Wizards Announce Return of Head Coach Randy Wittman

by June 04, 2012

It’s not exactly breaking news that Randy Wittman will return as head coach of the Washington Wizards next season, but the team did make it official today. Per CSN Washington: “We are excited to bring Randy back as head coach and give him the opportunity to build on the positive momentum that the team showed under his leadership last season,’ Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said. ‘We were very pleased with the development of our young players and the commitment to winning he instilled despite taking over the team under difficult circumstances.’ After a 2-15 start, Flip Saunders was fired in late January and in stepped Wittman who had been an assistant coach. ‘I’m very appreciative of the opportunity that Mr. Leonsis and Ernie have given me and I’m thrilled to be returning to work with these players and this organization,’ said Wittman. ‘I felt that we made significant progress throughout last season and we are all looking forward to having a full summer, training camp and season to continue to improve this team.’ Wittman continues his third stint as a head coach after leading both the Minnesota Timberwolves (2006-07 to 2008-09) and Cleveland Cavaliers (1999-2000 to 2000-01). He had served as the Wizards’ lead assistant since the 2009-10 season prior to being named head coach last season.“