Lewis D’Antoni, father of Rockets coach, dies at 103

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 30, 2017 06:53 AM
Lewis D’Antoni, father of Rockets coach, dies at 103
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The father of Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has died. Lewis D’Antoni was 103.

Rockets radio play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman announced on Twitter that Lewis D’Antoni died Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). D’Antoni’s daughter, Kathy D’Antoni, confirmed the death to The Register-Herald of Beckley.

Mike D’Antoni’s older brother, Dan D’Antoni, is the men’s basketball coach at Marshall. Athletic director Mike Hamrick tweeted the university’s condolences to the D’Antoni family.

Marshall held a moment of silence for Lewis D’Antoni before its exhibition game Sunday (Monday, PHL time) with West Virginia Tech in Huntington.

The D’Antoni brothers grew up in Mullens, where their father was a high school coach who was inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Lewis D’Antoni had a 35-year coaching record of 450-200 at three high schools. He also served as a high school principal and assistant principal before retiring.

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