2:01 pm June 13, 2010, by Michael Cunningham
The Hawks officially hired Larry Drew as coach today, signing him to a two-year contract with an option for a third year.
Drew, 52, succeeds Mike Woodson, who was let go following this season. Drew was Woodson’s lead assistant and now slides into the head coach’s seat for the first time in his career.
The Hawks plan to introduce Drew as coach at a news conference Monday afternoon. From the official Hawks release:
“We are very pleased to welcome Larry as the new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks,” GM Rick Sund said. “After aggressively going through the interview process with all of the candidates it became clear, with his knowledge of the game as well as his experience as player and assistant coach, he had the qualities we were looking for to lead our club. Over the last few years, a number of teams have had success hiring from within and we feel he is more than ready for the challenge.”
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