Marshall hires Dan D’Antoni to be their head coach


The Marshall Thundering Herd have finally hired a D’Antoni. Granted, it is the Dan D’Antoni variety and not the Mike D’Antoni version they previously coveted, but it is a D’Antoni nonetheless.

(Please don’t call him Mike. Please don’t call him Mike. Please don’t…)

Dan D’Antoni used to play for Marshall way back in the day. Just like his brother. Unlike Mike, though, Dan D’Antoni has yet to ruin the LA Lakers basketball franchise. So, um, there’s that.

That was Marshall’s athletic director making the news official the only way possible, on the mean streets of Twitter.

Also, side note, sure looks like Dan D’Antoni is dominating the heck out of Toledo there.

So, yay, Marshall fans. You got what you always wanted, right? A Marshall basketball program led by Coach D’Antoni.

Zoinks, Batman. I am out of horrible, stupid and not really relative jokes regarding the D’Antoni brothers.

The only head coaching experience Dan has is 30 years coaching high school basketball. Other than that, um, he was an assistant under his brother a bunch.

Pasta and basketball, friends. Pasta and basketball!

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  • Lucius Vorenus

    An an initial matter, Mr. Nardone is an idiot. Aside from Dan’s NBA experience, I watched him coach ball in South Carolina. Year after year the man built competitive, fun to watch teams and won ball games with, frankly, medicore talent relative to the competition, and along the way became a local coaching legend. He founded and built the Beach Ball Classic into THE premier national high school basketball tournament.
    I am sure Mr. Nardone may hem and haw about Dan having no college experience. But a prior wealth of experience is no predictor of future success. John Wooden “only” had 11 years high school coaching experience before landing a gig with Indiana State University, and a couple years thereafter, UCLA. Erik Spolestra was the “video guy” and scout before taking the reins of the Miami Heat. Phil Jackson coached in Puerto Rico, and was the Bulls’ assistant coach for two years before taking over head coaching duties.
    The point is successful coaches have come from a wide variety of backgrounds — there is no litmus test for future success. The common denominator between the foregoing coaches and Dan is that they tend to work hard and be mostly successful wherever they go, so spare me the “he’s only been a high school coach and NBA assistant coach for his brother … blah, blah, blah.”