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Mark Daigneault will be the next head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder's D-League affiliate. (Photo: Michael Wade)

Friday August 22, 2014Mark Daigneault Named Oklahoma City Thunder D-League Head Coach

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Mark Daigneault will be the next head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder's D-League affiliate. (Photo: Michael Wade)

The Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday named UF men’s basketball staffer Mark Daigneault its D-League head coach. Daigneault has been with the Florida program for the past four seasons, most recently as Assistant to the Head Coach.

“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.”

During Daigneault’s four seasons at UF, the Gators posted a 120-30 record (.800), won three SEC championships and advanced to the Elite Eight every season and the Final Four in 2014.

“Mark has been a valuable member of our staff the past four seasons, and I'm very happy to see him get this opportunity with a great organization,” said UF head coach Billy Donovan. “We all wish him the best of luck and know he'll do a tremendous job.”

In addition to his contributions to the men’s basketball program, Daigneault also earned his master’s degree in sport management while at UF.

“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 Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam 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.”

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