The New Orleans Pelicans have hired former Phoenix Suns assistant coach Willie Green as their new head coach.
The 39-year-old former NBA player has been an assistant coach for the past five years, first with the Golden State Warriors and then with the Suns.
Green replaced Stan Van Gundy who departed in June after coaching for only one season.
“Willie has established himself as one of the most respected assistant coaches in the NBA,” said executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin on Thursday. “In large part, this is due to a tireless work ethic and authenticity of character.”
“I want to thank [Pelicans governor] Mrs. [Gayle] Benson, David Griffin, and the entire Pelicans organization for having faith in me to lead this talented group of players moving forward,” said Green.
Green becomes the third-youngest head coach in the NBA. The youngest is Oklahoma City Thunder’s Mark Daigneault at 35, while the second youngest Memphis Grizzlies’ Taylor Jenkins at 36.