Lewis D’Antoni and Family


Lewis J. D’Antoni: Lewis was born in 1913 in McComas in McDowell County. He was a standout athlete at Mullens High School in Wyoming County. He attended Concord College, where he was a four-year letterman, team captain, and all-conference player in football and basketball.  Lewis also lettered in tennis.


After college, he began his career in education. He then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before resuming his career in education. He went on to become one of West Virginia’s great high school coaches. He later went on to coach at Chesapeake High School in Ohio. His combined experience led to over 450 victories, and one state championship while at Mullens.


He served 11 years as principal at Mullens High School and 12 years as assistant principal at Chesapeake High School.


Kathy Jo D’Antoni: Kathy earned degrees from Marshall University and a doctorate in education from West Virginia University. She has published articles about education and also was co-author of two books on education. She served as Vice Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia. She serves today as Assistant State Superintendent of Schools in West Virginia.


Dan D’Antoni: Dan D’Antoni was a standout athlete and honor student at Mullens High. He went on to become a star basketball player at Marshall. He earned a master’s degree in psychology and became a highly successful high school basketball coach in South Carolina, compiling over 500 wins. He was named Teacher of the Year in 1986, and was a leading fundraiser for educational causes in Horry County, S.C. He later joined his brother Mike as an assistant coach on the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks of the NBA.


Mike D’Antoni: Also a high school honor student, Mike was an all-state and all-American basketball player at Mullens High before starring as a point guard at Marshall. While at Marshall, Mike was named as an Academic All-American. He played four years in the NBA and ABA before joining a professional basketball league in Italy, where he became a legendary player and coach. He returned to the United States and became an assistant coach for the Portland Trailblazers and later head coach of the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, and New York Knicks. In 2005, Mike was named NBA Coach of the Year. He most recently served as an assistant coach for the U.S. basketball team that won a gold medal in both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.


Mark D’Antoni: Mark D’Antoni graduated from Chesapeake High School in Ohio, where he was his class valedictorian. He earned a basketball scholarship to Coastal Carolina College in South Carolina, where he was an Academic All-America player. After graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business, Mark earned a law degree from West Virginia University, where he was second in his class. Today he is a partner in the firm Bowles Rice, a Charleston law firm.