PLYMOUTH, N.H. – When the Miami Heat captured the National Basketball Association Championship on Tuesday night (June 20), it was a source of pride for people in the Plymouth State University men’s basketball program.
While there were no former Panther players in uniform helping the Heat to the championship, former PSU point guard Dan Craig (Chelmsford, Mass.) had a role in the title run. Craig (right) is in his third year as Assistant Video Coordinator for the Heat; he started as an intern in 2003 and has since moved into a full-time position.
The Head Video Coordinator is Pat Delany, a former standout point guard at Saint Anselm College whom Craig met years ago at a summer basketball camp.
“Danny works day-to-day with the Heat’s coaching staff,” said PSU head coach John Scheinman, who was Craig’s coach all four years at Plymouth State. “He works extremely hard, breaking down film for Coach Riley now, just as he did for Coach Van Gundy before.”
Craig played point guard for Plymouth State’s men’s basketball team from 1999-03. He started every game his first two seasons, averaging 10.0 points and 3.0 assists his freshman year and 6.8 points and 3.1 assists as a sophomore. Craig missed all of his junior year and all but four games his senior year with knee injuries.
“When he was a Plymouth State,” Scheinman said, “he won the Coaches’ Award as both a junior and a senior, even though he was hurt. When many players get hurt, they say they’ll help out the staff, and they don’t. Danny worked his tail off for us, and was an assistant in the truest sense of the word. He always loved the NBA, so we’re very happy for his success.”
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