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Sioux Falls Skyforce Head Coach

Nate Wek

The Sioux Falls Skyforce is gaining momentum as the 2013 season approaches. This time the Skyforce has done so by announcing their new head coach.

Pat Delany is the new head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Delany spent eleven seasons with the Miami Heat ranging from an intern, to an assistant coach with some of the Heat’s summer league teams. Delany says this experience of now being named the head coach of the Skyforce, seems unreal.

"You know to really try to describe in one word is probably impossible you know. But as we got the tour here today and my wife and I have had a chance to just spend some time this weekend looking at some housing, checking out the community, meeting people, going to eat at restaurants. It just blows you away, it really does; you know and to have this partnership with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and have an opportunity to help lead them and continue to work for a first class organization like Miami. For me its invaluable and I couldn’t be happier and more excited for both opportunities," Coach Delany says.

Earlier in the summer, the Skyforce formed a hybrid partnership with the Miami Heat organization. This means the Skyforce will act as a developmental team for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. If a player performs well enough, then he may be called up to the Heat. If a player is injured and needs re-development, he could be sent to the Skyforce. Delany says he plans to take lessons he’s learned with the Heat and attribute those skills to the Skyforce.

"One of things I always learned with the Heat is you’ve got to be organized and especially in a situation like this where players may be coming and going. You know you’ve got to come every day with a game plan, a practice plan and have the guys ready to work and I think that’s something that I’ve kind of learned of just being a tireless worker and something that I look forward to the challenge of it," Delany says.

The Skyforce also has a change of scenery this season as the team moves out of the Sioux Falls Arena and into the newly constructed Sanford Pentagon.