James Borrego (born November 12, 1977) is an American basketball coach who is the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Borrego played three seasons with the San Diego Toreros, and during his senior season (2000–01), was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team.
Borrego began his coaching career with his alma mater, University of San Diego, as an assistant from 2001 to 2003. During his tenure, San Diego captured the West Coast Conference Championship and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament in the 2002–2003 season.
After his coaching stay with the Toreros, Borrego began in 2003 his career in professional basketball with the San Antonio Spurs, starting as an assistant video coordinator in the summer of 2003 and being promoted to assistant coach afterwards. He spent seven seasons with the Spurs, being part of two NBA championship teams in 2005 and 2007 before leaving the team to join former Spurs' assistant Monty Williams when he took the head coach job with the New Orleans Hornets from 2010 until 2012.
Afterwards, he joined Jacque Vaughn as the lead assistant for the Orlando Magic. He took over the Magic when Vaughn was fired on February 5, 2015. On February 6, he made his coaching debut against the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 103–97 in overtime. On February 17, he became the coach of the team for the rest of the season.
On June 17, 2015, he returned with the Spurs as an assistant coach for Gregg Popovich.
On May 10, 2018, the Charlotte Hornets named Borrego as their new head coach, signing a four-year deal with the team. This signing led Borrego to become the first Latino head coach in the NBA's 72-year history.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Borrego led Albuquerque Academy to a pair of state championships. In 2001, he earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in leadership studies from University of San Diego. Currently, he and his wife, Megan, have a daughter and two sons.
Former Youth Teams
Former Senior Teams
Former Club Staff