NEW YORK – Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach Dan Craig has been named the NBA Development League Coach of the Month for games played in March and April. It’s the third Coach of the Month honor this season for Craig, who also won in December and January.
Craig guided Sioux Falls to an 11-2 record to cap off a historic 40-10 season, the best record in NBA D-League history, surpassing the 38-12 mark by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2011-12. They defeated the Canton Charge three times in March, including on back-to-back nights on March 18-19 to clinch the Central Division title and the number one overall seed in the Eastern Conference. The wins came during a nine-game winning streak ranging from March 4-25.
Craig, in his first season as head coach for Sioux Falls, has been a part of the Miami Heat organization for 13 seasons. Craig has been the head coach of Miami’s NBA Summer League teams the past three years. Last season, he served as Assistant Coach/ Director of Player Development for the Heat.
Other coaches receiving consideration for the monthly award were Idaho’s Dean Cooper, Maine’s Scott Morrison, Reno’s Dave Arseneault Jr., Raptors 905’s Jesse Mermuys, Rio Grande Valley’s Matt Brase and Westchester’s Mike Miller.
About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.