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Stan Van Gundy

Volunteering for "Bike the Sites", State University of New York at Brockport.
Born August 26, 1959 (1959-08-26) (age 50)
Indio, California
Occupation NBA head coach
Employer Orlando Magic

Stan Van Gundy (born August 26, 1959 in Indio, California) is the head coach of the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic. From 2003 to 2005, he was the head coach of the Miami Heat but resigned in 2005 mid-season, turning the job over to Pat Riley. He is the brother of former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy.


Miami Heat

Van Gundy spent twelve years with the Heat organization, beginning as an Assistant Coach to Pat Riley in 1995.

After working as an assistant under coaching legend Pat Riley, Van Gundy was named head coach when Riley abruptly resigned as coach prior to the 2003–04 season. However, Riley remained on as President of the team. Van Gundy took over a team that had won 25 games the previous season. He led them to a 42-win season, in which they won a very high percentage of their late season games and surprised many by advancing to the second round of the 2004 NBA Playoffs, nearly defeating the team with the league's best record, the Indiana Pacers, due to the strong play of rookie Dwyane Wade.

During the off-season, Shaquille O'Neal demanded a trade and made Miami the only viable option for the Lakers to make a transaction with. Riley gave up Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and a future first-round draft choice, replacing three of the team's starters, including an Olympian and a future all star, with O'Neal. The Heat ended the first half of the season with the best record in the Eastern Conference, allowing Van Gundy to become the first Heat coach to coach in the All-Star Game, leading the East to a victory. The Heat finished the season with 59 wins, earning the best record in the conference.

The Heat went on to advance to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the Detroit Pistons. Injuries played a factor in their defeat, particularly a rib injury to leading scorer Wade during Game 5 which prevented him from playing Game 6 and severely hindered him in Game 7, both Piston wins. During the 2005 off-season, it was widely speculated that Pat Riley was attempting to run Van Gundy out of his coaching job after Van Gundy had led the team to a position of dominance after Riley had abruptly abandoned it less than two years earlier. Whether or not these rumors were valid, Van Gundy indeed resigned from his position as head coach on December 12, 2005.

Van Gundy had a winning percentage of .605 with the Heat (112–73).

Orlando Magic

In May 2007, Van Gundy received an offer to replace the fired Rick Carlisle as head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Van Gundy turned down the offer, but began interviewing for other head coaching jobs. He was considered a lead candidate to become head coach of the Orlando Magic and also the Sacramento Kings. However, the Magic hired Billy Donovan. Shortly thereafter, Donovan decided he wanted to back out of the deal and return to the University of Florida. Finally on June 5, 2007, the Magic released Donovan and offered another contract to Van Gundy. [1] ESPN SportsCenter has reported that the Heat allowed Van Gundy to coach the Magic in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2007 and the right to swap first-round picks in 2008 or another 2008 second-round draft pick and cash.

In Van Gundy's first season with the Magic, he guided them to a 52-win season, earning the team's first division championship since the 1995–96 season, and the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. Orlando defeated the Toronto Raptors 4–1 in the first round of the playoffs, advancing to the Eastern Semifinals for the first time in twelve seasons. They were later defeated in the Eastern Semifinals by the Detroit Pistons 4–1.

More success was found in the 2008–09 season. The Magic won 59 games, second most in franchise history, along with a second consecutive division championship. After defeating the team with the league's best record that season, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Magic won the Eastern Conference Finals in six games, advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995 to face the Los Angeles Lakers, but lost the series in five games.

Also during the 2008–09 season, a bit of a feud developed between Van Gundy and Phoenix Suns center, and former Magic/Heat player, Shaquille O'Neal (the two were together when O'Neal played for the Heat and Van Gundy was his coach). After a game between the Suns and Magic, Van Gundy said O'Neal was flopping throughout the night. O'Neal fired back by calling Van Gundy "a master of panic," because Van Gundy was not successful in the playoffs per O'Neal.[2] Despite everything, O'Neal was actually in attendance at Amway Arena on the night the Magic played Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.[3]

The Magic extended Van Gundy's contract through the 2010–11 season on September 28, 2009.[4]


Van Gundy and his wife, Kim, have four children, Shannon, Michael, Alison and Kelly [5].

Stan grew up as a son of a basketball coach, Bill Van Gundy, the former head coach at Brockport State University in Western New York. His younger brother Jeff Van Gundy has coached several teams in the NBA as well. After Jeff became a member of the NBA on ABC's broadcast team, he was an analyst during the 2009 NBA Finals while Stan coached the Orlando Magic.

Coaching record

Regular season   G Games coached   W Games won   L Games lost
Post season  PG  Games coached  PW  Games won  PL  Games lost
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL Result
MIA 2003–04 82 42 40 .512 2nd in Atlantic 13 6 7 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
MIA 2004–05 82 59 23 .720 1st in Southeast 15 11 4 Lost in Conf. Finals
MIA 2005–06 21 11 10 .524 (resigned)
ORL 2007–08 82 52 30 .643 1st in Southeast 10 5 5 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
ORL 2008–09 82 59 23 .720 1st in Southeast 24 13 11 Lost in NBA Finals
Career 349 223 126 .638 57 34 23


Preceded by
James Casciano
Castleton State College Head Men's Basketball Coach
1983 – 1986
Succeeded by
Jerry Martin
Preceded by
Don Doucette
University of Lowell/University of Massachusetts Lowell Head Men's Basketball Coach
1988 –1992
Succeeded by
Gary Manchel
Preceded by
Stu Jackson
University of Wisconsin Head Men's Basketball Coach
1994 –1995
Succeeded by
Dick Bennett
Preceded by
Pat Riley
Miami Heat Head Coach
2003 –2005
Succeeded by
Pat Riley
Preceded by
Billy Donovan
Orlando Magic Head Coach
2007 –present
Succeeded by

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