Oklahoma City Thunder name new head coach

Posted at 9:49 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 14:48:52-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder named Mark Daigneault as the new head coach for the team.

Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti made the announcement on Wednesday morning.

We are thrilled to have Mark assume the role of head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has been a selfless and effective leader within our organization since his arrival in 2014. Mark is a values-based leader, continuous learner, and someone that will help us continue the repositioning of our organization on and off the court. The amount of head coaching experience and diverse experiences through his tenure with the Blue is rare for someone his age. He has also shown the ability to empower both the players and staff he works with, and we are confident that he will help us continue to modernize our approach as an organization in a constantly evolving industry. Most of all, Mark has a great belief in and commitment to Oklahoma City and he will be a tremendous ambassador for our State.
General Manager Sam Presti, OKC Thunder

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Daigneault is the OKC Thunder's fourth head coach and is the first person to become the team's head coach after being the club's G League head coach.

The opportunity to be the head coach of the Thunder is truly a special honor. Over my six years in Oklahoma City I’ve developed a deep commitment to the organization and a care for what is truly a special community that I call home. From my first day here, my values have always been aligned with those of the organization, and I’m looking forward to helping them continue to be lived out on and off the court. I want to thank Mr. Bennett, Sam and the entire organization for the opportunity, and I’m grateful to all the coaches, staff and especially players who have helped me throughout my career.
Mark Daigneault, OKC Thunder head coach

Before joining the Thunder, Daigneault spent fours year at the University of Florida.

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