The Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League has welcomed new Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce to Atlanta. The Swarm sent out a tweet saying "welcome to ATL, Coach Pierce."
Pierce became the Hawks head coach on May 11. He is the 14th head coach in the history of the Atlanta Hawks since the franchise moved from St. Louis in 1968.
This is the first time that Pierce will be a head coach in the National Basketball Association. He was an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2007-2010, with the Golden State Warriors from 2010-11, with the Memphis Grizzlies from 2011-13 and with the Philadelphia 76ers from 2013-2018. Interestingly two of those teams (the Cavaliers and the Warriors) are still in the 2018 NBA Playoffs as Cleveland is in the Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Celtics and Golden State is in the Western Conference Final against the Houston Rockets. Meanwhile, one could argue that the Philadelphia 76ers were the most improved team in the NBA this season as they went from 28 wins in 2016-17 to 52 wins in 2017-18.
Winning is something the Georgia Swarm have been able to do a lot of since moving from Minnesota. The franchise has made the playoffs in their first three seasons in Duluth and won the 2017 NLL Champion's Cup. Hawks fans would love to see Atlanta return to the playoffs after missing them in 2018 for the first time since 2007.