HUNTINGTON — Lewis D'Antoni, father of Mike and Danny D'Antoni, died Saturday at age 103.
A legendary high school basketball coach and member of the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Lewis D'Antoni also was a successful coach at Chesapeake High School, where he coached his son, Mark, who played college basketball at Coastal Carolina University. Mike and Danny played at Marshall University, where Danny is the head coach of the Thundering Herd men's basketball team. Mike is the head coach of the NBA Houston Rockets.
Rockets radio play-by-play man Craig Ackerman announced Lewis D'Antoni's death Saturday night.
Lewis D'Antoni coached Mullens High School to a state championship in 1955. That team was led by Willie Akers, who went on to star at West Virginia University and became a successful coach at Logan High School. D'Antoni began coaching at Pineville High School in 1937 and won 450 games by the time his career ended in 1981.
In 2010, D'Antoni authored the book "The Coach's Coach," chronicling basketball in the last century, particularly his innovative fast-break style of play. In March, D'Antoni was named an assistant coach of the Class AA All-Star team at the Little General Classic at the Beckley-Raleigh County Civic Center.
A graduate of Concord College, D'Antoni was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo. He also is survived by a daughter, Kathy.