Pierce succeeds Mike Budenholzer as Hawks coach. The Hawks and Budenholzer parted ways following five seasons.
The Hawks said they will officially introduce Pierce at a Monday news conference.
Pierce’s Hawks candidacy was buoyed by working with Schlenk for part of one season in Golden State. Pierce was hired by the Warriors in December 2010 after Stephen Silas left for a position with the Hornets. Mark Jackson, then head coach of the Warriors, didn’t retain Pierce for the next season.
Pierce reportedly was in charge of Philadelphia’s defense this season. The Sixers ranked fourth in defensive efficiency during the regular season.
Schlenk interviewed seven candidates for head coach. The Hawks hoped to hire David Fizdale before he accepted the head coach job with the Knicks. After that, Pierce emerged as the favorite among a group of finalists that also included Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, Hornets assistant Stephen Silas and Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga.
Before joining Brown’s Sixers staff, Pierce was a player-development assistant with the Grizzlies from 2011-13. He served in a similar role with the Cavaliers from 2007-10 and was an assistant coach at Santa Clara University from 2002-07.
Pierce is a native of San Jose, Calif. He played basketball at Santa Clara and graduated with a degree in business management. Pierce played four seasons internationally before returning to his alma mater to coach.