Scott Skiles was named the head coach of the Bucks on Monday, April 21, 2008 ... he is the 11th head coach in team history ... Skiles, 44, has amassed an overall record of 281-251 (.528) as an NBA head coach, which includes stints with the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns (9 total seasons) ... He was hired as head coach of the Bulls on November 28, 2003, and inherited a 4-12 team ... Following that season, he went on to guide the team to three consecutive seasons of better than 40 wins (45.7 average) and three postseason appearances, which followed a six-year playoff drought for Chicago ... the Bulls won 49 games in 2006-07, their most since they went 62-20 in ’97-98, and swept the defending NBA champion Miami Heat 4-0 in the first round of the 2007 NBA playoffs … coached the Bulls to a 41-41 record and finished seventh in the Eastern Conference in 2005-06 … during the 2005-06 season, his squad led the NBA in opponent field goal percentage for the second straight season, holding foes to a .426 clip; the two-year run was the first of its kind in the NBA in over seven seasons … collected his 200th career win on Jan. 25, 2006 at Toronto and followed that up with his 100th win as head coach of the Bulls on April 4, 2006 against Indiana … he was also named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for April 2006 after guiding his team to an NBA-best 9-1 record for the month … in 2004-05, he led his squad to a 47-35 mark, the third best in the Eastern Conference, and to the franchise’s first playoff berth in seven years … the 47 wins were an improvement of 24 games from the 2003-04 season (23-59) and the second-best one-season turnaround in team history … under his direction, Chicago limited its opposition to an NBA-best .422 field goal percentage … Skiles’ defensive-minded Bulls also held their opponents to a franchise record and NBA season-high 26 straight games below 100 points … he was named NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January 2005 after guiding the Bulls to an NBA best 13-3 mark, including a seven-game winning streak … after a two-year absence from the game, he joined the Bulls on Nov. 28, 2003, and inherited a 4-12 team … the team responded immediately under Skiles and snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 97-87 win over Milwaukee … the 2003-04 Bulls went on to finish 23-59 (.280), including 19-47 (.288) under Skiles … while at the helm in Phoenix, Skiles compiled an overall record of 116-79 (.595), including a 5-8 (.385) postseason mark … the Suns twice made the playoffs while he was there, including a first-round series win over the defending World Champion San Antonio Spurs in 2000 … he received his first head coaching job in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns during the 1999-00 season on Dec. 13, 1999, when Danny Ainge resigned, and Skiles guided Phoenix to a 40-22 record the remainder of the year, the 12th-best first-year coaching record in NBA history … in his one full season in Phoenix, the Suns went 51-31 (.622) and finished third in the Pacific Division … prior to his promotion in Phoenix, Skiles was a member of Ainge’s coaching staff for two-plus seasons … before that, he served as head coach of PAOK in Greece … played for 10 seasons in the NBA with five different teams (Milwaukee, Indiana, Orlando, Washington and Philadelphia) and appeared in 600 games, including 371 starts, and averaged 11.1 ppg and 6.5 apg, while shooting .889 from the free throw line (6th best in NBA history) … he still holds the NBA record for most assists in a game with 30, set on Dec. 30, 1990, as a member of the Orlando Magic … was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 1990-91 campaign, when he averaged a career-best 17.2 ppg and 8.4 apg … he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round (22nd overall) in the 1986 NBA Draft … an All-American at Michigan State, he left as the school’s all-time leading scorer while playing under Jud Heathcote … his No. 4 jersey is retired at Michigan State and he was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in September of 2007 … as a senior in high school he scored 39 points in the state finals to lead Plymouth High School to the Indiana State Championship in 1982 … had his No. 22 jersey retired at Plymouth High School in 1992 …Skiles was born in LaPorte, Ind., on March 5, 1964 … he is married to wife, Kim, and has two sons, Scott, Jr. and Sean, and one daughter, Shelby.
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