Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 5/28/13
ATLANTA The Atlanta Hawks have hired San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer to be their next head coach. According to his bio, Budenholzer, 43, graduated from college in 1992-93, played one year professionally in Denmark and then was hired by the Spurs in 1994 and has remained with them ever since. He has served as an assistant for the last 16 years and the last five as Gregg Popovichs top assistant. The Arizona native is the youngest of seven children. His father was a high school and college coach who retired in 1997. Somewhat similarly, Hawks general manager Danny Ferrys father was an NBA player and executive. With the Spurs having swept Memphis on Monday in the Western Conference Finals and advanced to the NBA Finals, Ferry had a window with which to negotiate with Budenholzer. The Eastern Conference Finals continue on Tuesday with Miami leading 2-1 and will not be complete for several days. Budenholzer is seeking his fifth championship as an assistant with the Spurs organization. The Hawks will formally introduce Budenholzer at a press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Philip Arena. As Popovichs top assistant, Budenholzer no doubt learned a great deal about piecing together a winner in the NBA. As Ferry has gone through two stints with San Antonio, the men reportedly share a strong working relationship. Its no small thing to have the coach and GM on the same page in terms of team building. As first-time head coaches in almost any professional sport will say, there is a vast difference in being a head coach and being an assistant: in dealing with media, in dealing with players, in dealing with ownership so much more time (and stress) is devoted to these other duties that assistants do not have to handle. And for any first-time head coach, there is a certain learning-on-the-job factor, something with which Budenholzer will have to deal. Budenholzer replaces Larry Drew, whose contract is set to expire on June 30 after three seasons in which he guided the Hawks to three playoff berths. He reportedly is a candidate to become the new coach in Milwaukee. The hire is Ferrys first as general manager since taking over last June shortly before the draft.
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