When Did Gregg Popovich Start Coaching the San Antonio Spurs?

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich
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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Jan 09, 2023, 5:08 PM
  • Gregg Popovich has been head coach of the Spurs since 1996-97.
  • Popovich has won five titles with San Antonio.

Gregg Popovich is one of the greatest basketball coaches ever. His success as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs is undoubtedly legendary.

Aside from recently, Popovich’s teams have usually had good NBA odds of at least making the playoffs or even winning the championship.

Popovich has been with the Spurs for a long time. In fact, he started coaching the team in the previous millennium.

When Did Gregg Popovich Start Coaching the San Antonio Spurs?

Gregg Popovich took over as the head coach of the Spurs midway through the 1996-97 season. He’s in his 27th season on the job and is the longest-tenured active coach among all four major US sports leagues.

In 1994, Popovich became the general manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations with the Spurs, where he was previously an assistant coach. He is also the president of Spurs basketball currently.

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Gregg Popovich won five NBA championships with the Spurs in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He’s just one of five NBA coaches to win that many titles.

Although he’s not a Coach of the Year odds frontrunner this season, Popovich has won the award three times (2003, 2012 and 2014).

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.