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OKC Thunder hires Florida assistant Mark Daigneault to be D-League head coach

Oklahoma City’s newest professional team has its first head coach. On Friday afternoon, Sam Presti and the Thunder officially hired Florida assistant Mark Daigneault to lead its D-League team.
by Anthony Slater Modified: August 22, 2014 at 11:16 am •  Published: August 22, 2014

“Mark has been a valuable member of our staff the past four seasons, and I'm very happy to see him get this opportunity with a great organization,” Donovan said through the release. “We all wish him the best of luck and know he'll do a tremendous job.”

The Thunder also recently hired Weber State assistant Phil Beckner to be part of Daigneault's staff. Beckner has been at Weber State for the seven years and developed a strong bond with Blazers star Damian Lillard when he played there.

"No one has been more dedicated, loyal or invested in our program than Phil has been for the last seven years," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said in a press release. "He has been a huge part of the success we’ve had. We are truly going to miss him."

But Daigneault is the head man. And this season, for the first time, his team will play its home games at the Cox Convention Center and hold practices at the Thunder's old facility in Edmond, linking the D-League team to its parent club more than ever before.

"I have had a great deal of respect for the Thunder organization throughout my career, and I'm excited to immerse myself in the culture there, and focus on the continued development of the program,” Daigneault said in a release.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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