35 Facts About Anne Donovan


Anne Theresa Donovan was an American women's basketball player and coach.


Anne Donovan was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, and became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.


Anne Donovan was inducted in the inaugural class at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.


Anne Donovan is the only person to have both played for a national women's college title and coached a team to a professional title.


Anne Donovan then went back to college to Seton Hall for two seasons before resigning to take the Connecticut Sun head coaching job for two seasons.


Anne Donovan was the coach of the Olympic gold medal-winning 2008 United States Women's Basketball team.


Anne Donovan attended Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey.


Anne Donovan averaged 25 points per game and 17 rebounds her senior year.


In 1979, Anne Donovan received offers from more than 250 schools, including a recruiting pitch from Penn State's Joe Paterno.


Anne Donovan was the first female Naismith College Player of the Year in 1983.


Anne Donovan won the 1983 Honda Sports Award and WBCA Player of the Year award for basketball.


Anne Donovan's 50 points in a single game against Norfolk State on December 11,1980, is a school record, while her 801 career blocked shots is best in NCAA history.


Anne Donovan had ten blocks and seventeen rebounds in their win over Tennessee.


Anne Donovan then led the Charlotte Sting to the WNBA Finals in 2001, losing to the Los Angeles Sparks.


Anne Donovan was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, and as part of the inaugural class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.


In 2003, Anne Donovan was hired as the second head coach of the Seattle Storm, inheriting a team with two number one draft picks from 2001 and 2002, the Australian Lauren Jackson and University of Connecticut star Sue Bird.


At season's end, Anne Donovan's contract was extended to keep her in Seattle for several years.


On November 30,2007, Anne Donovan resigned from her position of head coach of the Seattle Storm.


Anne Donovan assumed the position of interim head coach of the Liberty on July 31,2009, replacing former head coach Pat Coyle.


Anne Donovan resigned the coaching job at Seton Hall in January 2013 and accepted a position with the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, where she spent three seasons until she resigned as head coach on October 1,2015.


Anne Donovan was named to the team representing the US at the inaugural William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan.


Anne Donovan had qualified for the 1980 US Olympic team but did not compete due to the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics.


Anne Donovan did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the athletes.


Anne Donovan was a member of the USA National team at the 1983 World Championships, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Anne Donovan played on the 1983 team, winning the gold in Venezuela, and on the 1987 team winning the gold in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Anne Donovan averaged 8.2 points per game and tied for the team lead with eight blocks.


Anne Donovan was selected to represent the US at the inaugural Goodwill games, held in Moscow in July 1986.


Anne Donovan continued to represent the US with National team at the 1986 World Championship, held in Moscow, a month after the Goodwill games in Moscow.


Anne Donovan was one of five double-digit scorers in the game with 16 points.


In 1998, Anne Donovan was named an assistant coach of the USA National Team, under head coach Nell Fortner.


Anne Donovan continued as assistant coach to the National team in the 2002 World Championships, held during September in three cities in China, including Nanjing, China.


In 2004, Anne Donovan was named the assistant coach of the National team representing the US at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.


Anne Donovan took over the head coaching duties for the USA National team in 2006, but that was far from the only change on the team.


Anne Donovan continued as head coach for the 2008 Olympic Games.


Anne Donovan died on June 13,2018, of heart failure in Wilmington, North Carolina.