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Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time 

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Updated December 21, 2019 956 votes 180 voters 3.4k views 24 items

In their time as an NBA franchise, the Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time have gone through many different head coaches, all with different personalities and coaching styles. With that said, who is the best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time coach of all time? We want to hear your thoughts, which is why we created this poll of the top Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time head coaches.

The first time the Bulls would win a championship was in 1991 under Phil Jackson. Jackson's Bulls would win five additional NBA championships in the same decade.

Other than Jackson, the only Bulls head coach in the NBA Hall of Fame is Jerry Sloan. Sloan also holds a special place in Bulls fan's hearts because he played for the team for ten seasons between 1966-1976.

If you love basketball and the Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time, then help us decide who the best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time coach is by voting up your top picks. You don't have to vote for the winningest Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time coach, but it's hard to argue against solid numbers.
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Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1989–1998

Age: 74

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Deer Lodge, Montana

Philip Douglas Jackson (born September 17, 1945) is an American former professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward, Jackson ...more
2
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
2010–2015

Age: 61

Birthplace: New Britain, Connecticut

Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr. ( THIB-ə-doh; born January 17, 1958) is an American basketball coach who most recently was head coach and president of basketball operations of the Minnesota ...more
3
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
Doug Collins 1986–1989

Age: 68

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois, United States of America

Douglas or Doug Collins may refer to: Doug Collins (journalist) (1920–2001), Canadian journalist, alleged Holocaust denier Doug Collins (basketball) (born 1951), former American NBA player, ...more
4
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1979–1982

Age: 77

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: McLeansboro, Illinois

Gerald Eugene Sloan (born March 28, 1942) is an American former National Basketball Association player and head coach, and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Former NBA commissioner David ...more
5
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1968–1976

Age: 88

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Midvale, Utah

John Richard Motta (born September 3, 1931) is an American former basketball coach whose career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) spanned 25 years, and he continues to rank among the ...more
6
Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
Scott Skiles 2003–2007

Age: 55

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: La Porte, Indiana

Scott Allen Skiles Sr. (born March 5, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Orlando Magic. He also coached the Phoenix Suns, ...more
7
Bill Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
2001–2003

Age: 62

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lodi, California

James William Cartwright (born July 30, 1957) is an American retired NBA basketball player and a former head coach with the Chicago Bulls. A 7'1" (2.16 m) center, he played 16 seasons for ...more
8
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
ryan3 added

Age: 70

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana

Gregg Charles Popovich (born January 28, 1949) is an American professional basketball coach and general manager. He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs of the National ...more
9
Johnny Kerr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1966–1968

Age: Dec. at 77 (1932-2009)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

John Graham "Red" Kerr (July 17, 1932 – February 26, 2009) was an American basketball player, coach, and color commentator. He played in the NBA from 1954 to 1966, mainly as a member ...more
10
Stan Albeck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1985–1986

Age: 88

Nationality: United States of America

Charles Stanley Albeck (born May 17, 1931) is a former professional basketball coach. Albeck has coached for several teams in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball ...more
11
Fred Hoiberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
2015–present

Age: 47

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska

Fredrick Kristian Hoiberg (born October 15, 1972) is an America college basketball coach and former player. He currently is the head coach for the University of Nebraska men's basketball ...more
12
Phil Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1982

Age: 78

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Grace, Idaho

Phillip, Philip, or Phil Johnson may refer to:
13
Vinny Del Negro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
2008–2010

Age: 53

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

Vincent Joseph Del Negro (born August 9, 1966) is an American retired basketball player. He was the head coach of the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls from 2008 to 2010, and the ...more
14
Rod Thorn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1982

Age: 78

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Princeton, West Virginia, United States of America

Rodney King Thorn (born May 23, 1941) is an American basketball executive and a former professional player and coach, Olympic Committee Chairman, with a career spanning over 50 years. In 2018, ...more
15
Kevin Loughery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1983–1985

Age: 79

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Kevin Michael Loughery (born March 28, 1940) is an American former professional basketball player and coach.
16
Pete Myers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
2007

Age: 56

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama

Peter Eddie Myers (born September 15, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player, and a former assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls.
17
Bill Berry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
Bill Berry 2001

Age: 73

Nationality: United States of America

William Edward Berry (born 1942) is an American retired basketball coach.
18
Ed Badger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
Ed Badger 1976–1978

Age: 83

Nationality: United States of America

Ed Badger (born November 5, 1932) is a former college and professional basketball coach. Badger played college basketball at the University of Iowa, and later for the U.S. Air Force and division ...more
19
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1982–1983

Age: 80

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Paul William Westhead (born February 21, 1939) is an American basketball coach who most recently was the head coach of the University of Oregon women's team. In his first year as an NBA head ...more
20
Scotty Robertson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1979

Age: Dec. at 81 (1930-2011)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Robert Scott "Scotty" Robertson III (February 1, 1930 – August 18, 2011) was an American basketball coach. He was the first coach for the New Orleans Jazz (now the Utah Jazz), and he ...more
21
Tim Floyd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1998–2001

Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Timothy Fitzpatrick Floyd (born February 25, 1954) is a former American college basketball coach, most recently the head coach at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He was formerly the ...more
22
Jim Boylan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
2007–2008

Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey

Jim Boylan (born April 28, 1955) is an American basketball coach. He served as the interim head coach for the Chicago Bulls for part of the 2007–08 NBA season. He also served as an interim coach ...more
23
Larry Costello is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
1978–1979

Age: Dec. at 70 (1931-2001)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Minoa, New York

Lawrence Ronald Costello (July 2, 1931 – December 13, 2001) was an American professional basketball player and coach. He was known as the National Basketball Association's last two-handed set
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Jim Boylen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time
dbzGG added Jim Boylen

Age: 54

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: East Grand Rapids, Michigan

James Francis Boylen (born April 18, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has ...more