Michael Vincent Budenholzer (born August 6, 1969) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before joining the Bucks, Budenholzer spent five seasons as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and 18 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, serving as a video coordinator for the first two seasons and then as an assistant coach under head coach Gregg Popovich.
Budenholzer on the bench during a game in 2011
|Born||August 6, 1969|
|High school||Holbrook (Holbrook, Arizona)|
|College||Pomona College (1989–1993)|
|1993–1994||Vejle BK (youth teams)|
|1996–2013||San Antonio Spurs (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As head coach:
As assistant coach:
Budenholzer is commonly referred to by other coaches, players and media as "Bud" or "Coach Bud," in a similar manner to his mentor Popovich.
A native of Holbrook, Arizona, Budenholzer attended Pomona College, where he was a four-year letterman in basketball and golf and was named the Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1993. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. After college, he spent the 1993–94 season in Denmark, playing professionally for Vejle Basketball Klub, where he averaged a team-high 27.5 points per game while also serving as head coach for two teams of the club's youth system.
At the start of the 1994–95 season, Budenholzer was hired by the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a video coordinator. He held that position for two years before being named an assistant coach under head coach Gregg Popovich at the beginning of the 1996–97 season. Budenholzer was part of a staff that won four NBA championships while with the Spurs.
Budenholzer left San Antonio at the end of the 2013 NBA Playoffs to begin his new career as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks would qualify for the Eastern Conference playoffs as the 8th seed in his first season as head coach but would lose to the one-seeded Indiana Pacers in the first round.
Budenholzer was named the December 2014 Eastern Conference Coach of the Month after leading the Hawks to a 14–2 record in the month. He was named the head coach of the Eastern Conference team at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game by virtue of Atlanta being in first place in the conference by the break. Budenholzer won the January 2015 Eastern Conference Coach of the Month award after leading the Hawks to the first 17-0 record in a month in NBA history. He went on to lead the Hawks to a franchise record 60 wins, as well as their deepest playoff run in 48 years. On April 21, he was named the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2014–15 NBA Coach of the Year.
On June 30, 2015, Budenholzer was promoted to president of basketball operations in addition to his duties as head coach. While Wes Wilcox was promoted to general manager, Budenholzer had the final say in all basketball matters.
On September 19, 2015, Budenholzer was inducted into the Pomona Pitzer Hall of Fame.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Atlanta||2013–14||82||38||44||.463||4th in Southeast||7||3||4||.429||Lost in First Round|
|Atlanta||2014–15||82||60||22||.732||1st in Southeast||16||8||8||.500||Lost in Conference Finals|
|Atlanta||2015–16||82||48||34||.585||2nd in Southeast||10||4||6||.400||Lost in Conference Semifinals|
|Atlanta||2016–17||82||43||39||.524||2nd in Southeast||6||2||4||.333||Lost in First Round|
|Atlanta||2017–18||82||24||58||.293||5th in Southeast||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Milwaukee||2018–19||82||60||22||.732||1st in Central||15||10||5||.667||Lost in Conference Finals|
Budenholzer is the youngest of seven children born to Vince and Libby Budenholzer. He is of German descent. His father was also a basketball coach and spent 25 years coaching high school and college teams in Arizona before retiring in 1997. Budenholzer has four children: William Vincent, Savoia Elizabeth, Hanna Louise and John Bent.
Budenholzer was arrested in Atlanta for suspicion of driving under the influence on August 28, 2013. He was found not guilty of the charge 34 months later by a Fulton County State Court jury on June 27, 2016.
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- "Mike Budenholzer Named Head Coach Of The Milwaukee Bucks". NBA.com. May 17, 2018. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
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- "Budenholzer found not guilty of DUI charge".