Sioux Falls, S.D. (July 28, 2011) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that Morris “Mo” McHone will return for his sixth season as head coach in 2011-12. McHone is the winningest coach in franchise history with a regular season record of 180-124 (.592). His teams made the postseason five times and he led the organization to a CBA Championship in 1996.
“Mo’s success with our franchise is unmatched,” said Skyforce owner/president Mike Heineman. “Having his experience and knowledge back on our sidelines will be a major benefit for us this upcoming season.”
McHone replaced Tony Fritz as head coach last season after a 2-18 start and helped the team snap a franchise-record 13-game losing streak in his return to the sidelines. He held the position of director of basketball development for the Austin Toros for two seasons (2007-09) following one season as head coach of the Skyforce. Austin reached the postseason in each of his two seasons in the front office and advanced to the 2008 NBA D-League Finals. Sioux Falls posted a record of 30-20 (.600) in 2006-07 and advanced to the league semifinals before losing to eventual champion Dakota.
McHone’s first stint with the Skyforce (1995-99) was highlighted by three appearances in the CBA Finals and a CBA Championship. He also coached one of the best teams in franchise history as the 1996-97 squad finished the regular season with a record of 47-9, the fourth-best mark in league history.
Prior to coaching in 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 all-time regular season record of 229-168 (.577) in eight CBA seasons and a postseason record of 40-29 (.580). He won back-to-back CBA Championships (’95, ’96) and was a two-time winner (’95, ’97) of the CBA’s Coach of the Year award.
McHone worked in the NBA early in his coaching career as he was an assistant coach in San Antonio from 1980-83 and served as head coach of the Spurs for 31 games during the 1983-84 season. He was also an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers (1979-80, 1985-86), Detroit Pistons (1999-01) and Los Angeles Clippers (2001-03).
Season tickets and 12-ticket flex packs for the 2011-12 season are on sale. For more information please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.