NBA Coach and Sports Speaker Alvin Gentry is a renowned coaching figure in professional basketball. In May of 2015, it was announced that Alvin would become the new head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans upon completion of his role as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors following their run to the NBA Finals in the 2014-2015 season. Alvin has made coaching stints with numerous NBA teams, including the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, and Phoenix Suns.
Alvin played basketball at Appalachian State University under Press Maravich, son of the late legendary basketball player Pete Maravich. Immediately after his college playing career had concluded, Sports Speaker Alvin Gentry dove right into his coaching foray as an assistant at Baylor University in 1980. After a stretch as an assistant at Colorado University form 1981-1986, Alvin became a part of mastermind coach Larry Brown’s staff at the University of Kansas. Alvin would assist Larry Brown and his team all the way to the 1988 NCAA National Championship.
When Larry Brown took off from Kansas for a head coaching gig with the San Antonio Spurs, he made sure to bring Alvin along as part of his staff. After assistant coaching stints with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, and the Detroit Pistons, Alvin would accept his first NBA head coaching position with the Detroit Pistons. In 2001, Alvin accepted a head coaching position with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he would remain for 2 seasons.
For the next 6 years, Alvin served as the lead assistant to Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni. After being named interim head coach in 2009, Alvin would officially be named the head coach of the Suns for the 2009-2010 season. His first year as the coach of the Suns was successful; Alvin led phenomenal point guard Steve Nash and the Suns to the 2010 Western Conference Finals. Sports Speaker Alvin ended his tenure with the Suns in 2013 when he accepted an associate head coaching job with the Los Angeles Clippers. In the following season, Alvin became an associate head coach with the Golden State Warriors under rookie head coach Steve Kerr; the team would see a tremendous amount of success in large part due to Alvin’s defensive philosophies.