CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Steve Clifford has agreed to a multiyear contract to return as head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, an individual accustomed to the state of affairs stated.
The particular person spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity Friday as a result of the group had but to announce the transfer.
Charlotte beforehand agreed to phrases on a four-year contract with Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson to turn into head coach, however Atkinson later knowledgeable the group he was not taking the job.
The 60-year-old Clifford, who lived along with his household in Mattawamkeag early in his youth, spent 5 seasons teaching the Hornets, compiling a 196-214 file with a group that included Kemba Walker. He led the Hornets to 2 playoff appearances previous to being fired in 2018 when Mitch Kupchak arrived as basic supervisor. Clifford coached the Magic from 2018-21 and labored final season as a training advisor for the Brooklyn Nets.
A four-year starter, two-year captain and twice the group’s defensive participant of the yr whereas enjoying guard for coach Len MacPhee on the College of Maine Farmington, Clifford now could be thought-about one of many NBA’s high defensive coaches.
The Hornets completed sixth, tenth, ninth, seventeenth and seventeenth in defensive ranking throughout Clifford’s 5 seasons. Charlotte was twenty second within the NBA this previous season below James Borrego, who was fired in April.
Clifford took basketball path from his father, Gerald, at North Nation Union Excessive Faculty in Newport, Vermont, earlier than persevering with his enjoying profession at UMF.
Clifford spent his first two years after graduating from UMF at Woodland Excessive Faculty, the place he coached the Dragons to a 31-9 file and back-to-back appearances within the Japanese Maine Class C closing in 1984 and 1985.
Story by Steve Reed, AP Sports activities Author. Extra reporting by BDN Sports activities workers.