Stan Van Gundy begins his fifth season as Assistant Head Coach under President/Head Coach Pat Riley and his seventh year overall with the team, having spent the first two years as an assistant coach.
Van Gundy is responsible for the coordination of the assistant coaches and all departments under Head Coach Pat Riley.
The 42-year-old Van Gundy came to the HEAT after serving as head coach at the University of Wisconsin. Before his tenure as the head coach with the Badgers, he was an assistant at UW under current NBA Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson.
Van Gundy began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont, 1981-83, and was head coach at Castleton State College (VT) for three seasons. After assistant coaching stints at Canisius College in 1987 and Fordham University in 1988, Van Gundy was named head coach at Massachusetts-Lowell and spent four seasons there before being hired at Wisconsin. In eight years as a college head coach, Van Gundy compiled a record of 135-92 (.535).
A native of Indio, CA, Van Gundy was a star guard at Alhambra High School. He played in college for his father, Bill, at SUNY-Brockport, where he was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the entire SUNY system as a senior. Van Gundy graduated from SUNY-Brockport in 1981 with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Physical Education. His father retired as head basketball coach at Genesee Community College in Batavia, N.Y. Jeff Van Gundy, Stan’s younger brother, is the head coach of the New York Knickerbockers, where he also worked under the tutelage of Pat Riley from 1991-95.
Van Gundy and his wife, Kim, reside in Miami with their four children, Shannon (10), Michael (7), Alison (4), and Kelly, (2).