Eric P. Musselman (born November 19 1964 in Ashland, Ohio) is the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. The son of the late Bill Musselman, Musselman was a successful head coach in the Continental Basketball Association before becoming an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic (under Chuck Daly and Doc Rivers), and Atlanta Hawks (under Lon Kruger).
In the CBA, Musselman posted a 270-122 record (.688), marking the second highest winning percentage in league history behind George Karl, who coached for five seasons in the CBA.
From 1990-1997, Musselman had 24 players called-up to the NBA, the highest number in the league during that span. He holds the distinction of being the only person in CBA history to coach in five league All-Star Games (1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997) and was the first coach in professional basketball history to win 100 games by the age of 28. When he was 23, Musselman became the youngest coach in CBA history.
Musselman also served as head coach of the Florida Sharks of the United States Basketball League (USBL). In the summers of 1995 and 1996, he coached the Sharks to a combined 53-3 record (.946, including playoffs) and back-to-back USBL Championships. He holds the highest winning percentage in league history.
In 2002, Musselman became the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, a position he held for two years. He finished as runner-up to San Antonio's Gregg Popovich in NBA Coach of the Year voting in 2002-2003 with 231 points, including 26 first-place votes. That season, under Musselman's guidance, the Warriors, for the first time in nearly a decade, reached the .500 mark late in the season, holding a record of 30-30 on March 4, 2003. In Musselman's rookie season, his club finished 38-44, the most wins in more than 10 years.
Despite numerous injuries and the loss of the team's top two players in Gilbert Arenas (signed with Washington) and Antawn Jamison (traded to Dallas), the team still finished 37-45 under his direction during the 2003-2004 season. In two seasons as head coach in Golden State, Musselman compiled a 75-89 record.
Musselman attended high school in Brecksville, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, playing on the same high school basketball team as former NBA player Scott Roth and former NFL Pro Bowl punter/quarterback Tom Tupa. Musselman graduated from the University of San Diego, where he played basketball for Jim Brovelli and Hank Egan, both of whom would later work as NBA assistants. Musselman was a fifth-round CBA draft choice of the Albany Patroons in 1987.
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