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Coach Lewis D'Antoni releases memoir

Dec. 16, 2010 @ 11:52 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Lewis D'Antoni has authored a book, "The Coach's Coach."

D'Antoni, 97, is the father of former Marshall University men's basketball players Mike and Dan D'Antoni, the NBA head coach and assistant coach respectively of the New York Knicks.

He is also a former coach who won 450 games in 35 seasons at Pineville (1937-41) and Mullens (1942-59) high schools in West Virginia and Chesapeake High (1971-82) in southeastern Ohio. He also started a six-man football team at Pineville in 1938 and coached the Mullens 11-man teams from 1946 to 1950.

His Mullens basketball team beat Huntington High for a state championship in 1955.

A book signing is set for 3 p.m. Sunday in the north concourse of Cam Henderson Center before the 4 p.m. game between Marshall and VMI.

His book covers many things, including basketball and the life of an immigrant Italian family.

"He writes about the changes in sports over a century of time, his fast break style of basketball that set scoring records in the 1950's, and the role and mportance of family values," a review said. "The book is a must read for anyone who has realized that a successful life requires perseverance and the will to win."

Copies of D'Antoni's memoirs are avaiable in paperback for $20.48 and hardcover for $28.00 at www.lulu.com. It will also be available at the book signing.

D'Antoni is a member of the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1955 he was the first recipient of the state High School Coach of the Year Award given by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

He played three seasons of minor league baseball with the Bluefield (W.Va.) Blue Grays.

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