Coaching Accomplishments:

  • 25 Years of NBA Head Coaching experience.
  • Upon retirement, Second All-Time NBA games coached (presently ranks sixth).
  • Upon retirement, Third All-Time NBA games won (presently ranks twelfth).  
  • Head Coach of the 1978 NBA Champion Washington Bullets.
  • Won the 1971 NBA Coach of the Year Award.
  • Led teams to 14 NBA playoff appearances including; 6 straight for the Chicago Bulls (1969-1975), 4 straight for the Washington Bullets (1976-1980), and 4 straight for the Dallas Mavericks (1983-1987).
  • Led three different franchises to 50-plus win seasons (Chicago Bulls, Washington Bullets, Dallas Mavericks).
  • Led Weber State to a 120-33 record (.784% Winning Percentage) in 6 Seasons in the NCAA.
  • Motta won Three Big Sky Championships while at Weber State.
  • Took Grace High School to the 1958 Idaho High School State Championship game in his first year of coaching basketball.
  • Won the 1959 Idaho High School State Championship in just his second year of coaching (has a reunion every two years with these former players).

Motta’s contributions to basketball cannot be mentioned without the enormous role he has played in shaping the next generation of NBA Coaches. Dick Motta’s “coaching tree” extends to Phil Johnson, Jerry Sloan, Mitch Kupchak, Bob Weiss, Bernie Bickerstaff, Danny Ainge, Ron Ekker, Brad Davis, Scott Brooks, Jason Kidd, Gene Littles, Jim Brovelli, Mark Jackson, Clifford Ray, and Rick Adelman.