Octavio De La Grana begins his ninth year as a member of the HEAT organization and his first in the role of Player Development Coach/Director of Minor League Operations where his responsibilities will include the mentoring and development of HEAT players while overseeing all aspects of the HEAT’s Development League team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. De Le Grana spent last season as an assistant coach for the Skyforce after serving as player development coach/advance scout for the HEAT. He also served as an advance scout and spent time assisting the Skyforce coaching staff in past seasons when the HEAT assigned players to their D-League affiliate.

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 basketball coach at Westminster Christian High School.

De La Grana, a Cuban-American, 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 and his wife, Angie, reside in Palmetto Bay with their six children, Derrick, Daniel, Chelsea, Jenny, Annie and Leah.