ALVIN HARRIS GENTRY (born November 5, 1954) is an American basketball
coach who is head coach of the
New Orleans Pelicans in the National
* 1 Early and personal life * 2 Coaching career * 3 Head coaching record * 4 References * 5 External links
EARLY AND PERSONAL LIFE
Gentry played college basketball at Appalachian State University , where he was a point guard under Press Maravich and Bobby Cremins . In 1978 he spent one year as a graduate assistant at the University of Colorado . After one year working in private business, he returned to the bench when he received his first full-time collegiate assistant coaching job at Baylor University under Jim Haller in 1980. After one year at Baylor, Gentry returned to the University of Colorado as an assistant coach from 1981-1986 under Tom Apke . From 1986-1989, Gentry served as an assistant at the University of Kansas under Larry Brown , where they won the 1988 NCAA National Championship.
Gentry and his wife Suzanne have two sons. He also has one daughter from a previous marriage.
In 1989 he began his
After two seasons in San Antonio , Gentry left to become an assistant
Los Angeles Clippers beginning in the 1990–91 season. For
the 1991 season Gentry joined
Kevin Loughery 's staff as an assistant
coach for the
Gentry returned to San Antonio as head assistant coach following the 1999–2000 season, where he was reunited with former co-assistants Gregg Popovich (the Spurs head coach and vice president of basketball operations) and R .C. Buford (the Spurs' general manager). But that assignment was brief, as Gentry accepted the head coaching position for the Los Angeles Clippers weeks after taking the San Antonio job. He did a solid job with the Clippers his first two years, leading them to 31 wins and 39 wins respectively in those two seasons. Those seasons were marked by the solid play of young players, such as Darius Miles , Elton Brand and Lamar Odom . In Gentry's third season, however, the team regressed (despite the addition of Andre Miller ), and Gentry was fired in February 2003.
Gentry later became an assistant coach for the