The Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr will replace Gregg Popovich as the head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team. The USA Basketball’s managing director Grant Hill confirmed the news on Monday.
Kerr is well familiar with Team USA, serving as an assistant to Popovich during the Olympic gold medal run at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He also represented the USA as a player, helping his country win the 1986 FIBA World Championship.
“I’m incredibly honored and humbled to represent our country as the head coach for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team,” Kerr said in a statement. “It’s a thrilling opportunity, and I’m excited for the challenge.”
Kerr will be tasked with continuing Team USA’s streak of consecutive Olympic gold medals, which now stands at four. He will also coach the team at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, where Team USA will be looking to win the competition for the first time since 2014.
Steve Kerr has been the head coach of the Warriors since 2014 and has led his team to three NBA titles. He previously also served as the general manager for the Phoenix Suns.
USA Basketball also announced Kerr’s coaching staff for the upcoming competitions. He’ll be joined by Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, Suns head coach Monty Williams, and Gonzaga University longtime coach Mark Few.