Stan Van Gundy Biography

Stan Van Gundy is a renowned American basketball coach, known for his successful coaching career in the NBA. He has served as the head coach for the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic, achieving great success with the latter two teams. Van Gundy led the Miami Heat to the Eastern Conference finals and took the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals. Although his final stint with the Detroit Pistons was less successful, Van Gundy’s coaching abilities are highly regarded. In addition to his NBA coaching career, Van Gundy is also considered one of the best college basketball coaches of all time, having achieved success with teams like the Castleton Spartans, UMass Lowell River Hawks, and the Wisconsin Badgers. He has also made appearances on various TV shows as an NBA analyst and has been featured in documentaries such as “60 Minutes Sports”.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Stanley Alan Van Gundy
  • Age: 64 Years, 64 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Kim Van Gundy (m. 1988)
    • Father: Bill Van Gundy
    • Children: Alison Van Gundy, Kelly Van Gundy, Michael Van Gundy, Shannon Van Gundy
  • Born Country: United States
  • Coaches American Men
  • Height: 5’8″ (173 cm), 5’8″ Males
  • Notable Alumni: St. Thomas University
  • U.S. State: California
  • Education: St. Thomas University

Childhood & Early Life

Stan Van Gundy was born on August 26, 1959, in Indio, California, USA. His father, Bill Van Gundy, is the former head basketball coach of the ‘State University of New York at Brockport’, and his mother is Cindy Van Gundy. He has a younger brother named Jeff Van Gundy, who is a former coach for the ‘New York Knicks’ and ‘Houston Rockets’. Stan attended Alhambra High School in Martinez, California, where he played as a starting guard for the school team. He also played for the SUNY – Brockport team while his father was a coach there. Stan graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a BSc. in Physical Education.


Stan Van Gundy started his coaching career as an assistant coach for the University of Vermont from 1981 to 1983. He then became the head coach at Castleton State College from 1983 to 1986, earning the ‘District 5 Coach of the Year’ honor from ‘NAIA’ in 1983. In 1987, he served as an assistant coach at Canisius College and the following year at Fordham University. From 1988 to 1992, he was the head coach at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, leading the team to a 54-60 record during his tenure.

In 1992, Stan became an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin and was promoted to the head coach position for the Wisconsin Badgers in 1994. However, he was fired after a disappointing first season in 1995. Later that year, he joined the NBA franchise Miami Heat as an assistant coach and held the position for eight years. In the 2003-2004 season, as the head coach of the Miami Heat, Stan led the team to a 42-match winning record and coached them to the semi-finals of the 2004 NBA playoffs. In the 2004-2005 season, the Miami Heat won 52 games and reached the semi-finals of the 2005 NBA playoffs. However, Stan resigned from his position as head coach on December 12, 2005, due to conflicts with Pat Riley.

In June 2007, Stan Van Gundy became the head coach for the Orlando Magic, replacing Billy Donovan. In his first season with the team, they achieved 52 wins and won their first division championship in over a decade. They also reached the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2008. In the 2008-2009 season, the Orlando Magic won 59 games and advanced to the NBA Finals. Stan Van Gundy was named coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game and led the team to victory. However, he was fired from the position of head coach of the Orlando Magic on May 21, 2012, due to conflicts with Dwight Howard.

On May 14, 2014, Stan Van Gundy was named head coach and president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons. Under his tenure, the team missed the playoffs for three seasons and only managed to reach the first round in the 2015-2016 season. He was relieved of his duties on May 7, 2018. Stan has also appeared on TV as an NBA analyst on shows such as ‘The Stephen A. Smith Show’, ‘SportsCenter’, ‘ESPN First Take’, and ‘NBA on ESPN’.

Family & Personal Life

Stan Van Gundy has been happily married to Kimberly Van Gundy since 1988. The couple has four children: son Michael (born 1994) and daughters Shannon (born 1991), Alison (born 1997), and Kelly (born 1999).

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