The Phoenix Suns have named former Sun and 14-year NBA player Jeff Hornacek the 16th head coach in franchise history, the team announced today. “We are thrilled to introduce Jeff Hornacek as the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. “Jeff has all of the qualities we were looking for in a head coach—he is a leader, a teacher and a student of the game. Jeff's name has been high on our list ever since my first interview with the Suns. His successes as a player and as an assistant coach, along with his deep ties to this franchise and this community, give us confidence that he will do great things as the next head coach of the Phoenix Suns.” A basketball lifer and the son of a coach, Hornacek played the majority of his 14-year professional career under renowned NBA coaches Cotton Fitzsimmons, the 14th-winningest coach in league history, and Jerry Sloan, who owns the third-most wins in league history. Hornacek joins the Suns after most recently spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach with Utah (2010-13). Prior to that stint on the bench, he served as the team’s shooting coach for three seasons beginning with the 2007 NBA Playoffs (2007-10). The NBA career of the first-time head coach comes full circle as Hornacek takes the reins of the Suns, the franchise that originally selected him 46th overall (second round) in the 1986 NBA Draft. A fan favorite, Hornacek played 468 games in a Phoenix uniform from 1986-1992, averaging 13.7 points, including a career-high 20.1 points in his final season as a Sun, before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the summer of 1992 in the blockbuster deal that landed the Suns Charles Barkley.