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James Borrego
Charlotte Hornets
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1977-11-12) November 12, 1977 (age 40)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nationality American
Career information
High school Albuquerque Academy
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)
College San Diego (1998–2001)
Coaching career 2001–present
Career history
As coach:
2001–2003 San Diego (assistant)
20032010 San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
20102012 New Orleans Hornets (assistant)
20122015 Orlando Magic (assistant)
2015 Orlando Magic (interim)
20152018 San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
2018–present Charlotte Hornets

James Borrego (born November 12, 1977)[1] is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).


Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Borrego led Albuquerque Academy to a pair of state championships. In 2001, he earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in leadership studies from University of San Diego. Currently, he and his wife, Megan, have a daughter, Grace, and two sons, Zachary and Nicholas.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Borrego played three seasons with the San Diego Toreros, and during his senior season (2000–01), was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Borrego began his coaching career with his alma mater, University of San Diego, as an assistant from 2001 to 2003. During his tenure, San Diego captured the West Coast Conference Championship and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament in the 2002–2003 season.[2]

After his coaching stay with the Toreros, Borrego began in 2003 his career in professional basketball with the San Antonio Spurs, starting as an assistant video coordinator in the summer of 2003 and being promoted to assistant coach afterwards. He spent seven seasons with the Spurs, being part of two NBA championship teams in 2005 and 2007 before leaving the team to join former Spurs' assistant Monty Williams when he took the head coach job with the New Orleans Hornets from 2010 until 2012.[2]

Afterwards, he joined Jacque Vaughn as the lead assistant for the Orlando Magic.[2] He took over the Magic when Vaughn was fired on February 5, 2015.[3] On February 6, he made his coaching debut against the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 103–97 in overtime.[4] On February 17, he was told he would coach the team for the rest of the season.[5]

On June 17, 2015, he returned with the Spurs as an assistant coach for Gregg Popovich.[6]

On May 10, 2018, the Charlotte Hornets named Borrego as their new head coach,[7] signing a four-year deal with the team.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Orlando 2014–15 30 10 20 .333 5th in Southeast Missed playoffs
Career 30 10 20 .333



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