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PORTLAND – The Portland Trail Blazers have named Terry Stotts as the new head coach.
General Manager Neil Olshey announced Tuesday that the 18-year coaching veteran would be taking over for the 2012 season.
“I’m very pleased to be a part of a great franchise in a beautiful city with such a proud history,” said Stotts. “I look forward to working hard with Neil and our players toward the ultimate goal of bringing another championship to Portland.”
Stotts has twice served as an NBA head coach, with two-year stints in both Milwaukee (2005-07) and Atlanta (2002-04). He has compiled an overall head coaching record of 115-168 (.406).
During his two seasons with Milwaukee, Stotts guided the Bucks to a 63-83 (.432) mark, including a playoff appearance in 2006. Stotts replaced Lon Kruger as head coach of the Hawks on Dec. 26, 2002, and accumulated a record of 52-85 (.380) in two seasons with Atlanta.
The candidates had been narrowed down to Stotts, 54, and current interim head coach Kaleb Canales, who took over after Nate McMillan was fired last March.
“Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA Championship, said Olshey. “He understands the vision for the future of the franchise, appreciates the process involved and will create an environment on the court that will produce championship habits.”
A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Stotts grew up in Illinois, Wisconsin, Guam and finished high school in Bloomington, Indiana. Stotts is married to his wife, Jan.
The Blazers have not commented on whether Canales will remain with the team after Stotts takes over.
Canales was hired by the Blazers in 2005 as a video intern. He eventually became the team's video coordinator. In 2009, he was promoted to an assistant coach position. When he took over as interim head coach at age 34, he became the NBA's youngest active head coach.