V.P. PACIFIC DIVISION: MONTY WILLIAMS – PHOENIX SUNS
Monty Williams is the Pacific Division Vice President of the National Basketball Coaches Association and the Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns.
In the 2020-2021 NBA Season, Coach Williams led the Phoenix Suns to a 51-21 regular season record and a 2021 NBA Finals appearance – this was the Suns first NBA Finals appearance in 28 years (1993). For these efforts, Coach Williams earned the 2021 Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award. Prior to his time in Phoenix, Coach Williams was an Assistant Coach with the Philadelphia 76ers (2018-2019), Associate Head Coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2015-2016), Head Coach with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2010-2015), and Assistant Coach with the Portland Trail Blazers (2005-2010). In Coach Williams’ first season with the Hornets, he won his first Western Conference Coach of the Month Award (January). Coach Williams, as an Assistant Coach, also won a Gold Medal with USA Men’s Basketball in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Monty Williams was born on October 8, 1971, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Williams attended Potomac High School and went on to play at the University of Notre Dame; in his senior year, he was selected to the All-American Honorable Mention Team. Williams was drafted by the New York Knicks with the 24th overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. Williams played nine seasons for five teams (Knicks, Spurs, Nuggets, Magic, & 76ers). Coach Williams has five children (Elijah, Lael, Janna, Micah, & Faith).