Orlando Magic Hire Steve Clifford as New Head Coach

Steve Clifford
DENVER, CO. JANUARY 29: Charlotte Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford is in the game against Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Denver. Colorado. January 29. 2014. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

According to reports, the Orlando Magic have hired Steve Clifford as the team’s new head coach. Clifford reportedly agreed to a four-year contract with the team.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news this morning:

Orlando Magic Hire Steve Clifford as Coach

Clifford, 56, spent the last five years as head coach of the Charlotte Hornets. The move is especially bold for a Magic team that hasn’t maintained a head coach for more than two years since Stan Van Gundy. However, Orlando’s president of basketball operations, Jeff Weltman, is determined to land a coach who will lead the team long-term. After six straight losing seasons, Clifford will have to coach the team out of another rebuild.

Clifford coached Charlotte to a 196-214 record during his tenure as head coach there. He also missed 21 games of his final season due to sleep deprivation and severe migraines. The Hornets made the playoffs twice during his five-year tenure with the team. Clifford’s primary duties will be to develop the Magic’s core young players, Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon, as the team hopes to continue building.


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