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West Virginia basketball legend Lewis D'Antoni dies at 103

West Virginia basketball legend, Lewis D'Antoni died Saturday at the age of 103. (WCHS/WVAH)

West Virginia basketball legend, Lewis D'Antoni died Saturday at the age of 103.

Lewis is the father of Marshall men's basketball coach Dan D'Antoni and Houston Rockets head couch Mike D'Antoni.

Long before his sons became successfully basketball coaches, Lewis began his coaching career at Pineville High School in 1937. He coached at Pineville until 1941 and then moved on to become the head coach at Mullens in 1942. He would coach at Mullens until 1959.

In 1955, Lewis and future West Virginia University standout, Willie Akers, led Mullens past Huntington High to win a state championship.

"We had a great run in the 50's. We were a small school. No classification back then. Had to play everyone," D'Antoni said in a March 2016 interview.

Lewis won nearly 500 games as a coach and was the first recipient of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association High School Coach of the Year award. He is also a member of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association Sports Hall of Fame.

Even with so much success in coaching, Lewis said in a March 2016 interview it's the enormous success of his four children that brings a smile to his face.

"It's unbelievable. I think back on everything. I wouldn't change a thing," D'Antoni said.

To see more on Lewis D'Antoni's legacy, click here or watch the video below.





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