Scott Skiles has resigned as head coach of the Orlando Magic after one year with the team, the team announced on Thursday.
The team has already started its search for his replacement.
“After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team,” Skiles said in a statement. “Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize thus type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. any other rumors are pure conjecture.”
“I sincerely apologize for any unintended consequences that may adversely affect anyone associated with this decision,” he added. “The Magic are a world-class organization that employs world-class people. I wish them nothing but great success. I will always be thankful to the DeVos family, for the oppportunity.”
Skiles and the Magic finished last season with a 35–47 record, which was a 10-game improvement from the previous year. He is the 11th NBA head coach that started the 2015–16 season that is no longer with his respective team.
Skiles spent five seasons as a player with the Magic, including the team’s inaugural 1989–90 season. He holds a 478–480 record as a head coach after time with Olrando, Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee. He has reached the playoffs six times.