- Assistant Coach
Dan Craig begins his 17th year with the HEAT organization and his fourth as Assistant Coach after spending the 2015-16 season as the Head Coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Miami’s NBA G League affiliate. During his tenure with the HEAT he has steadily risen through the ranks of the organization, before being elevated to his current position prior to the 2016-17 season.
A bright and promising prospect in the professional coaching ranks, Craig was invited to spend time as part of Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff at USA Basketball’s Senior National Team training camp in the summer of 2018. His dedication and attention to detail over the years have served the HEAT’s championship efforts on several fronts. His relentless pursuit of perfection has fit in quite well with the HEAT’s championship culture and has rubbed off on his peers and players. He more than rewarded the faith vested in him during his lone season as the Head Coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, which proved to be a record-breaking endeavor. He was named the NBA G League Coach of the Year after leading the Skyforce to a league single-season record 40 wins, besting the previous record by two wins. The Skyforce would validate their regular-season success as Craig led them to their first NBA G League title in franchise history.
Craig, who got his first taste of being an NBA head coach on Mar. 25, 2018 in the one-game absence of HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, has also previously served as Head Coach of Miami’s Summer League teams from 2013-15. After beginning his HEAT career as a video intern in 2003-04, Craig was named Assistant Video Coordinator in 2004-05 and two years later was promoted to Video Coordinator, a role he served for five seasons before being elevated to Video Coordinator/Player Development Coach prior to the 2011-12 season. The following season, Craig was named Assistant Coach/Video Coordinator and then in 2013-14, he was promoted to Assistant Coach/Player Development. During the 2014-15 season, he served as Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development for the HEAT, where he was responsible for game planning and focusing on the development of Miami’s perimeter players.
Prior to joining the HEAT, Craig had a brief stint as a graduate assistant at Bloomsburg University. Throughout the summer months of 2000-04, Craig served as a basketball camp counselor for the Five-Star Basketball Camp, the Boston Celtics Basketball Camp, the Providence College Team Camp, the Merrimack College Basketball Camp, Plymouth State College Basketball Camp, the Raising Expectations Basketball Camp and also directed the Chelmsford Basketball Camp.
Craig is a graduate of Plymouth State University, where he graduated with a degree in marketing. He also played basketball for Plymouth State from 1999-2003 and was named co-captain during his junior and senior seasons. Craig and his wife, Jackie, reside in Coconut Grove with their sons, Brodie and Will.