By Jenny Dial Creech
The Association for Women in Sports Media is excited to welcome Stan Van Gundy, the Detroit Pistons’ new president of basketball operations and head coach, as a speaker at the organization’s 2014 national convention in Orlando, Fla., May 22-25.
Van Gundy is scheduled to talk on media-coach relations and his experience as a broadcaster during Saturday’s lunch session at Rosen Shingle Creek.
With coaching stops at Vermont, UMass and Wisconsin before making the jump to the NBA, Van Gundy started his NBA coaching career as an assistant for the Miami Heat under NBA coaching legend Pat Riley in 1995.
He spent the next seven years as an assistant in Miami before taking over as head coach of the Heat in 2003. It was Dwyane Wade’s rookie season, and the Heat went to the second round of the playoffs that year. He also coached the Eastern Conference All-Star team in 2004. He coached the Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2005.
In 2007, Van Gundy took over the Orlando Magic, where he would spend the next five seasons as coach. The Magic went to the NBA finals every season, including the NBA Finals in 2008-09.
Van Gundy, who comes from a basketball family — his dad Bill was a coach in Western New York and his brother Jeff has coached two NBA teams and is now a broadcaster — lives with his family in Orlando.
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