Larry Drew has accepted Bucks coaching job
MILWAUKEE - The Bucks have confirmed that Larry Drew has accepted the head coaching job with the Milwaukee Bucks.
“We are pleased to reach an agreement with Larry Drew to become head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks,” said Bucks GM John Hammond. “After a thorough search and interview process, it is clear to us that Larry’s track record in Atlanta, along with his experience as an assistant coach and player, make him the right choice to lead our club. We look forward to what he will bring to this franchise and we welcome him and his family to Milwaukee.”
According to the Bucks, 55-year-old Drew most recently served as head coach in Atlanta where he guided the Hawks to three consecutive postseason appearances that included a First Round series victory over Orlando in 2011. In total, his record as the head coach with Atlanta was 128-102 (.557). Prior to becoming a head coach, he was the lead assistant coach with the Hawks for six seasons (2004-2010).
The coach met with the team late in May, just a week after being told his contract would not be renewed with the Hawks.
"Perhaps this would be an ideal fit for Drew, who may fair better dealing with less intense pressure from the Milwaukee fan base," Sports Illustrated said after Drew's interview with the Bucks. "Drew’s fit with the Bucks is certainly conceivable, especially considering the relative success he garnered with the Hawks as coach.
Earlier in May, the Bucks announced the departure of head coach Jim Boylan.
He has been coaching in the NBA since 1992, with stints at the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and New Jersey Nets. Before coaching, he played in the NBA.
John Hammond with the Bucks told 620 WTMJ's Doug Russell that Drew will be introduced Monday.