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Bucks name Budenholzer new head coach

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -

The Milwaukee Bucks have made it official. They announced that Mike Budenholzer will be the next head coach of the team.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike Budenholzer as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst in a statement. “Mike has played a key role in building successful teams throughout his career. He’s widely respected and has shown a special ability to teach and develop players. His leadership, basketball intellect, championship-level experience and communication skills make him the right fit to take our team to the next level.”

Budenholzer spent five seasons as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. The 48-year old posted a 213-197 record. He was the NBA Coach of the Year after his team posted a 60-22 record in the 2014-15 season.

“I’m extremely grateful to the Bucks ownership group and Jon Horst to be named the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks,” Budenholzer said in a statement. “There are terrific people throughout the organization and together we have a tremendous opportunity to take the Bucks to the next level. I look forward to working with our group of young and exciting players and helping us evolve in many ways to succeed on the court. The venues are also in place with an incredible, new state-of-the art arena and first-class Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center. The tremendously supportive fans in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin are waiting and ready. Now it’s up to us to put all the pieces together, and I can't wait to get started.”

Before taking over the Hawks, Budenholzer spent 17 seasons as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. 

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