By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor
Dan D’Antoni will be named the new head men’s basketball coach at Marshall, a source with direct knowledge of the hiring confirmed to The Register-Herald on Thursday.
Marshall has been without a coach since Tom Herrion’s resignation March 14. A search began immediately, with pursuit of current Los Angeles Lakers coach and Mullens native Mike D’Antoni taking center stage. It was reported late Tuesday that D’Antoni will be retained as coach of the Lakers, with whom he still has two years remaining on his current contract.
Dan D’Antoni is Mike’s older brother and is one of his assistants in L.A., but will leave to take over at his alma mater.
Dan D’Antoni started at point guard at Marshall from 1968-70 and is a Marshall Athletics Hall of Famer.
After his playing career, Dan D’Antoni coached Mike on Marshall’s freshman team. He eventually became the coach at Socastee High in Myrtle Beach, where he won over 500 games in a 30-year career. It was in Myrtle Beach that he founded the Beach Ball Classic, which started as an eight-team tournament but blossomed into a 16-team national showcase. Among the classic’s alumni is current Laker and future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.
In 2005, Dan followed Mike to be his assistant with the Phoenix Suns. They were there until 2008 before taking the same roles with the New York Knicks. The two have been with the Lakers since 2012.
Dan coached the summer teams for both the Knicks and Lakers.
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