It is now official that Mike Budenholzer has been fired from his position as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. This came about after the Bucks were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs in the first round by the No. 8 seed Miami Heat, after suffering a surprising loss of 4-1 against them.
The 53-year-old man has been the team’s coach since 2018 and was recently awarded the title of Coach of the Year. It was verified on Friday by Mike Budenholzer that his brother passed away in a car accident before Game 4 of the best-of-seven series between the Bucks and the Heat.
Who Is Mike Budenholzer?
The Milwaukee Bucks are led by Mike Budenholzer, who serves as the team’s head coach. In the history of the Bucks, Budenholzer took over as Head Coach for the 16th time on May 17, 2018.
The Bucks franchise had not won an NBA title since 1971 before Coach Budenholzer guided them to victory in the 2020-2021 NBA season and led them to their first title since 1971.
In his first three seasons as the head coach of the Bucks, Budenholzer was awarded the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award twice (2019 & 2020) in addition to winning the NBA Coach of the Year Award in 2019.
Mike Budenholzer was born in Holbrook, Arizona on August 6, 1969, and he attended Holbrook High School before moving on to other things. In later years, Budenholzer earned a total of four varsity letters in the sports of basketball and golf while attending Pomona College.
Following his graduation in 1993, Budenholzer moved to Denmark to compete for the Vejle Basketball Klub in the sport of basketball. In his first season as a pro (1993-1994), Budenholzer recorded a point-per-game average of 27.5.
John Brent, Savoia Elizabeth, Hanna Louise, and William Vincent are the offspring of Coach Mike Budenholzer and his wife.
Mike Budenholzer Brothers, Jim, And Joe Budenholzer
Mike Budenholzer is the youngest of his parents, Vince and Libby Budenholzer, who had a total of seven children. The Budenholzer family made their home in the little town of Holbrook, which is located around three hours to the northeast of Phoenix in Arizona.
On April 24, only a few hours before Game 4 of Milwaukee’s first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat, Mike Budenholzer found out that one of his brothers had passed away unexpectedly as a result of a vehicle accident. The accident ultimately proved fatal for the brother, who had incurred several injuries.
The passing of Mike Budenholzer’s brother was not made known to the general public until Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham mentioned it prior to the Lakers’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, which was Game 6 of the best-of-seven series between the two teams.
On the other hand, it was never made clear which of Budenholzer’s brothers had passed away.
Before taking over as head coach of the Bucks, Budenholzer spent five years as the head coach of the Hawks, during which time the team qualified for the postseason in each of his first four years and advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference finals in 2015.
Before taking over as head coach of the Hawks, Mike Budenholzer served as an assistant coach for a long period for the Spurs under Gregg Popovich. During his stint with the Spurs, which spanned from 1996 to 2013, the team won four championships.