Jeffrey W. "Jeff" Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962) is a former American basketball head coach. He coached most recently with the National Basketball Association's Houston Rockets. Van Gundy attended Yale University, where he was cut from the basketball team. He transferred to Menlo College and ultimately graduated from New York's Nazareth College (1985).
Van Gundy was born in Hemet, California. He grew up as a son of a basketball coach, Bill Van Gundy, the former head coach at Brockport State University in Western New York. His brother Stan Van Gundy is the current head coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic.
Van Gundy began his basketball coaching career during the 1985-86 season at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York. The following year he became a graduate assistant under Rick Pitino at Providence College, helping the Providence Friars advance to the Final Four. In his second season with the Friars he was promoted to assistant coach under Gordon Chiesa. The next season, Van Gundy became an assistant coach under Bob Wenzel at Rutgers.