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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Winners

1
Larry Bird, 64
1997–98
2
Steve Kerr, 55
2015–16
3
Dwane Casey, 63
2017-18
4
Gregg Popovich, 71
2002–03, 2011–12, 2013–14
5
Doc Rivers, 59
1999–00
6
Phil Jackson, 75
1995–96
7
Byron Scott, 59
2007–08
8
Nick Nurse, 53
2019-20
9
Mike Brown, 50
2008–09
10
Pat Riley, 75
1989–90, 1992–93, 1996–97
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Sam Mitchell, 57
2006–07
12
Avery Johnson, 51
2005–06
13
Tom Thibodeau, 63
2010–11
14
Tom Heinsohn (1934-2020)
1972–73
15
Larry Brown, 80
2000–01
16
Red Auerbach (1917-2006)
1964–65
17
Hubie Brown, 87
1977–78, 2003–04
18
Mike D'Antoni, 69
2004–05, 2016–17
19
Dolph Schayes (1928-2015)
1965–66
20
Rick Carlisle, 61
2001–02
21
Scott Brooks, 55
2009–10
22
Mike Budenholzer, 49
2014–15, 2018-19
23
Don Nelson, 80
1982–83, 1984–85
24
Alex Hannum (1923-2002)
1963–64
25
Lenny Wilkens, 83
1993–94
26
Bill Sharman (1926-2013)
1971–72
27
Cotton Fitzsimmons (1931-2004)
1978–79, 1988–89
28
George Karl, 69
2012–13
29
Mike Dunleavy Sr., 66
1998–99
30
Red Holzman (1920-1998)
1969–70
31
Mike Fratello, 73
1985–86
32
Doug Moe, 82
1987–88
33
Del Harris, 83
1994–95
34
Dick Motta, 89
1970–71
35
Gene Shue, 89
1968–69, 1981–82

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