David Fizdale

David Fizdale
Fizdale in 2009
New York Knicks
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1974-06-16) June 16, 1974
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Career information
High school John C. Fremont
(Los Angeles, California)
College San Diego (1992–1996)
Coaching career 1998–present
Career history
As coach:
1998–2002 San Diego (assistant)
2002–2004 Fresno State (assistant)
20032004 Golden State Warriors (assistant)
20042008 Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
20082016 Miami Heat (assistant)
20162017 Memphis Grizzlies
2018–present New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards

As assistant coach:

David Sean Fizdale (born June 16, 1974) is an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously served as the head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies and was an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, and Miami Heat.


Born in Los Angeles, Fizdale attended Fremont High School in Los Angeles, where he played as a point guard for the school's basketball team.[1] He subsequently attended college at the University of San Diego, where he graduated with a B.A. in communications and a minor in sociology.

Between 2003 and 2016, Fizdale was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat. During his tenure with the Heat, Fizdale coached "Team Shaq", a squad selected by Shaquille O'Neal, at the 2013 Rising Stars Challenge during the NBA All-Star Weekend.[2] His team was defeated 163–135, by Charles Barkley's "Team Chuck", coached by then San Antonio Spurs' assistant coach Mike Budenholzer. After the reshuffle of the Heat's coaching staff, Fizdale became an associate head coach after Ron Rothstein decided to retire from his coaching career and Bob McAdoo was assigned to the scouting staff.

On May 29, 2016, Fizdale was named as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.[3] He led the Grizzlies to a 43–39 record in the 2016–17 season, reaching the Western Conference playoffs. After a 7–12 start to the 2017–18 season, including eight consecutive losses, and a publicized fourth-quarter benching of Marc Gasol, Fizdale was fired from the team on November 27, 2017.[4]

On May 7, 2018, he was named as the head coach of the New York Knicks signing a four-year deal with the organization.[5]

Head coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L WL% Finish PG PW PL PWL% Result
Memphis 2016–17 824339.5243rd in Southwest624.333Lost in First Round
Memphis 2017–18 19712.368(fired)
Career 1015051.495624.333

Personal life

Fizdale currently resides in Los Angeles. He is married to marketer Natasha Sen[6] and has one son, Kyle Jackson, from a prior relationship.[7]


  1. "Returning Starters Make Santa Clara Tourney Favorite". Los Angeles Times. June 18, 1991. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  2. Ira Winderman (February 14, 2013). "Heat assistant Fizdale to coach All-Star Rising Stars". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  3. "Grizzlies name David Fizdale Head Coach". NBA.com. May 29, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  4. "Grizzlies relieve David Fizdale of head coaching duties". NBA.com. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  5. Mahoney, Brian (May 7, 2018). "New York Knicks name David Fizdale new coach". NBA.com. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  6. "Coach Fizdale marries Natasha Sen in San Diego". SB Nation. August 24, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  7. "David Fizdale Coach File". NBA.com. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
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