Marshall University names Dan D’Antoni head coach

danLongtime Socastee High School head basketball coach Dan D’Antoni has been named the head coach of the Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball team, Grand Strand Sports Report has learned.

Marshall athletic director Mike Hammrick confirmed the decision earlier today. Marshall has been without a coach since Tom Herrion’s resignation March 14, and rumors began circulating that Dan’s brother Mike would be named the new coach. Mike is currently the head coach for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers.

Dan D’Antoni started at point guard at Marshall from 1968-70 and is a Marshall Athletics Hall of Famer. He coached at Socastee High for 30 years, winning over 500 games in his career. He is also the founder of the Beach Ball Classic, held annually in Myrtle Beach.

In 2005, Dan accepted the position of assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns, under brother and head coach Mike D’Antoni.

In 2008 they accepted the same positions with the New York Knicks before moving to the Los Angeles Lakers.   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.

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