Dan Craig

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Dan Craig
Miami Heat
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born c. 1982
Nationality American
Career information
College Plymouth State (1999–2003)
Coaching career 2003–present
Career history
As coach:
2003–2012 Miami Heat (VC/player development)
20122015 Miami Heat (asst.)
2015–2016 Sioux Falls Skyforce
2016–present Miami Heat (asst.)
Career highlights and awards

Dan Craig (born c. 1982) is an American basketball coach who currently serves as the head coach of the NBA Development League's Sioux Falls Skyforce. He served in various coaching staff roles for the Miami Heat between 2003 and 2015[1] before joining the Skyforce as their head coach for the 2015–16 season and guiding them to their maiden D-League championship.

Coaching career

After spending four years playing college basketball for Plymouth State University between 1999 and 2003,[2] Craig had a brief stint as a graduate assistant at Bloomsburg University before joining the Miami Heat as an intern in the video department for the 2003–04 season. He was named the Heat's assistant video coordinator in 2004 and two years later was promoted to video coordinator, a role he served for five seasons before being elevated to video coordinator/player development coach prior to the 2011–12 season. Then between 2012 and 2015, he served in various coaching staff roles such as assistant coach/video coordinator, assistant coach/player development, and assistant coach/director of player development.[3]

On September 25, 2015, Craig was appointed head coach of the Heat's NBA Development League affiliate team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.[3] On January 29, 2016, he was named the East All-Star team head coach for the 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[4] In 2015–16, Craig led the Skyforce to a 40–10 regular-season record, the best mark in league history. Sioux Falls had 10-game (December 18 – January 12) and nine-game (March 4–25) winning streaks during the season, and won 11 of its last 13 games to secure the NBA D-League Central Division title. The team also went a league-best 22–3 at home. He subsequently earned D-League Coach of the Month honors for December, January and March/April, and won the 2015–16 Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year Award.[5] The Skyforce went on to win the league championship with a 2–1 Finals series win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[6]

On May 13, 2016, it was announced Craig will be re-joining the Miami Heat as an assistant coach for the 2016–17 season.[7]


  1. Heat assistant Dan Craig to coach Heat D-League affiliate
  2. Plymouth State Basketball has connection to NBA Champions
  4. "Sixteen NBA Veterans Headline Rosters for NBA Development League All-Star Game Presented By Kumho Tire". NBA.com. January 29, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Skyforce's Dan Craig Named 2015-16 NBA Development League Coach of the Year". NBA.com. April 15, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Sioux Falls Skyforce Cap Historic Season with First NBA D-League". NBA.com. April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Richardson, Shandel (May 13, 2016). "Assistant coach Dan Craig returns to Heat". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved May 15, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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