Gregg Charles Popovich (born January 28, 1949) is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of theSan Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, Popovich is the longest tenured active coach in both the NBA and all US major sports leagues. He is often referred to as “Coach Pop” or simply “Pop”. He holds the record for most consecutive winning seasons (playoffs included) in NBA history at 18, and third all time for the regular season, behind Pat Riley with 19, and Phil Jackson with 20. Popovich has won five NBA championships as the head coach of the Spurs. Along with Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, Pat Riley, and John Kundla, he is one of only five coaches in NBA history to win five or more NBA championships. He is also one of 9 coaches in NBA history to have won 1,000 NBA games. Achievements such as these are what garnered him recognition as one of the greatest basketball head coaches of all time.
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:
5× NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
3× NBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2012, 2014)
3× All-Star Game head coach (2005, 2011, 2013)
Popovich served on the coaching staff for the U.S. national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship (assisting George Karl), the 2003 FIBA America Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the 2004 Olympic Games, where the U.S. won a bronze medal.
On October 23, 2015, Popovich was named as the next head coach of the U.S. national team. He will take over duties from current head coach Mike Krzyzewski after the 2016 Olympic Games.