June 7, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Mo McHone, who was an assistant coach on the Florida State men’s basketball team that played for the national championship in 1972, was named the head coach of the USA Men’s World Championship Qualifying team which will compete at the 2005 FIBA Americas World Championship Qualifying Tournament Aug. 24-Sept. 4 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The team, expected to be made of up professional players from leagues other than the NBA, will attempt to earn a qualifying spot for the United States in the 2006 FIBA Word Championship tournament.
The head coaching assignment is the third USA basketball team McHone has coached during his illustrious career. He previously coached the USA Men’s Pan American team which earned a silver medal in 1999. He also coached the USA Tournament of the Americas team to a gold medal in 1997. McHone has a 12-2 record as a USA Basketball head coach and was named as its National Coach of the Year in 1997.
McHone, a 1965 graduate of Florida State, was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 1970-78 – one of the most prosperous eras in the history of the program. In addition to playing for the National Championship in 1972, the Seminoles made a successful transition from independent status into the Metro Conference in 1977 and played in the NCAA Tournament in 1978. Florida State won an average of nearly 20 games per season and had a 158-62 record during his tenure as an assistant coach. McHone was an assistant to the legendary Hugh Durham. He was also one of Durham’s assistants at the University of Georgia (1978-79) and an assistant at Bradley University (1986-91).
McHone served as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA for 31 games during the 1984 season. He was also an assistant coach in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers (1980), Spurs (1981-83), Cavaliers again (1986), Detroit Pistons (2000-01) and Los Angeles Clippers (2002-03).
McHone was a head coach in the CBA (1992-99) and posted a 229-168 record (.577 winning percentage). He is one of two coaches in CBA history to win the league championship in consecutive seasons as he led the Yakima Sun Kings to the 1995 championship and the Sioux Falls Skyforce to the 1996 title. McHone guided four teams to the CBA championship finals in his last five seasons in the league and is a two-time winner of the CBA’s Coach of the Year Award in 1995 and 1997. He led Sioux Falls to a 47-9 record in 1997. The 47-9 record by the Skyforce is the fourth best in league history.
McHone will be assisted by Dennis Johnson and Joey Meyer who are two of the top head coaches in the NDBL. Meyer is the head coach of the two-time defending league champion Ashville Altitude while Johnson is the head coach of the Florida Flame. Johnson coached former Seminole All-America Tim Pickett, who was a starting guard for the Flame, this past season.
McHone has served as an assistant coach for the Seoul (South Korea) SKI Knights in the Korean Professional Basketball League since 2004.