Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks named San Antonio assistantMike Budenholzer the team's new head coach on Tuesday.
Budenholzer was the primary assistant under Spurs head coach Gregg Popovichfor the last six seasons, and spent 17 of the last 19 campaigns with thefranchise as an assistant. He was part of San Antonio's run of four NBA titlesbetween 1999 and 2007.
"We are thrilled to have Mike as the next coach of the Atlanta Hawks," saidclub general manager Danny Ferry. "He has an incredible basketball acumen andhas a keen awareness of the league and what it takes to be successful. Hisexperience and four championships over the last 17 years provide a tremendousfoundation for his leadership of our team."
The 43-year-old Budenholzer takes over for Larry Drew, who decided to seekother coaching opportunities after guiding the Hawks to a 44-38 record andfirst-round playoff defeat to the Indiana Pacers. Drew ended his Atlantatenure with a 128-102 mark and three straight postseason appearances.
"I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of the San Antonio Spursorganization for the last 19 years. I knew it would have to be a tremendoussituation for me to leave and clearly coming to Atlanta as the head coach ofthe Hawks is perfect for me," said Budenholzer. "Ownership's commitment totaking this organization to the next level and creating a unique and specialculture, partnering with a general manager like Danny Ferry who I have greatrespect for, and building a roster that has terrific potential because of theexisting core and the ensuing flexibility presents a rare and uniquelypositive opportunity."
Budenholzer will continue to serve as a Spurs assistant through the end of theNBA Finals.