Hawks hire Sixers assistant Pierce as new coach

Lloyd Pierce has been an assistant with the 76ers since 2013.

Philadelphia 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce has has been hired as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced Friday.

“As we set out to find a new head coach for our team, it was critically important to find a dynamic teacher who could connect with and develop our young core while instilling the culture and high standards we feel are necessary in a successful program,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said in a prepared statement.

“Lloyd Pierce checks every box, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him leading the Atlanta Hawks into the future.”

ESPN reported Pierce’s contract is for three years, with a team option for a fourth.

“This is a day I’ve been working towards for a long time,” Pierce said. “I have great respect for Travis and strong belief in his plan to bring a championship to the city of Atlanta. After spending time with ownership, it’s clear they have a deep investment in and commitment to making this a model organization. This opportunity is a perfect fit for me, and I’m eager to get started.”

Pierce, 42, has been an assistant on Brett Brown’s staff since 2013. Prior to that he was an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies (2011-13), Golden State Warriors (2010-11) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2007-10). He also spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League.

The Hawks parted ways with coach Mike Budenholzer after the season.