Jeff Hornacek Agrees to Become the Phoenix Suns New Head Coach


Feb 22, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Jazz 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Today, the Phoenix Suns have a new head coach and many longtime Suns fans might remember this guy from back in the 1990’s. The Phoenix Suns new head coach is Jeff Hornacek. He agreed to terms today and will sign a three year contract on Monday morning. If you don’t know, Hornacek was an assistant coach for the Utah Jazz and was being highly pursued by other teams such as the Charlotte Bobcats and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Hornacek’s coaching resume goes as follows: at the age of 50, he joined the Utah Jazz’s coaching staff as a shooting coaching before the 2007 playoffs. Then in February 2011, Jeff Hornacek moved up as a full time assistant coach when Tyrone Corbin became the head coach after long time Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan. That is Hornacek’s coaching resume, now as a player his resume is pretty darn good. Hornacek was drafted in the 1986 draft by the Phoenix Suns with the 46th pick. He played in the NBA for 14 seasons and played his first six seasons in Phoenix.

With the Suns, Hornacek averaged 20.1 points per game and in his final year with the team made the all-star game. He made his name in Utah with Stockton and Malone at the end of his career. It should be noted that Jeff Hornacek will be the Suns’ 16th head coach in franchise history. Hopefully, Hornacek is the answer for many years to come because he was a finalist for the same job back in 2007-08 when Terry Porter became the head coach. Finally, what people don’t know is that with no coaching experience back in 2004 he was a finalist for the Boston Celtics head coaching position. With that being said, the Suns made the right decision in hiring Jeff Hornacek.

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