Hawks fire head coach Pierce

Published March 2, 2021, 10:27 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks talks to Head Coach Lloyd Pierce of the Atlanta Hawks during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 23, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle / NBAE / Getty Images / Getty Images via AFP)

The Atlanta Hawks fired head coach Lloyd Pierce on Monday following the team’s lackluster start to the season.

A statement from the Hawks said Pierce had been “relieved of his duties” as the team attempted to reinvigorate their season.

Atlanta are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference standings with 14 wins and 20 defeats, just outside the playoff places.

“We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not only the Hawks organization but the city of Atlanta,” Hawks president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk said in a statement.

“We have high expectations for our team on the court and we believe by making this change now that we can have a strong second half of the season,” Schlenk added.

Pierce took over as Hawks head coach in 2018, compiling a 63-120 record in his 183 games in charge.