The Detroit Pistons appointed Stan Van Gundy as the new head coach and president of basketball operations on Wednesday.
The terms of the agreement were not disclosed and Van Gundy will be introduced as head coach at a press conference in Auburn Hills on Thursday.
"It is an honor to be chosen to help Tom Gores build the Pistons into a team that competes for championships," Van Gundy said in a press release. "Tom's vision of building for the future, while seeking immediate improvement is a challenge that I embrace. We will work to put a team on the floor that reflects the franchise's rich tradition and embodies the toughness and work ethic of fans in the Detroit area."
Tom Gores is the owner of the Pistons.
"Stan is a proven winner in our league. He instills his teams with passion, purpose and toughness. He is a great teacher who will help our players grow and develop," Gores said. "Stan is more than just a great coach, he's a great leader. What I'm most excited about is how Stan can help us shape the franchise and instill what it means to be the best. He's also a great communicator. My time with Stan has me convinced that he will bring our players, team and community to a very proud place."
Van Gundy has an NBA career regular-season record of 371-208 in more than seven seasons as a head coach. He also led his team to the NBA playoffs seven times.
His .641 winning percentage is the sixth-highest among NBA coaches with 500 or more games. Van Gundy coached the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 2005 and 2010 and has earned NBA Coach of the Month honors six times during his coaching career.
Van Gundy was head coach for the Orlando Magic from 2007 to 2012. During his time there he led the Magic to a 259-135 regular-season record, five playoff appearances and an NBA Finals appearance in 2009.
During the 2009-2010 season he led the Magic to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight season. That year the team has a 59-23 regular-season record. It was the second-best mark in the NBA.
Van Gundy also served as head coach of the Miami Heat for more than two seasons from 2003 to 2005. He had 112 coaching victories, which are the fourth-most in the Heat's history. He led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2005 as well as the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2004 and 2005.
He spent 12 years with Miami. Prior to that Van Gundy coached at several colleges including University of Wisconsin, University of Vermont, Castleton State College, Canisius College, Fordham, and University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
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