Mike Budenholzer Biography
Mike Budenholzer (Michael Vincent Budenholzer) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Prior to 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.
Mike Budenholzer Education
He attended Pomona College, where he was a four-year letterman in basketball and golf and in 1993, he was named the Outstanding Senior Athlete. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics, and economics.
Mike Budenholzer Career
After college, Budenholzer 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 beginning of the 1994–95 season, Budenholzer was hired by the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a video coordinator.Mike Budenholzer Photo
Budenholzer held that position for two years before being named an assistant coach under head coach Gregg Popovich at the start of the 1996–97 season. He was part of a staff that won four NBA championships while with the Spurs.
He 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 Budenholzer ‘s first season as head coach but would lose to the one-seeded Indiana Pacers in the first round.
He was named the December 2014 Eastern Conference Coach of the Month after leading the Hawks to a 14–2 record in the month.
Budenholzer 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. He 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.
Budenholzer went on to lead the Hawks to a franchise record 60 wins, as well as their deepest playoff run in 48 years. He was named the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2014–15 NBA Coach of the Year, on April 21.
On June 30, 2015, he 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 August 1, 2015, he served as Team Africa’s assistant coach at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game.
On September 19, 2015, Budenholzer was inducted into the Pomona Pitzer Hall of Fame.
On April 25, 2018, Budenholzer and the Hawks agreed to part ways, after been removed as president of basketball operations for the Hawks on May 5, 2017.
On January 31, 2019, the NBA announced Mike Budenholzer as the head coach of the East All-Star team in 2019.
Mike Budenholzer Bucks
On May 17, 2018, Budenholzer was announced as their head coach by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Mike Budenholzer Awards
On April 13, 2019, the National Basketball Coaches Association named Budenholzer the 2018–19 Coach of the Year.
On June 24, 2019, Budenholzer was named the NBA Coach Of The Year award.
Mike Budenholzer Age
Budenholzer was born on 6 August 1969 in Holbrook, Arizona, United States. He is 49 years old as of 2018.
Mike Budenholzer Family
Budenholzer is the son of Vince and Libby Budenholzer. His father Vince was also a basketball coach and spent 25 years coaching high school and college teams in Arizona before retiring in 1997. Budenholzer is the youngest of seven children. He is of German descent.
His parents became Holbrook royalty once his father, won a state basketball championship as Holbrook High’s coach in 1971 and his mother, became the first female city council member in 1975 and mayor in 1981.
Mike Budenholzer Wife | Mary Beth Budenholzer
Budenholzer is married to Mary Beth Budenholzer and has four children: Savoia Elizabeth, William Vincent, Hanna Louise and John Bent. Thou not much details are known about his wife, in November 2015, Budenholzer took an indefinite leave of absence owing to his wife’s “emergency medical situation”, said the National Basketball Association team.
The Hawks did not disclose details of his wife’s condition and the coach said in a statement he would “return to the team as soon as possible”.
Mike Budenholzer Salary | How Much Does Bucks Coach Make?
The amount of salary Budenholzer earns as the head coach of Milwaukee Bucks has not yet been disclosed to the public.
Mike Budenholzer Contract
In 2018, Budenholzer signed a 4-year contract with Milwaukee after departing as the Atlanta Hawks coach after last year’s 24-58 campaign. According to Boyd’s Bets, Budenholzer made $2 million a year with the Atlanta Hawks.
Mike Budenholzer Teams Coached
- Milwaukee Bucks
Head coach, since 2018
- Atlanta Hawks
Head coach, 2013–2018
- San Antonio Spurs
Assistant Coach, 1996–2013
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