RANDY SCOTT WITTMAN (born October 28, 1959) is an American retired basketball player at the guard position and former coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers , Minnesota Timberwolves , and Washington Wizards .
* 1 Playing career
* 1.1 High school * 1.2 College * 1.3 Professional
* 2 Coaching career * 3 Personal life * 4 Head coaching record * 5 References * 6 External links
Wittman starred for
The 6'6" Wittman played college basketball from 1979–1983 for Bob
Knight and the Indiana University Hoosiers . The 1979–80 Hoosiers,
The Hoosiers trailed the entire first half of the game until Wittman scored at the halftime buzzer with a deep corner shot. The Hoosiers went on to win the game by a 63-50 tally, making the 1981 NCAA tournament the school's fourth national title.
In 1982–1983, with the leadership of Wittman, the No. 1 ranked
Hoosiers were favorites to win another national championship. However,
with an injury to star player
Ted Kitchel mid-season, the Hoosiers'
prospects were grim. Knight asked for fan support to rally around the
team and, despite long odds, the team ultimately won the Big Ten
title. Nevertheless, in the tournament Kitchel's absence was felt and
the team lost to Kentucky in the 1983 Sweet Sixteen . Wittman was
named the Big Ten Player of the Year and a consensus second team
All-American in 1983. He became a member of Indiana's
Hall of Fame and
was named to Indiana's Silver Anniversary
Wittman spent the early portion of his career with the Hawks, sharing backcourt with Glenn "Doc" Rivers and Anthony "Spud" Webb , and starting most of the games from 1985–88 (while averaging 12 points and 3.5 assists in those years combined).
After a small spell with the Sacramento Kings , he became a fringe player with the Indiana Pacers , retiring in 1991–92 after three unassuming years. For his career, Wittman averaged 7.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, shooting just over 50% from the field.
In 1992, Wittman began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach,
first with the Pacers. He spent one season in
Subsequently, Wittman spent from 1994–99 with the Minnesota
Timberwolves , in the same capacity. During that period, he helped in
the development of Wolves' star forward
On January 23, 2007, Wittman became the head coach of the Timberwolves, succeeding Dwane Casey ; he had already started the season as assistant to the former.
On December 8, 2008, club owner Glen Taylor fired Wittman after a
4-19 start, asking Kevin McHale to step in, in a complete change of
the organization's structure, as the former
Wittman became acting head coach of the Washington Wizards, accepting
the position after
The Wizards improved from 29-53 to 44-38 during the 2013–14 season, which included advancing to the second round of the playoffs for just the third time since 1979 before losing to the Indiana Pacers in six games. The Wizards had a 5-1 record in away games during both series, but were unable to win a home game in the second round. Wittman was praised for his strategy and leadership throughout the playoffs by both players and management alike.
Wittman signed an extension to remain head coach of the Wizards on June 3, 2014.
The Wizards fired Wittman on April 13, 2016 after the team missed the playoffs.
Ryan Wittman starred for the
Cornell Big Red
HEAD COACHING RECORD
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
TEAM YEAR G W L W–L% FINISH PG PW PL PW–L% RESULT
Cleveland 1999–00 82 32 50 .390 6th in Central — — — — Missed Playoffs
Cleveland 2000–01 82 30 52 .366 6th in Central — — — — Missed Playoffs
Minnesota 2006–07 42 12 30 .286 4th in Northwest — — — — Missed Playoffs<