Suns to introduce new head coach Monty Williams Tuesday
May 16, 2019, 6:09 PM | Updated: May 17, 2019, 11:20 am
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The Phoenix Suns will introduce new head coach Monty Williams on Tuesday morning, the team announced Friday.
Williams was hired by the team on May 3, replacing the fired Igor Kokoskov. Kokoskov posted a record of 19-63 in his lone season as the Suns’ head coach.
Williams has five years of head coaching experience with New Orleans. He went 173-221 (.439) from 2010-15, making the playoffs twice and losing in the first round both times.
While there, Williams worked under new Suns senior vice president of basketball operations Jeff Bower and was hired to replace Bower, who filled in as head coach in 2009-10.
Williams stepped away from coaching after the 2015-16 season when he was the associate head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He returned this past season as an assistant head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Prior, Williams was with the Blazers from 2005-10 as an assistant, wherein 2007-08 he coached Suns general manager James Jones.
Williams becomes the 20th Suns head coach in franchise history and the fifth in seven seasons.