Mark Daigneault Named NBCA Coach of the Year

OKLAHOMA CITY, April 15, 2024 – Oklahoma City Thunder Head Coach Mark Daigneault was named the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year, it was announced today by the National Basketball Coaches Association. 

During the 2023-24 season, Daigneault led the Thunder to a 57-25 record as Oklahoma City became the youngest team in NBA history to claim the No. 1 seed in either conference. The Thunder posted its best overall record since the 2013-14 season and became the youngest team in NBA history to win 55-plus games. 

The Thunder claimed the top spot in the Western Conference just two seasons after posting a record of 24-58 during the 2021-22 season. Oklahoma City becomes the fourth team in NBA history to increase its win total by 16-plus games in back-to-back seasons.

Oklahoma City was one of two teams (Celtics) this past season to finish in the top-five in both offensive rating (118.3) and defensive rating (111.0). 

During the 2023-24 season, the Thunder became just the 14th team in NBA history to finish top-three in field goal percentage (49.9), 3-point percentage (38.9) and free throw percentage (82.5). Additionally, on the defensive end, Oklahoma City ranked tied for the NBA lead with the most blocked shots (6.56) and steals (8.46).

A native of Leominster, Mass., Daigneault was named the fourth head coach in Thunder history on November 11, 2020 after originally joining the organization in 2014 where he served as head coach of the Oklahoma City Blue for five seasons. 

The NBCA award is presented annually and voted on by all 30 NBA head coaches.