(DETROIT, MI) – Stan Van Gundy is no longer at the helm of the Detroit Pistons. Announced today, the Pistons terminated Van Gundy as head coach and president of basketball operations. The team said that the search for both positions will start immediately.
“We have decided that this change is necessary to take our basketball organization to the next level,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “This was a very difficult decision and we did not come to it lightly. I am grateful to Stan for everything he’s done for the Pistons and for the City of Detroit.”
Van Gundy was hired by the Pistons on May 14, 2014, and accumulated a regular-season record of 152-176 in four seasons. His departure comes as he was entering the fifth year of a 5-year, $35 million contract.
“I have nothing but respect and love for Stan,” Gores said. “I think he is a great coach and a great man, and his presence and leadership helped move this franchise forward.”
This year, Detroit missed the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons.