Dan Craig begins his 16th year with the HEAT
organization and his third as Assistant Coach after
spending the 2015-16 season as the Head Coach of
the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Miami’s NBA G League
affi liate. During his tenure with the HEAT he has steadily risen through
the ranks of the organization, before being elevated to his current position
prior to the 2016-17 season.
A bright and promising prospect in the professional coaching ranks,
Craig was invited to spend time as part of Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff
at USA Basketball’s Senior National Team training camp in the summer
of 2018. His dedication and attention to detail over the years have served
the HEAT’s championship efforts on several fronts. His relentless pursuit
of perfection has fi t in quite well with the HEAT’s championship culture
and has rubbed off on his peers and players. He more than rewarded the
faith vested in him during his lone season as the Head Coach of the Sioux
Falls Skyforce, which proved to be a record-breaking endeavor. He was
named the NBA G League Coach of the Year after leading the Skyforce
to a league single-season record 40 wins, besting the previous record by
two wins. The Skyforce would validate their regular-season success as
Craig led them to their fi rst NBA G League title in franchise history.
Craig, who got his fi rst taste of being an NBA head coach on Mar. 25, 2018
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in the one-game absence of HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, has also
previously served as Head Coach of Miami’s Summer League teams from
2013-15. After beginning his HEAT career as a video intern in 2003-04,
Craig was named Assistant Video Coordinator in 2004-05 and two years
later was promoted to Video Coordinator, a role he served for fi ve seasons
before being elevated to Video Coordinator/Player Development Coach
prior to the 2011-12 season. The following season, Craig was named
Assistant Coach/Video Coordinator and then in 2013-14, he was
promoted to Assistant Coach/Player Development. During the 2014-15
season, he served as Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development for
the HEAT, where he was responsible for game planning and focusing on
the development of Miami’s perimeter players.
Prior to joining the HEAT, Craig had a brief stint as a graduate assistant
at Bloomsburg University. Throughout the summer months of 2000-04,
Craig served as a basketball camp counselor for the Five-Star Basketball
Camp, the Boston Celtics Basketball Camp, the Providence College Team
Camp, the Merrimack College Basketball Camp, Plymouth State College
Basketball Camp, the Raising Expectations Basketball Camp and also
directed the Chelmsford Basketball Camp.
Craig is a graduate of Plymouth State University, where he graduated
with a degree in marketing. He also played basketball for Plymouth State
from 1999-2003 and was named co-captain during his junior and senior
seasons. Craig and his wife, Jackie, reside in Coconut Grove with their sons,
Brodie and Will.
After a 19-year playing career, that included a pair
of NBA championships and an All-Star appearance,
Juwan Howard enters his fi fth season as assistant
coach for the HEAT after spending his fi rst season
on the staff as assistant coach/player development. Howard also served
as the head coach of Miami’s 2016 NBA Summer League teams in
both Orlando and Las Vegas and also for Team Africa in the NBA
Africa Game 2018. For Howard, it’s a natural progression after the savvy
veteran helped serve as a mentor both on and off the court for the
HEAT in his fi rst three seasons with the franchise and commanded
respect throughout the organization. His duties include player
development with an emphasis in working with the HEAT’s big men
as well as serving as the team’s defensive coordinator.
Howard, who was a member of the HEAT’s 2012 and 2013 NBA
championship teams under Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, appeared in
1,208 regular season games and 49 postseason contests during his stellar
career which included an All-Star appearance with Washington during
the 1995-96 season. He averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists
and 30.3 minutes and made 900 career starts before concluding his
playing career as a member of the HEAT in 2013. In addition to his
All-Star appearance, Howard earned All-NBA Third Team honors once
(1995-96) and was named to the All-Rookie Second Team during the
1994-95 campaign. The Chicago native also was named the Rookie of
the Month for February 1995, was named Player of the Month for
April 1996 and received the NBA’s Community Assist Award for April 2010.
Howard played three seasons at the University of Michigan before
becoming a fi rst-round selection (fi fth overall) by the Washington Bullets
in the 1994 NBA Draft. He helped lead Michigan to the NCAA Tournament
Championship game in both 1992 and 1993. An integral member of the
famed “Fab Five”, Howard became one of only fi ve players in school
history to score at least 1,500 points and grab at least 700 rebounds.
Howard and his wife, Jenine, reside in Miami and have four sons (Juwan Jr.,
Jace, Jett and Joshua) and two daughters (Sky and Starr).
Chris Quinn enters his third season as Assistant
Coach/Director of Player Development for the HEAT
after serving the previous two seasons as Assistant
Coach/Player Development. He also worked with Miami’s NBA G League
team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, as an assistant coach in his fi rst year with
the club and served as the Head Coach of the HEAT’s 2017 Summer League
team. Before joining the HEAT, he served as director of player development
at Northwestern University.
Quinn, a six-year NBA veteran, was originally signed by the HEAT as a
free agent on July 6, 2006, appearing in 168 games (26 starts) with Miami
over three and a half seasons (2006-10), playing for both Pat Riley and
Erik Spoelstra. He led Miami in both three-point fi eld goal percentage and
assist-to-turnover ratio during the 2008-09 season and currently ranks
10th on the HEAT’s all-time three-point fi eld goal percentage list (.397).
Quinn went on to play three more NBA seasons, splitting time with the
New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. He then
went on to play for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA G League before fi nishing
professionally overseas in Spain with Valencia Basket and in Russia,
helping BC Khimki to a Eurocup Championship.
A 2006 graduate of Notre Dame, Quinn was a three-year starter and
two-time co-captain for the Fighting Irish. He was named to the All-Big
East First Team as a senior and was a three-time Big East Academic All-
Star Team selection. He fi nished his collegiate career with 1,454 points,
the 16th most in school history while also ranking fi fth in steals (155),
sixth in three-point fi eld goal percentage (.417), seventh in three-point
fi eld goals made (239) and eighth in assists (428).
Quinn, a Dublin, OH native, resides in Miami with his wife, Lauren, and their
three children, Charlie, Lydia and Colette.