Alvin Gentry is NBA coach and former college basketball player. Gentry played college basketball at Appalachian State University, where he was a point guard under Press Maravich and Bobby Cremins.
From 1986-1989, Gentry served as an assistant at the University of Kansas under Larry Brown, where they won the 1988 NCAA National Championship. He served as an interim head coach for the Miami Heat at the end of the 1994–95 season, and later coached the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans. Gentry was an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns for six years, serving under head coaches Mike D'Antoni and Terry Porter. When Porter was fired in his first season as head coach, Alvin Gentry took over on an interim basis. He was named Suns' head coach for the 2009-2010 season. Gentry's record in his first year as head coach during the 2009-2010 season was 54 wins, a career high, and the Suns advanced to the Western Conference Finals. He won an NBA championship as an associate coach with the Golden State Warriors.
Gentry has led five different NBA teams. As of 2021, Gentry is the Associate Head Coach for the NBA's Sacramento Kings.