Garry St. Jean, who spent 10 seasons as an assistant with Golden State, was named head coach of the struggling Sacramento Kings on Friday.
St. Jean replaces Rex Hughes, who finished the season as interim coach after Dick Motta was fired. The Kings finished last in the Pacific Division with a 29-53 record and failed to make the playoffs for the sixth straight year."I'm the type of guy who does not have a huge ego," St. Jean said at a news conference. "Together - and I emphasize the word together - we're going to make this an improved basketball team."
St. Jean, 42, said the Kings will be a fast-breaking team next season.
"We will have a very similar style to the Warriors," he said.
St. Jean declined to discuss the team's approach to the June 24 draft, where the Kings have the seventh overall pick. As for the current team, he said: "There's some really nice pieces. We're going to work to put some more together."
St. Jean's assistants will be former Los Angeles Clippers and Portland coach Mike Schuler and former New Jersey Nets coach Dave Wohl.
St. Jean, 42, has a long-time association with Golden State coach Don Nelson, was was named NBA coach of the year this season after the Warriors went 55-27 and finished second in the Pacific Division.
St. Jean worked for Nelson from 1980-86 as an assistant for the Milwaukee Bucks. He then spent two years as an assistant with the New Jersey Nets before rejoining Nelson at Golden State before the 1988-89 season.
His last head coaching job was at Chicopee High in Massachusetts, where he worked for eight years before joining the Bucks.
Last summer, St. Jean coached the Warriors' entry in the Los Angeles Summer League, and was named coach of the year.
In his last three years in Milwaukee, the Bucks won three Central Division titles, had a combined regular-season record of 166-80 and twice reached made the Eastern Conference finals.
Also Friday, the Kings announced the promotion of player personnel director Jerry Reynolds to general manager.