Mike D'Antoni Wins NBA Coach of the Year
He played for the Herd from 1970-73
NEW YORK CITY – Former Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball guard Mike D’Antoni was named the National Basketball Association (NBA) Coach of the Year, the league announced Monday.
This is the second time the Mullens, W.Va., native has won the award, as he received the honor in 2005 while he was the head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
D’Antoni played point guard for the Herd from 1970-73 and helped lead Marshall to a No. 8 national ranking and a 23-4 record in 1972, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in the process. After graduation from Marshall, Mike D’Antoni enjoyed a 17-year career playing professional basketball before turning to coaching. This season, he was named the Houston Rockets’ head coach after previously coaching the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.
The Rockets broke the NBA single-season record for three-pointers made in late March of the regular season, while D’Antoni linked up with James Harden to lead the team to a 55-27 record in the regular season.
Mike’s brother Dan is the current head coach of the men’s basketball team. Dan, who was a three-year starter, averaged 17.5 points per game as a senior and was elected to Marshall’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. Prior to that, he won more than 500 games over a 30-year period as the head coach at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C. This previous season was the most successful in his tenure as the head coach, as the Herd reached 20 wins for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
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