Miami Heat assistant coach Dan Craig has been officially named the new head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat's NBA Development League affiliate team.
The move was announced Friday, five days after the news was leaked by several media outlets. The change also means former Heat player Chris Quinn will move permanently to the Heat's coaching staff after splitting his first year with the organization as an assistant coach between the two teams.
Craig was in charge of player development with the Heat and was the head coach the past two seasons with the Summer League teams.
The complete press release is as follows:
The Miami HEAT announced today that Dan Craig has been named head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He becomes the 18th head coach in franchise history and has been a part of the HEAT organization for the past 12 years. An introductory press conference for Craig will be announced at a later date.
"Dan Craig has done a great job for the Miami HEAT over the 12 years he has been with us," said HEAT President Pat Riley. "He is a terrific young coach and is the ‘next man up' for this challenge with our affiliate in Sioux Falls. He will bring the HEAT culture and great coaching to the team."
Craig, who served as the head coach of Miami's Summer League teams the past three seasons, has continuously worked his way up the organization after originally joining the HEAT as an intern in the video department in 2003. He was named 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. The following season, Craig was named assistant coach/video coordinator and then in 2013-14 he was promoted to assistant coach/player development before being named assistant coach/director of player development for the 2014-15 season. Prior to joining the HEAT, Craig had a brief stint as a graduate assistant at Bloomsburg University and he played basketball at Plymouth State University from 1999-2003.
Season tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale. For more information, please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.