Directory: Octavio De La Grana
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT COACH/ADVANCE SCOUT
Octavio De La Grana begins his eighth year with the Miami HEAT and his sixth as Player Development Coach/Advance Scout. In this position, De La Grana is responsible for working with individual players in developing their game. He also serves as an advance scout, responsible for creating scouting reports of upcoming opponents.
Prior to joining the HEAT, De La Grana had a combined 18 years of head coaching experience at the high school level, including two stints at Florida Christian High School, where he led his team to the Class 2A State Championship in 1996, a season in which he garnered Coach of the Year honors. He also spent eight years as head coach of Westminster Christian High School’s basketball team. In 2005, he recorded his 400th high school coaching victory. During his tenure at Florida Christian, De La Grana also spent time as the school’s Athletic Director (1990-95) and faculty Department Chair for Physical Education. De La Grana also established Coach D’s Basketball Camp in 1996, which is still held every summer in Miami for area youth.
De La Grana is a graduate of Liberty University where he earned a degree in general studies. He attended Florida Christian High School and played basketball, where in 1979 he was chosen All-Dade County and later was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He actively gives back to his community, regularly giving coaching clinics at local area high schools as well as motivational speeches to area youth groups. He and his wife, Angie, reside in Palmetto Bay with their six children, Derrick, Daniel, Chelsea, Jenny, Annie and Leah.