April 17, 1957 |
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Union County
|NBA draft||1979 / Undrafted|
|1980-1985||Western Kentucky (assistant)|
|1992-1994||Isuzu Motors Lynx|
|1994-2005||Seattle SuperSonics (assistant)|
|2008-2011||Dallas Mavericks (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dwane Casey (born April 17, 1957) is an American basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors. Casey is also a former NCAA basketball player and coach, having played and coached there for over a decade before moving on to the NBA.
Casey was a top recruit coming out of high school. He made the decision to commit to the University of Kentucky. During the 1977-78 Wildcats season, Casey helped guide the team to an NCAA Tournament Championship. Casey served as team captain during his senior year. During the summers, Casey worked several odd jobs to support himself. These jobs ranged from coal mining to tobacco farming.
Casey's coaching experience went back to his first coaching job at the age of 13 when Morganfield Baseball Commissioner Earl McKendree allowed the young Casey to coach a Little League team with kids just three years younger than him. Casey began his college coaching career in 1979 due to a suggestion made by his coach Joe B. Hall. Casey spent a season with Hall as an assistant coach at Kentucky. The next season, Casey made the move to Western Kentucky, where he spent the next five seasons. Casey later returned to Kentucky in 1985 where he would take the role of an assistant coach and top recruiter.
In late March 1988 while still serving as an assistant coach at Kentucky, Emery Worldwide employees discovered $1,000 in cash in an envelope that was accidentally opened. The envelope was addressed to Claud Mills, the father of recruit Chris Mills, and the sender was identified as Casey. The University of Kentucky said that the evidence collected during the investigation was inconclusive, and did not prove that Casey sent the money. The scandal resulted in Casey's resignation, and Casey was then placed on probation for 5 years by the NCAA. The NCAA later rescinded the penalty after it was shown that Casey wasn't involved in sending the package. Casey also settled outside of court in a defamation suit against Emery Worldwide. The case was originally for $6.9 million.
After his resignation from Kentucky, Casey accepted a head coaching job in the Japanese Basketball League. During his time there, Casey coached for Sekisui Chemical and Isuzu Motors Lynx. While in Japan, Casey did coaching work for the national team alongside longtime friend Mototaka Kohama and veteran coach Pete Newell.
Casey left the Japanese Basketball League in 1994 after receiving an assistant coaching position for the Seattle SuperSonics. During his tenure in Seattle, the team won 4 division titles.
During the summers, Casey continued to work with the Japanese national team. In the summer of 1998 the team appeared in the FIBA World Championship basketball tournament, which would be the team's first appearance there in over 30 years.
At the beginning of the 2005-06 NBA season, Casey landed his first job as head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves, replacing Kevin McHale. Casey's overall record with the team was 53-69, and he was fired on January 23, 2007 after only a season and a half with the Timberwolves. At the time of his firing, the Timberwolves were 20-20, he was replaced by assistant coach Randy Wittman, who went 12-30 for the rest of the season.
During the 2008-09 NBA season Casey served as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. During the 2009-10 NBA season the Mavericks won a division title. In 2011, the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals and won their first championship.
In early June 2011, the Toronto Raptors decided not to pick up the option on Jay Triano's contract. Casey was named the new Raptors head coach on June 21 and would run through until the 2013-14 season.
Casey's first two seasons with the Raptors involved little to no success. The team exceeded expectations in the first season and underachieved in the second. The team failed to make the playoffs both seasons. During Casey's third season with the team, it managed to set a new team record for most wins in a season, an Atlantic Division Championship, and its first playoff appearance in six years.
On March 18, 2016, Casey became the first Raptors head coach to reach 200 wins with the franchise in a win over the Indiana Pacers with the score of 101-94 and twelve days later, in a 105-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks, he coached the Raptors to its first 50 win season in franchise history.
On May 1, 2016, Casey coached the Raptors to their first Game 7 victory in franchise history with an 89-84 win over the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs and on May 15, 2016, Casey coached the Raptors to their first appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals in franchise history with a 116-89 victory over the Miami Heat in the second round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. On June 7, he agreed with the Raptors to a contract extension.
|Minnesota||2005-06||82||33||49||.402||3rd in Northwest||--||--||--||--||Missed Playoffs|
|Toronto||2011-12||66||23||43||.348||4th in Atlantic||--||--||--||--||Missed Playoffs|
|Toronto||2012-13||82||34||48||.415||5th in Atlantic||--||--||--||--||Missed Playoffs|
|Toronto||2013-14||82||48||34||.585||1st in Atlantic||7||3||4||.429||Lost in First Round|
|Toronto||2014-15||82||49||33||.598||1st in Atlantic||4||0||4||.000||Lost in First Round|
|Toronto||2015-16||82||56||26||.683||1st in Atlantic||20||10||10||.500||Lost in Conference Finals|
|Toronto||2016-17||82||51||31||.622||2nd in Atlantic||10||4||6||.400||Lost in Conference Semifinals|
Casey and his family have a home in Seattle, Washington. He and his wife Brenda have two children, Justine and Zachary. During the summers, Casey likes to travel to Japan to help with basketball camps and coaching clinics.