Official Release | November 3, 2016


Mark Daigneault (DAYG-nalt) is in his third season as head coach of the Oklahoma City Blue. Daigneault owns a 47-53 record as the coach of the Thunder’s D-League team. In his first season, he led the team to an appearance in the NBADL Western Conference Semifinals. Daigneault served as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder from February 2016 through the end of the season following hip surgery for Maurice Cheeks.Under his watch, the Blue has had four players called up to NBA rosters (Josh Huestis, Dwight Buycks, Reggie Williams and Semaj Christon) and four Thunder players assigned a combined 52 times (Grant Jerrett, Josh Huestis, Mitch McGary and Cameron Payne).Daigneault came to Oklahoma City after spending his
previous four years working under Billy Donovan at the University of Florida, where he most recently held the position of Assistant to the Head Coach. Throughout his four years at Florida, the Gators totaled a record of 120-30 (.800), won three SEC titles and advanced to the Elite Eight each year. In his final season with UF (2013-14), the Gators became the first SEC team to go 18-0 in conference play and went on to win the SEC Championship and advance to the Final Four.

Prior to his time at Florida, Daigneault spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Holy Cross. During Daigneault’s tenure, the Crusaders finished as runner-up of the Patriot League Championship in 2008-09.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Daigneault served as a student manager with the Huskies under Jim Calhoun from 2003-07. While at UCONN, the Huskies won the 2004 NCAA Championship and claimed three Big East titles, posting a combined record of 103-32 (.763).A native of Leominster, Mass., Daigneault holds a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Florida.

 Oklahoma City Blue DAVID AKINYOOYE | Assistant Coach
David Akinyooye begins his second season as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Blue.Akinyooye came to Oklahoma City in 2015 following a one year stint as a assistant coach in Lyon, France with Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket.Prior to his time in Lyon, Akinyooye served the San Antonio Spurs as a player development quality
assurance assistant during San Antonio’s 2013-14 NBA championship season. He began his coaching career in 2012-13 with the New York Knicks in the role of coaching workout associate.

Following a collegiate career at Adelphi University in New York, Akinyooye played one season with the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League. A native of Elmont, N.Y., Akinyooye received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Adelphi in 2011.

Christian_1516Staff JARELL CHRISTIAN | Assistant Coach
Jarell Christian starts his third season as an assistant coach of the Oklahoma City Blue. Christian served as interim head coach from February 2016 through the end of the season, while Head Coach Mark Daigneault joined the Thunder staff.He joined Oklahoma City after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. While at Randolph-Macon, the Yellow Jackets posted records of 21-10 in 2012-13 and 20-7 in 2013-14, advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament in both seasons. Christian has also held assistant coaching roles at Tusculum College (Tenn.) and at his alma matter, Emory & Henry (Va.).A four-year member of the Emory & Henry basketball team, Christian graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.