The Thunder announced on Friday that Mark Daigneault has been named the head coach of the 66ers, replacing Darko Rajakovic, who recently joined Scott Brooks’ staff.
“Mark has placed a high value on development throughout his career and we feel that he is well aligned with the goals of our organization,” said Presti. “His experience at Florida under Coach Donovan has provided him the platform to apply his intelligence and relationship skills to help strengthen the program. We are excited about Mark joining the organization and continuing his professional growth.”
Daigneault most recently was Billy Donovan’s associate head coach at Florida for the last four years.
“I have had a great deal of respect for the Thunder organization throughout my career, and I’m excited to immerse myself in the culture there, and focus on the continued development of the program,” said Daigneault. “The University of Florida, Coach Donovan, the Florida basketball staff and players that I had the privilege of working with contributed to my personal and professional growth, and for that I am grateful as I embark on this opportunity with the Thunder organization.”
The 66ers, who will play in Oklahoma City next season, have become a prime developmental ground for coaches, with the last three joining NBA staffs (Dale Osbourne, Nate Tibbetts and Rajakovic).