List of Philadelphia 76ers head coaches


List of Philadelphia 76ers head coaches

There have been 20 head coaches for the Philadelphia 76ers franchise. The 76ers are an Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Formerly known as the Syracuse Nationals, the 76ers joined the NBA when it was founded in 1949. The Nationals had a record of 51–13 in their first NBA season under Al Cervi and won the Eastern Division crown. The franchise were purchased by Philadelphian Irv Kosloff and Ike Richma in the spring of 1963; the NBA approved their franchise shift on May 22 and name change to the Philadelphia 76ers on August 6. This returned professional basketball to the city, which had been without a team since the Golden State Warriors left Philadelphia in 1962.cite news|url=http://www.nba.com/sixers/history/syracuse_nationals_index.html|title=Syracuse Nationals Index|publisher=NBA.com|accessdate=2008-05-28] cite news|url=http://www.nba.com/media/warriors/0708GSWMG_History.pdf
title=2007-08 Warriors Media Guide: Warriors History (pg. 170)|publisher=NBA.com|accessdate=2008-05-29
] The current coach of the team, Maurice Cheeks, was hired by the 76ers to be the head coach before the 2005–06 NBA season.

The franchise won their first NBA championship as the Syracuse Nationals in the 1955 NBA Finals under coach Cervi. Their second title was won as the Philadelphia 76ers in 1967, coached by Alex Hannum, who has the highest career winning percentage for the 76ers. Billy Cunningham, who played and coached with the 76ers for a total of 17 years, is the franchise's all-time leader in both regular season and playoff games coached and wins.cite web|url=http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/cunnibi01.html|title=Billy Cunningham Playing Record|publisher=basketball-reference.com|accessdate=2008-05-28] He coached the team to their most recent title in 1983.cite web|url=http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/PHI/|title=Philadelphia 76ers|publisher=basketball-reference.com|accessdate=2008-05-28]

Hannum, Jack Ramsay, and Larry Brown are the only members of the franchise to have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches. Cervi, Paul Seymour, and Kevin Loughery served as a player-coaches, and Cervi, after retiring as a player, continued to coach the team for the rest of the season he retired and five other seasons. Six other former players, Hannum, Dolph Schayes, Cunningham, Matt Guokas, Fred Carter, and Maurice Cheeks went on to coach for the franchise.

Key

Coaches

"Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2007–08 season."

Notes

*note label|Note1|a|a A running total of the number of coaches of the Nationals/76ers. Thus any coach who has two separate terms as head coach is only counted once.

References

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*cite web|url=http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/PHI/coaches.html|title=Philadelphia 76ers Coach Register|publisher=basketball-reference.com|accessdate=2008-05-27;Specific


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