NBA

Minnesota Timberwolves
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Name  Flip Saunders
Born  2/23/1955
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College  Minnesota
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Flip Saunders was named the Wizards 22nd head coach in franchise history on April 22, 2009. In two decades of coaching at the professional level, including 13 seasons in the NBA, Saunders has cemented his reputation as one of the finest coaches in the game of basketball. With a record of 587-396 entering the 2009-10 season, his .597 winning percentage (seventh among active coaches) is topped only by Phil Jackson (.746), Pat Riley (.722), Don Nelson (.611) and Jerry Sloan (.600) among all-time NBA coaches in their first 13 seasons, and ranks seventh-best all-time among coaches with at least 900 games at the helm. Saunders has seven 50-win seasons to his credit as an NBA head coach, and with four Conference Finals appearances in 11 postseason appearances, he defines what it means to be playoff-tested. Saunders joined the Wizards after leading the Detroit Pistons to a 176-70 (.715) record from 2005-08, the highest winning percentage of any coach in their franchise history. In 2007-08, the third of Saunders’ three seasons with the Pistons, he guided Detroit to their third consecutive Central Division crown with a 59-23 regular season record (the second-best record in the Eastern Conference). Saunders recorded his 500th win as an NBA head coach during the 2006-07 campaign, becoming just the 26th coach in NBA history at the time to reach that mark. Saunders’ first season in Detroit in 2005- 06 included a record of 24-3 after 27 games, making him just the second coach in NBA history to start a season 24-3 in his first year as head coach of a new team (Bill Sharman led the Lakers to a 39-3 start in 1971-72). He became the only coach in NBA history to win Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors for three consecutive months (November ‘05, December ‘05, January ‘06), and he helmed the Eastern Conference All-Star team in Houston in 2006 (as one of only six coaches in NBA history to be named head coach of the All-Star team in both the Eastern and Western Conferences). During that season, Detroit tied a franchise record for most home victories (37), and set a franchise record for road wins (27). In three seasons in Detroit, Saunders’ Pistons finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference twice (2005-06, 2006-07), and ranked in the top three of the NBA in points per game allowed each season (including a first place finish in 2007-08), showing that Saunders is equally adept at defensive scheming as he is on the offensive end. Prior to joining Detroit, Saunders spent nine-plus years with the Minnesota Timberwolves (1995- 2005), where he guided the club to eight consecutive playoff appearances and a Western Conferencebest and franchise-best 58-24 record in 2003-04 -- a season that culminated in a berth in the Western Conference Finals. During his tenure in Minnesota, he won NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month honors four times (April ’04, February ’03, January ’01, January ’00) and coached the Western Conference during the 2004 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Saunders’ time with Timberwolves represented the best years in the franchise’s history, and placed him as the organization’s all-time winningest coach. He posted a winning record in six of his nine full seasons as head coach, compiling an overall record of 411-326 (.558). Saunders’ impressive coaching resume also includes seven consecutive seasons of 30 or more victories in the CBA, two CBA Championships (‘90, ‘92), a pair of CBA Coach of the Year honors (‘90, ‘92) and 23 CBA-to-NBA player promotions. He ranks third all-time in the CBA with 253 career victories (253-137, .649) during stops with the Rapid City Thrillers (1988-89), La Crosse Catbirds (1989-94) and Sioux Falls Skyforce (1994-95). In September 2001, Saunders guided the United States men’s basketball team to a perfect 5-0 record and a gold medal at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. The Cleveland, Ohio, native began his successful coaching career at Golden Valley Lutheran College, where he compiled a 92-13 record (including a perfect 56-0 mark at home) in four seasons. In 1981, he joined the coaching staff at his alma matter, the University of Minnesota, as an assistant coach where he helped the Golden Gophers to the 1982 Big Ten Championship. After five seasons at Minnesota, Saunders moved to an assistant coach position at the University of Tulsa, where he worked for two seasons before heading to the pro ranks. Saunders, 54, was an All-America basketball player at Cuyahoga Heights High School in Cleveland. During his senior season in 1973, he was named Ohio’s Class A High School Basketball Player of the Year after averaging a state-high 32.0 points per game. He continued his basketball career at Minnesota, where he teamed with Kevin McHale and started in 101 of his 103 career games. Saunders was born February 23, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children: Ryan, Mindy and twins, Rachel and Kimberly.

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DAVID 70
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NCSU 81
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PITT 76
ND 72
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STJ 75
PROV 66
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UNH 63
USB 48
 
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WVU 77
TTU 58
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TEMPL 55
TULA 37
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EMICH 69
WMICH 63
 
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IOWA 63
WISC 74
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SHU 90
XAV 82
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UF 57
ARK 56
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STET 75
LIP 73
 
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ILL 60
PSU 58
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TULSA 78
SFLA 71
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INDST 64
BRAD 58
 
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MAINE 59
GTDNS 77
 
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LEH 89
BU 86
 
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MARQ 68
BUT 72
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DEL 71
COC 68
 
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CREI 40
GEOR 67
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CLST 76
UWGB 62
 
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NEOM 65
MAST 75
 
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LOYC 45
ILLST 48
 
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KU 68
KYST 57
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JVU 50
KNST 51
 
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MSST 73
LSU 67
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SHU 71
MNTER 77
 
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VCU 55
RICH 64
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ISU 83
TCU 66
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BING 76
MLOWELL 69
 
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HART 46
VERM 65
 
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DEP 55
VILL 68
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WAKE 73
VT 70
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UGST 74
ARKST 43
 
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FAM 44
COOK 61
 
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NDAK 80
IDST 69
 
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ARMY 71
GHND 77
 
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BEL 71
TENT 53
 
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TXSA 57
UAB 65
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ILLCH 65
VALPO 70
 
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DRAK 70
EVAN 65
 
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IND 72
RUTG 64
 
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UMO 79
BST 73
 
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RMU 52
BRY 56
 
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WAGN 86
CCST 53
 
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GWEBB 52
CCAR 54
 
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MDES 45
COPST 48
 
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RFLSH 54
FD 52
 
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RIU 38
GWU 33
 
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SCAR 44
UGA 36
 
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Terriers 62
LIU 49
 
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PAC 54
LMU 52
 
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STLU 42
UMASS 48
 
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HOW 33
MRGST 21
 
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DREX 66
UNCW 52
 
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LOU 35
UNC 47
 
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MIZZ 39
MISS 55
 
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ALCOR 35
SOUTH 24
 
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NIOWA 57
WICHS 39
 
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JMU 52
WMARY 75
 
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RAD 59
WINT 54
 
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EILL 38
SIUE 40
 
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UNCA 24
CAMP 27
 
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MORE 34
EKENT 27
 
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NICST 37
INCWORD 41
 
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CMICH 47
OHIO 41
 
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TEXAM 45
VANDY 33
 
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DET 8
 
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WCU 28
 
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IDAHO 34
 
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