NBA Coach of the Year

About

Annual award given to the top NBA coach over a given season as deemed by a panel of sportswriters from the United States and Canada. The winner receives the Red Auerbach Trophy, named after the legendary Boston Celtics coach. 

Trivia

Pat Riley is the only coach to win the award with three different franchises. Larry Bird is the only recipient to also be named an MVP as a player.

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Established
1962
Sport
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First Winner
Harry Gallatin
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NBA Coach of the Year Winners

1
Larry Bird, 65
1997–98
2
Steve Kerr, 56
2015–16
3
Dwane Casey, 65
2017-18
4
Phil Jackson, 76
1995–96
5
Gregg Popovich, 73
2002–03, 2011–12, 2013–14
6
Doc Rivers, 60
1999–00
7
Byron Scott, 61
2007–08
8
Pat Riley, 77
1989–90, 1992–93, 1996–97
9
Nick Nurse, 54
2019-20
10
Mike Brown, 52
2008–09
11
Sam Mitchell, 58
2006–07
12
Red Auerbach (1917-2006)
1964–65
13
Mike Budenholzer, 50
2014–15, 2018-19
14
Avery Johnson, 53
2005–06
15
Mike D'Antoni, 71
2004–05, 2016–17
16
Dolph Schayes (1928-2015)
1965–66
17
Bill Sharman (1926-2013)
1971–72
18
Tom Thibodeau, 64
2010–11, 2020-21
19
Rick Carlisle, 62
2001–02
20
Larry Brown, 81
2000–01
21
Tom Heinsohn (1934-2020)
1972–73
22
Hubie Brown, 88
1977–78, 2003–04
23
Don Nelson, 82
1982–83, 1984–85
24
George Karl, 71
2012–13
25
Scott Brooks, 56
2009–10
26
Del Harris, 84
1994–95
27
Cotton Fitzsimmons (1931-2004)
1978–79, 1988–89
28
Lenny Wilkens, 84
1993–94
29
Alex Hannum (1923-2002)
1963–64
30
Mike Dunleavy Sr., 68
1998–99
31
Gene Shue (1931-2022)
1968–69, 1981–82
32
Red Holzman (1920-1998)
1969–70
33
Mike Fratello, 75
1985–86
34
Dick Motta, 90
1970–71
35
Doug Moe, 83
1987–88

NBA Coach of the Year Popularity