Join business, community, education and legislative leaders for an innovative discussion on public education – strengthening the pipeline to future jobs in West Virginia.


Event Details:
Thursday, June 13, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
New River Community and Technical College
280 University Drive, Beaver, WV 25813
Registration and Lunch: $20



Dan D'Antoni

Men's Basketball Coach

Marshall University

Dan D'Antoni

Lewis Joseph "Dan" D’Antoni II (born July 9, 1947) is an American former basketball player and current head coach for the Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball team. He was previously an assistant coach under his younger brother, Mike D'Antoni, with the NBA's Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Lakers.

Born in Mullens, West Virginia, D'Antoni played college basketball at Marshall University from 1966–1970. He was the Thundering Herd's starting point guard from 1968–70. He led the Herd with a 17.5 scoring average in 1968–69. In 1990, he was inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame.

After D'Antoni graduated from Marshall University, he joined the Herd's coaching staff as the head coach of the freshman basketball team coaching his brother Mike, before becoming an assistant coach of the varsity squad. After failing to make the Baltimore Bullets, he became the head basketball coach at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 1975. D'Antoni coached 30 years at Socastee through 2005 and accumulated over 500 wins. He also founded the Beach Ball Classic, one of the most prestigious high school basketball tournaments in the country during his tenure. In 2016, he was elected into the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

In the summer of 2005, he became an assistant with the Phoenix Suns under younger brother Mike. Shortly after Mike accepted the head coaching position with the New York Knicks, D'Antoni was hired as an assistant with the Knicks. On March 15, 2012, D'Antoni and fellow assistant coach Phil Webber stepped down after Mike resigned as Knicks head coach. On November 15, 2012 he became an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, also under his brother. In addition to being an assistant coach, D’Antoni also served as the head coach of the Knicks’ and Lakers’ NBA Summer League teams.

On April 24, 2014, D'Antoni was announced as the new head coach of Marshall University Thundering Herd men's basketball program, 43 years after he was an assistant with the Herd. He led the Thundering Herd to the Conference USA tournament championship game in 2017, where they were defeated by Middle Tennessee, who earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. On March 10, 2018, he led Marshall back to the Conference USA championship game, this time defeating Western Kentucky and earning an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament. It was Marshall's first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1987.

On March 16, 2018 the 13th-seeded Herd defeated 4th-seeded Wichita State 81–75 in Marshall's opening game of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. It was the team's first-ever win in the tournament. In Round 2, Marshall lost 94-71 to West Virginia University, finishing the season with a 25–11 record.

D'Antoni graduated from Marshall in 1970 with a degree in Speech and Physical Education and also earned a master's degree in Principles of Guidance from Marshall in 1972. His father, Lewis, was a high school basketball coach in West Virginia and Ohio, and was inducted into West Virginia's Sports Hall of Fame in May 2004.

Dr. Brad Price

Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems

West Virginia University 

Dr. Brad Price

Brad Price, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Business Data Analytics in the Management Information Systems (MIS) Department at the College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University. Dr. Price is a native of Madison, West Virginia, and holds dual bachelor’s degrees from West Virginia University in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics and Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Minnesota School of Statistics, under the advisement of Dr. Adam Rothman and Dr. Charles Geyer. Following successful completion of his graduate work, he joined the faculty in the Department of Management Science at the School of Business Administration, University of Miami, in the role of clinical assistant professor and director of the M.S. in Business Analytics, the data science program at the University of Miami.

His research focuses on the development and deployment of novel machine learning methods in business operations and healthcare. Dr. Price is specifically interested in creating new methods that allow organizations can make the best use of the massive amount of data they have collected to solve business critical problems. To make the best use of these methods inside the industry, Price is also interested in software development to make sure businesses have access to the tools and resources they need.  Dr. Price has been published in top tier outlets such as the Journal of Machine Learning Research, Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research.  He has also won multiple teaching and research awards for his work in machine learning, and data science education.

Price has taught a variety of statistics and data science courses at the undergraduate, graduate, MBA, Ph.D. and executive levels.  He has a specific interest in data science program development at business schools at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as executive education on the topics crucial to the analytics field including machine learning and artificial intelligence.  He believes in educating students in the methodology and tools that will make them agile in the marketplaces as technology continues to evolve.

Jada Reeves

2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year

Bradley Elementary in Raleigh County

Jada Reeves

Jada Reeves is a 5th grade teacher at Bradley Elementary in Mt. Hope, WV and is the 2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.  She received an undergraduate degree from Concord University and a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from Marshall University. She became Nationally Board Certified in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy in 2013. She is currently pursing certification in administration. She serves on her school’s Local School Improvement Council, Instructional Practices Inventory Team, Leadership, and Wellness Committees. Furthermore, she actively contributes and conducts trainings for Raleigh County’s Innovative Team for Professional Development and is on the Excess Levy Planning Committee.

Jada is an online facilitator for the eLearning Program through WVDE.  She is also the Lead Coordinator for the Southern WV National Board Certification Cohort through the West Virginia Department of Education and serves as one of their facilitators for awareness in certification.   For the WV division of the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching, she is actively involved and is a member of the planning committee. Mrs. Reeves is an author for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards blog entitled The Standard.   In addition, she was recently appointed and appreciates her role as Board of Director for the Education Alliance and serves as an adjunct professor of education at Concord University.

Mrs. Reeves serves her community with her coaching efforts with youth sports and is an Assistant Girl Scout Troop Leader.  Operation Underdog is a pet rescue in which her family has opened their home to foster rescue dogs as well.

It is her desire to encourage young individuals to expend their efforts into always improving.  She hopes to instill dedication, perseverance, and persistence into her pupil’s character. Becoming better is a never-ending pursuit that she portrays to them as a life goal; whether that be on the field, the classroom, or in the race of life.

Excitement is contagious and it shows in her classroom. Mrs. Reeves is a passionate teacher who instills a love learning through innovative instruction! 










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