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Education Alliance honors Lewis DAntoni

By DWIGHT JORGE
On November 14, 2012

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

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

Lewis DAntoni, 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 DAntoni 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 DAntoni 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 Alliances 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 DAntoni represented what it means to be not only a teacher but also a mentor.

Its unbelievable, its so great and there are so many people here its hard for me to believe that such a think like that can happen, DAntoni said.

DAntoni 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, DAntoni said.

The DAntonis spent the night answering questions from the audience and sharing personal family stories.

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

Dwight Jorge can be contacted at jorge@marshall.edu.

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