OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr, who initially rebuffed the Warriors' request for an interview, was announced Tuesday as the 25th coach in franchise history.

Kerr, the 20th coach since the Warriors moved to Bay Area in 1962, replaces the fired Mark Jackson. This is his first coaching job in any capacity.

"I've been preparing in a lot of ways," Kerr said. "I've put together a philosophy and plan."

Kerr said he has that known he wanted to coach for a while but chose the path of a television analyst to spend more time with his family. But he said now's the time for him to make the move.

Golden State Warriors new head coach Steve Kerr smiles during a press conference at the Warriors’ practice facility in downtown Oakland, Calif., on
Golden State Warriors new head coach Steve Kerr smiles during a press conference at the Warriors' practice facility in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Kerr initially turned down his request for an interview because he had already begun the process with the New York Knicks and wanted to see that through. Eventually, Kerr's representatives reached back out to the Warriors and Golden State got its chance to land its man.

Myers said the team had healthy skepticism about hiring a coach with no experience, but ultimately, "What matters most is winning. Sitting to my left is someone who has won at every level."

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