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Education Alliance honors Lewis D’Antoni

The Parthenon

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 23:11


Dwight Jorge Jr. | The Parthenon

Lewis D’Antoni, 99-years-old and lifelong West Virginia resident, speaks at an event honoring him and his family on Wednesday at the Marriott Charleston Town Center in Charleston.

He may not be the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers but he is the coach’s coach who spent his life teaching the youth of West Virginia.

The Education Alliance honored Lewis D’Antoni, 99, of Mullins, W.Va. on Wednesday night for a lifetime career of teaching and coaching.

Lewis D’Antoni, father of Kathy, Dan, Mike and Mark have had prominent careers in their profession which go from NBA head coach to Lawyer.

Patricia Kusimo, president and chief executive officer of The Education Alliance was thrilled to be honoring Lewis D’Antoni and his family.

“Its incredible that he is 99-years-old,” Kusimo said.  “He is a coaching legend in West Virginia and most importantly he raised four wonderful children so it shows the power of family.”

Kusimo said D’Antoni represents and sets an example for the power of family in West Virginia.

“I think we are living in a time that we have lost that,” Kusimo said. “Here is an example of a man and his wife with four kids from Mullins, W.Va. who became world famous and stayed a first class family.”

Education Alliance’s vision is for every West Virginia public school student who graduates to be ready to begin a career or pursue additional education and training.

This year the life work of Lewis D’Antoni represented what it means to be not only a teacher but also a mentor.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s so great and there are so many people here it’s hard for me to believe that such a think like that can happen,” D’Antoni said.

D’Antoni said his close knit family set an example for his coaching career.

“My goal in life was to have kids and raise them so they would enjoy life and get along in life with people,” D’Antoni said.

The D’Antoni’s spent the night answering questions from the audience and sharing personal family stories.

Among those who honored D’Antoni were Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Marshall Univeristy Athletic Diretor Mike Hamrick, former students and basketball players.

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