College - Marshall
The older brother of head coach Mike D’Antoni, Dan D’Antoni joins the Lakers after spending the past four seasons with the New York Knicks, where he served as an assistant coach on his brother’s staff. Hired by New York on June 20, 2008, D’Antoni helped the 2010-11 Knicks to their first winning season since 2000-01.
The 2012-13 season marks D’Antoni’s eighth overall season as an NBA assistant coach. Prior to his time in New York, Dan served as an assistant coach during Mike D’Antoni’s final three seasons with the Phoenix Suns, helping the team to Pacific Division titles in 2006 and 2007. Before joining the Suns in 2005, D’Antoni spent three decades as head coach of Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he compiled over 500 wins. D’Antoni, who led the 1968-69 Marshall team in scoring (17.5 points per game), graduated from Marshall in 1970, served as an assistant coach for Marshall’s varsity team during the 1970-71 season and earned a Master’s degree in Principles of Guidance from Marshall in 1972. D’Antoni was later inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990.
For the D’Antoni family, basketball does not begin and end with Mike and Dan. Their father, Lewis, is a legendary high school basketball coach in West Virginia and Ohio, and was inducted into West Virginia’s Sports Hall of Fame in May 2004.
Dan has three sons, all of whom played collegiate basketball: Matt played at Brown University; Nick served as team captain for William and Mary; and Andrew attended West Point Academy, served over three years in Iraq, rose to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army and in 2011 graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School. Dan and his wife Vanessa are also proud parents of daughter Morgan (15).