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New Marshall University Basketball Coach Dan D'Antoni Has Deep Ties To School

Reported: Apr. 24, 2014 2:16 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 24, 2014 11:02 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Dan D'Antoni, announced on Thursday as the new head men's basketball coach at Marshall University has deep ties to the Thundering Herd as a former player and a member of the school's Athletics Hall of Fame.

The university said in a news release that D’Antoni, the older brother of Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, has served as an NBA assistant coach for the past nine seasons. He was a member of the Phoenix Suns’ staff from 2005-06 through 2007-08. He spent four seasons on the New York Knicks’ staff, then served as an assistant on the Los Angeles Lakers’ staff for the past two seasons.

During his career, D’Antoni, 66, also served as the head coach of the Knicks’ and Lakers’ NBA Summer League teams.

After D'Antoni graduated from Marshall in 1970, he joined the Herd staff as the head coach of the freshman basketball team, where he coached his younger brother, Mike, before becoming an assistant coach of the Herd varsity.

D’Antoni was named head basketball coach at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 1975. After coaching 30 years at Socastee (1975–2005), D'Antoni had accumulated more than 500 wins and multiple coach of the year honors, while founding the Beach Ball Classic, one of the most prestigious high school basketball tournaments in the country. That event has featured more than 75 players who have gone on to play in the NBA.

D’Antoni was the head coach of the Beach Ball Select AAU basketball team, which featured future NBA players Raymond Felton and Ramon Sessions.

As a high schooler, D’Antoni was an All-State first team selection at Mullens. At Marshall, he was the starting point guard on Ellis Johnson’s “Iron Man 5” that played in the NIT in the 1966-67 and ’67-’68 seasons. The ’66-67 team reached the NIT semifinals, and D’Antoni led the tournament in assists. As a senior, he was an All-Mid-American Conference first team selection in 1968-69, when he led the Herd in scoring, at 17.5 points per game. D’Antoni was All-MAC second team his junior season.

D’Antoni is one of Marshall’s 49 players to score 1,000 career points, with 1,109, and ranks 13th on the Herd’s career free throw percentage list, at .774 (301-of-389).

D’Antoni -- whose given name is Lewis Joseph D'Antoni II -- was inducted into the Marshall Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990.

D’Antoni graduated from Marshall in 1970 with a degree in speech and physical Education, and also earned a master’s degree in principles of guidance from Marshall in 1972.

He is the father of three sons, all of whom played collegiate basketball: Matt played at Brown; Andrew attended Army and later served 3 1/2 years in Iraq, rising to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army; and Nick attended William & Mary, where he was captain of the basketball team. D’Antoni and his wife, Vanessa, also are parents of a daughter, Morgan.




HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (A.J. Good, Jeff Morris) -- Marshall University has named Dan D'Antoni as the new head men's basketball coach.

D'Antoni has served as an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the brother of Mike D'Antoni, head coach of the Lakers who had previously been mentioned as one of the front runners for the job.

Marshall University Athletic Director Mike Hamrick made the announcement about Dan D'Antoni on his Twitter page.

Eyewitness Sports had learned that Jeff Neubauer, the head coach of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team, had withdrawn his name from contention for the job.



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