Dan D’Antoni, the older brother of Mike D’Antoni, has been an NBA assistant with the Knicks, Suns and most recently, the Lakers.


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall’s 42-day basketball coaching search end with a D’Antoni after all.

Just not the one who had been the focus of numerous reports and speculation.

Dan D’Antoni, the older brother of Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni, was announced as the Thundering Herd’s new coach Thursday afternoon.

Athletics director Mike Hamrick announced the hiring via Twitter ending a search.

Like his brother, Dan D’Antoni, 66, is a Marshall alum. The Mullens native replaces Tom Herrion, who resigned after four seasons with The Herd.

Mike D’Antoni had been the center of speculation for several weeks as Marshall’s coaching search continued to drag on. It seemed as if circumstances were aligning for Mike D’Antoni to return to Marshall. However, the Charleston Daily Mail reported Tuesday, the younger D’Antoni had withdrawn himself from consideration due to his contractual obligations to the Los Angeles Lakers. D’Antoni still has one year left on his contract and the Lakers own him $4 million next season.

Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood removed his name from consideration Wednesday and Eastern Kentucky coach Jeff Neubauer, a former John Beilein assistant at West Virginia, informed his team Thursday that he would not take the Marshall job.

Dan D’Antoni has a long resume of coaching experience, however this will be his first adventure into college basketball as a head coach.

D’Antoni served as an assistant for The Herd in the 1970-71 season then spent 30 years as a high school coach at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach where he won more than 500 games.

Since 2005, he has worked as an assistant on his older brother’s staffs in Phoenix (2005-08), in New York (2008-12) and in Los Angeles (2012-14).

D’Antoni was inducted into the Marshall Hall of Fame in 1990. He led The Herd with 17.5 points per game during the 1968-69 season and is among 49 players in the program’s history with 1,000 career points.

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  • Jake

    Dan is the man ! Best of luck to marshall basketball . Tryouts at south mullens playground friday at 5 pm .

    • Mullens guy

      It's actually been moved to the middle school gym due to weather.

  • Bagdad Bob

    Dan's a great brother!
    Dan is just keeping the seat warm for Mike when the Lakers - errr Kobe fires him next year.

  • Larry

    I'm shocked, still can't believe Marshall was actually able to hire Mike D'Antoni....................................'s older, lesser known brother.

  • jerry thomas

    exactly what I have been suggesting we do, under the circumstances.

    • Mister Man

      And where did you suggest that?

      • Tom

        ...On the can?

  • BH

    Congratulations Mr. D'Antoni!

  • Tom

    Dan is simply holding a place for Mike when he gets his walking papers from the Lakers next year.

  • Uncle Unctuous

    Well right off the bat he comes in having reached Social Security retirement age for his birth year, so he's got that going for him.

  • L. Vorenus

    Dan is a great choice. Aside from his NBA experience, I watched him in South Carolina, and am still amazed that during his tenure at Socastee High School, he was able to win consistently year-after-year with, frankly, medicore talent relative to the competition. In fact, since he departed in 2005, Socastee no longer has a competitive basketball program. Bottom line, as a head coach, the man knows how to win ball games.

    • DeAndre

      Good thing he has a good track record with working with mediocre talent.

  • Aaron

    This is a good hire and probably comes about as a result of their pursuit of brother Mike.

    At 66, he's short term so I do think they should hire an associate head coach with college experience. This would be the perfect time to bring Bruce Bolen back to WV.

    • Mountain State U guy

      How about BOB Bolen instead of Bruce? Do you think he's available?

      • Aaron

        He's an assistant at ETSU.

        You tell me, is he available?

  • bill

    Certainly a lot more to this story. But two things for sure, Mike D. is a great brother and Mike H. is apoor AD.

  • Dave

    Doesn't sound like a bad hire. I like it because he is an alum and will do his best to get the Herd back into it. He should have the Herd back upon their hooves in 3 years. If not, then it's time to start looking again.

  • richard

    He will do fine. This is a good hire considering how late it has gotten in the hiring process. Good luck Dan.

  • Jeremy Bauserman

    The Herd should make the CBI in year 1, the NIT in year 2 and the NCAA's in year 3. There are now expectations to live up to.

  • cutty77

    Good luck to him. But will someone please tell me if Doc Holiday has signed a New Contract?

  • Brett

    Sounds like a winner. He should have the knowledge needed to succeed.

    • Brett

      Why is everyone knocking on his age? 66 is not that old. They obviously wanted a veteran coach instead of someone that has never been proven. Plus, you find some up and coming go that does great, he is out the door as soon as somebody throws some money at him. I think this fits just right.

      • WV Grad

        It's the man, not his age. Looks like a great hire for Marshall. Go Herd!

    • Joe Schmoe

      Pretty bad when the coach from EKU pulls out. Says alot about the state of the program down at Cabell County Vo Tech

      • Aaron

        A national coach of the year finalist pulled out AFTER it was publicly announced by multiple sources including a Lexington Television station that he had agreed in principal to be the coach at Marshall.

        • ellis53

          At least Dan has 6-7 years as a NBA assistant. That means a lot recruiting HS players.

          • Curly Joe

            30 years as a high school coach means he can relate well to that age group and recruiting will see a very big improvement. I remember Dan from high school days and he has always been a competitor and a truly fine person. Great hire! Go Herd!

      • Interesting123

        You do know that coaches routinely "remove their name from consideration" when they find out they wont be the guy right? It allows them a chance to save face.

      • TenThunder

        Typical 'eer response, Shmoe. Have fun taking your Big 12 arse whippin

        • GO WVU

          Marsha can't do it...why not wish for someone else to do it.

          • James

            wvu can't do it...why not wish for someone else to do it?