New York, June 30, 2016—The NBA Coaches Association is proud to announce the establishment of the National Basketball Coaches Association Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award.
The Award is named after iconic NBA Coach Tex Winter, a long-time assistant who has been an integral part of the coaching staff of 10 NBA championships teams, the 2009 recipient of the National Basketball Coaches Association Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. The Award will be presented annually to an Assistant Coach (current or inactive) who has had a storied career as an NBA Assistant Coach and has made a consistent substantial impact while on the bench. The National Basketball Coaches Association Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award honors the career of Hall of Famer Tex Winter who over an outstanding NBA coaching career set a standard of loyalty, integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion of NBA basketball.
To be eligible for the award, candidates must fit the following criteria:
- Has spent a minimum of 15 years as an NBA Assistant Coach (could have had Head Coaching assignments).
- Recognized by his peers as being a “go to” Assistant Coach.
- Body of work as a coach has impacted the chemistry, culture, and competitive capability of the teams he/she was a part of.
- Must still be alive.
“Assistant Coaches are a huge part of what we do and their impact on team development, performance, and success cannot be underestimated,” said National Basketball Coaches Association President Rick Carlisle. With 10 NBA Championships next to his name, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Tex Winter, epitomized the Impact Assistant Coach. We are especially pleased to have such a strong list of nominees for this year’s Award.”
“Every Assistant Coach on this year’s nominee list for the 2016 National Basketball Coaches Association Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award is deserving of recognition for their contribution to the game on so many levels. We look forward to the announcement of this year’s inaugural recipient,” said Michael Goldberg, Executive Director of the National Basketball Coaches Association.
The recipient of the inaugural 2016 National Basketball Coaches Association Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award will be announced July 12th at Samsung NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas, the ultimate showcase for Assistant Coaches. On the day of the announcement, Summer League will play host to an International Coaches Clinic and NBA Coaches Day, which will celebrate basketball coaching excellence.
For a complete list of the Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award Selection Committee and the 2016 Nominees please visit: