Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement in principle for Larry Drew to become the team's new head coach, general manager John Hammond announced Friday.
Drew becomes the 13th head coach in the history of the franchise. He will replace Jim Boylan, who stepped in after the Bucks and Scott Skiles parted ways Jan. 8.
"We are pleased to reach an agreement with Larry Drew to become head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks," said Hammond. "After a thorough search and interview process, it was clear to us that Larry's track record in Atlanta, along with his experience as an assistant coach and player, make him the right choice to lead our club. We look forward to what he will bring to this franchise and we welcome him and his family to Milwaukee."
Drew was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks for the past three seasons, compiling a 128-102 record during that span. The Hawks made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2011 before losing in the first round of the playoffs the next two seasons.
Prior to becoming a head coach, he was the lead assistant coach with the Hawks for six seasons (2004-2010). Before arriving in Atlanta, Drew was an assistant with the New Jersey Nets and Byron Scott after spending the previous three seasons with the Washington Wizards in a similar capacity (2000-03) under Doug Collins. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach in 1999-2000 with Detroit under Alvin Gentry. His coaching career began in 1992-93 when he broke into the ranks with the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he played for from 1989-91.
A first-round selection of the Pistons in the 1980 NBA Draft, Drew averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists in 714 career games with four NBA teams.