|Date of birth||February 23, 1955|
|Place of birth:||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Overall record:||636-511 (as of 2010-11)|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
|4x NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month|
Phil "Flip" Saunders (born Febuary 23, 1955) is an American basketball coach who last served as head coach of the NBA's Washington Wizards. He previously coached the Detroit Pistons (2005-2008) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (1995-2005).
He spent the last nine-plus years with the Minnesota Timberwolves, guiding the club to eight consecutive playoff appearances and a franchise-best 58-24 record in 2003-04 – the top record in the Western Conference. During his tenure in Minnesota, Saunders won NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month honors four times (April ’04, February ’03, January ’01, January ’00).
In September 2001, Saunders guided the United States men’s basketball team to a perfect 5-0 record and gold medal at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia.
On June 3, 2008 Saunders was fired as Pistons coach.