MULLENS, W.Va. – Long-time high school basketball coach and Twin Falls State Park
golfer Lewis D'Antoni becomes a centenarian this New Year’s Eve. Weather conditions in December generally are not conducive to golf play, so a Labor Day weekend 100th birthday celebration golf tournament is planned at Twin Falls State Park on Saturday, Aug. 31. The two-person scramble format is open to the public.
“It’s an honor to organize this event for Mr. D’Antoni,” said Brian Wetzel, golf professional at Twin Falls. “He’s been a pass holder at the park for many years, he made a hole in one on #4 when he was 91 years old, and he brings gentleman’s competition to the game of golf. His life story is as remarkable as his coaching career.”
Lewis J. D’Antoni was born in 1913 in McComas in McDowell County. He was a standout athlete at Mullens High School in Wyoming County. He attended Concord College, where he was a four-year letterman, team captain, and all-conference player in football and basketball. Lewis also lettered in tennis.
After college, he began his career in education. He then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before resuming his career in education. He went on to become one of West Virginia’s great high school coaches. He later coached at Chesapeake High School in Ohio. His combined experience led to more than 450 victories and one state championship while at Mullens. He served 11 years as principal at Mullens High School and 12 years as assistant principal at Chesapeake High School.
D’Antoni, with his late wife Betty Jo, is the father of Kathy, Mike, Dan, and Mark. Mike D’Antoni, head coach of the LA Lakers, is scheduled to play in the Aug. 31 tournament.
The D’Antoni 100th Birthday tournament cost is $30 per person and includes a shared cart. It is a shotgun start beginning at 9:30 a.m. Reservations for the tournament are required in advance. Call 304-294-4044 to sign up.
Twin Falls State Park is located in Wyoming County. It is a 4,000 acre travel and golf destination and features a 47-room lodge, 14-vacation cabins, 50-site campground, hiking and biking trails, restaurant, and an 18-hole championship golf course. To learn more about Twin Falls State Park visit www.twinfallsresort.com
or call 304-294-4000.
Brian Wetzel, Golf Professional, Twin Falls State Park or Kathy D’Antoni
304-294-4044 or 304-549-5299