sources told ESPN's The Undefeated. https://t.co/i37zO4ogkp
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) May 11, 2018
After the Hawks parted ways with Mike Budenholzer on April 25, they started the interview process focusing on coaches who had a background in player development, to help with the rebuild that is currently happening.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Pierce’s help with “trust the process” rebuild was a huge reason they decided to go in this direction.
“As Atlanta moves into a complete rebuild, Pierce’s experience with Philadelphia’s process and strong background in player development have made an impression on Schlenk and ownership. Atlanta has four picks in the top 33 of the June NBA draft.”
For Pierce, he played for Santa Clara college before becoming an assistant coach. In 11 years as an assistant coach he has worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors, the Memphis Grizzlies and the 76ers. He started as a player development coach before moving up the ranks and being the top assistant with the 76ers.
The Atlanta Hawks released a statement on their website confirming the hire of Pierce.
“As we set out to find a new head coach for our team, it was critically important to find a dynamic teacher who could connect with and develop our young core while instilling the culture and high standards we feel are necessary in a successful program,” said Hawks General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. “Lloyd Pierce checks every box, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him leading the Atlanta Hawks into the future.”