Morris “Mo” McHone was hired on August 3, 2006, returning to the franchise that he led to a CBA Championship in 1996. He compiled a regular season record of 142-82 (.634) in four seasons with Sioux Falls and remains the franchise’s all-time winningest coach.
McHone spent one-and-a-half seasons as an assistant for the SK Knights in the professional Korea Basketball League (KBL). He spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach for the Samsung Thunders and helped lead them to a championship. Prior to his stint in Korea, he spent two seasons (2001-03) as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers and was also an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons for two seasons (1999-01).
McHone last coached the Sioux Falls Skyforce from 1995-99 before resigning for an assistant coaching position with the Detroit Pistons. His time here was memorable as he guided the ‘Force to the CBA Finals three times, which included winning the championship in his first season as head coach in 1996. He also coached one on the best teams in franchise history as the 1996-97 squad went an amazing 47-9 during the regular season.
Before joining Sioux Falls, McHone was the head coach for the Birmingham Bandits (1991-92), Fort Wayne Fury (1992-93) and Yakima Sun Kings (1993-95). He has an overall CBA coaching record of 229-168 (.577), which includes back-to-back CBA Championships in 1995 (Yakima) and 1996 (Sioux Falls). He was a two-time winner of the CBA’s Coach of the Year award, earning the honor in 1995 with Yakima and in 1997 when he led Sioux Falls to a 47-9 record, the fourth-best mark in league history.
McHone began his professional coaching career with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 1979-80 season as an assistant coach. He then moved on to San Antonio, where he was an assistant coach for the Spurs from 1980-83. With the departure of head coach Stan Albeck to New Jersey in 1984, McHone assumed the head coaching duties and compiled an 11-21 record before relinquishing his position. He returned to coaching during the 1985-86 season as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He also has coached three different USA Basketball teams; the 1997 Tournament of Americas Team, the 1999 USA Men’s Pan American Games Team and the 2005 USA Men’s World Championship Qualifying Team. His teams won a gold medal (1997), a silver medal (1999) and the 2005 squad finished in fourth place and qualified the United States for the 2006 World Championship.
A 1965 graduate of Florida State University, McHone also has 14 years of experience as a college assistant, including stints at Florida State (1970-78), University of Georgia (1978-79) and Bradley University (1986-91).
McHone has a son, Kimble (39), and a daughter, Marcie (29). He and his wife, Valarie, were married in August of 1999.