- Assistant Coach/Player Development
OCTAVIO DE LA GRANA
Octavio De La Grana begins his 11th year as a member of the HEAT organization and his first as Assistant Coach/Player Development after spending the previous two seasons in the role of Player Development Coach/Director of Minor League Operations. His responsibilities will once again include the mentoring and development of HEAT players.
De Le Grana, who has spent the past three seasons as a part of the Skyforce coaching staff, began his career with the organization as an advance scout and was the team’s liaison to the Skyforce when Miami assigned players to their D-League affiliate before the franchises entered into their current hybrid relationship.
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.