Mike Woodson joins the New York Knicks organization again, according to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.
Woodson spent parts of three seasons as head coach of the Knicks from 2011 to 2014, accumulating a record of 109-79. Most recently he was an assistant to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The news comes after the Knicks officially announced that Tom Thibodeau will be their next head coach on Thursday.
While Thibodeau had always been considered the favorite to get the job, the Knicks had extensive research that included at least 11 candidates. Woodson reportedly interviewed the position of head coach at least twice and felt he deserved the opportunity.
“I did my job when I was here. We won games. The fan base was busy,” he said in June, for SNY’s Ian Begley. “I left Garden many nights thinking that the fans were proud and excited about what we were doing. Am I able to go back to New York and help them build a winning team again? I am confident in this, I absolutely do it.”