Dwane Casey

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Dwane Casey
Toronto Raptors
Head coach
Personal information
Born (1957-04-17) April 17, 1957 (age 57)
Morganfield, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Union County
(Morganfield, Kentucky)
College Kentucky (1975–1979)
Career history
As coach:
1994–2005 Seattle SuperSonics (assistant)
2005–2007 Minnesota Timberwolves
2008–2011 Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
2011–present Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Dwane Casey (born April 17, 1957) is an American basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors.[1] Casey is also a former NCAA basketball player and coach, having played and coached there for over a decade before continuing to the NBA.[2]

Early years[edit]

Casey was born on April 17, 1957 in Morganfield, Kentucky and graduated from Union County High School in 1975.[3]

At the University of Kentucky Casey had a career average of 12.3 points, and 6.1 assists per game.[4] Casey served as team captain during his senior year. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in business administration in 1979.[5]


Casey began his coaching career in 1979, as an assistant coach for the University of Kentucky. In late March 1988 while still serving as an assistant coach there, 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 does not prove that Casey sent the money.[6] [7] The scandal resulted in Casey's resignation, and Casey being placed on probation for 5 years by the NCAA.[8] The NCAA later rescinded the penalty after it was shown that Casey wasn't involved in sending the package.[9] Casey also settled outside of court in a defamation suit against Emery Worldwide. The case was originally for $6.9 million.[10]

After his resignation from the NCAA, Casey served as an assistant coach for the Seattle SuperSonics. During his time there, the team won 4 division titles.

During the summers, Casey served as a coach for the Japanese National Basketball Team, and 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.[5]

At the start 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, he was fired on January 23, 2007 lasting only a season and a half with the Timberwolves.[11] 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.[12]

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 Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, and received 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.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
MIN 2005–06 82 33 49 .402 3rd in Northwest Missed Playoffs
MIN 2006–07 40 20 20 .500 (fired)
TOR 2011–12 66 23 43 .348 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
TOR 2012–13 82 34 48 .382 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
TOR 2013–14 82 48 34 .585 1st in Atlantic 1 0 1 .000 TBD
Career 352 159 193 .451 1 0 1 .000


  1. ^ a b "Raptors Name Dwane Casey Head Coach". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 21, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Rhoden, William C. (March 25, 2012). "Dwane Casey Still Roots for Kentucky, for Whom He Took a Fall". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Cole, Brandon, "Larry Johnson enter Hall of Fame"[dead link], Union County Advocate, June 6, 2007
  4. ^ Game-by-Game Statistics for Dwane Casey, bigbluehistory.net
  5. ^ a b NBA.com Dwane Casey, NBA.com
  6. ^ "Articles about Chris Mills" Orlando Sentinel
  7. ^ York, Michael. "Kentucky Loves Its Basketball, but Not at Any Price" The Washington Post, 11 December 1988.
  8. ^ Wolff, Alexander, "Odd Man Out", Sports Illustrated, February 11, 1991
  9. ^ Sterling, Kent. "Dwane Casey Didn’t Do It, the Cautionary Tale of a Post Gone Wrong". March 23, 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Published: October 28, 1990 (1990-10-28). "Sports People; Settlement of Suit – New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  11. ^ "TIMBERWOLVES: Wolves Relieve Head Coach Dwane Casey of Coaching Duties". Nba.com. 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  12. ^ Fantauzzo, Laurel. "Mavs assistant Dwane Casey returns to Minnesota". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2013-11-12. [dead link]

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