ďItís such an honor to have this opportunity to represent our country with USA Basketball once again, and Iím really looking forward to it,Ē Donovan said. ďMark Few and Shaka Smart are both outstanding coaches. I have tremendous respect for them both and am glad for another chance to coach alongside them.Ē
This is Donovan's third opportunity to work with USA Basketball. In addition to the gold medal he helped the USA U18 team earn as a head coach in 2012, he served as a court coach for the 2011 USA Basketball Menís U19 World Championship Team training camp.
Now in his 19th season as a collegiate head coach and his 17th year at the helm of the Florida Gators (1996-97 to present), Donovan has compiled a spectacular overall head-coaching record of 439-180 (.709 winning percentage) and a record of 404-160 (.716 winning percentage) at Florida as of Feb. 4, 2012.
While at Florida Donovan has won two NCAA National Championships (2006 and 2007), made three NCAA title-game appearances (2000, 2006 and 2007) and reached 12 NCAA Tournaments. Additionally, he has won four Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular-season championships (2000, 2001, 2007 and 2011) and three-consecutive SEC Tournament championships (2005-2007).
Donovan led his 2011-12 squad to the NCAA Elite Eight and a 26-11 record, and thus far in 2012-13, the Gators are 18-2 and were ranked No. 2 in the most recent Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls (as of Feb. 4, 2012). Also this season, he became the third coach to win 400 games at an SEC school, joining Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) and Dale Brown (LSU).
In the past seven seasons, he has led Florida to four Elite Eight appearances, which is more than any school in the nation except the University of North Carolina (five) and the University of Kansas (also four).
Donovanís back-to-back national titles marked just the seventh time in NCAA history that a program had won the national championship in consecutive years, and he joined Adolph Rupp as the only SEC coaches to win multiple titles.
With the Gators, he has posted 14 consecutive 20-win seasons, two 30-win seasons and a school record of 35 wins in 2007. He has led his teams to postseason play in 15-straight seasons, missing postseason play in his first year only (1996-97).
In all, Donovan has won 28 NCAA Tournament games, more than three times the amount of all prior UF coaches combined. With the third-most wins in SEC menís basketball history, his winning percentage is the highest in UF history.
A few of his many honors and accolades include 1994 National Rookie Coach of the Year by Basketball Times, 1994 Southern Conference Coach of the Year, ESPN.com's 2001 National Coach of the Year and National Association of Basketball Coaches District VI Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2003. In April 2010, he became the youngest recipient of the Wooden Award's "Legends of Coaching" honor, and he was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2011.
Prior to Gainesville, Donovan was a standout student-athlete at Providence College, where he earned his bachelor's degree in general social studies and led the Friars to their best season in school history and a trip to the Final Four in 1987, Donovan's senior year.
After spending two seasons as a reserve player, Donovan thrived under new coach Rick Pitino and became one of the premier players in Providence history. The Rockville Centre, N.Y., native averaged 15.1 points per game as a junior and 20.6 ppg. as a senior to earn All-America honorable mention. He set single-season school records as a senior with 97 3-pointers made, 237 3-pointers attempted and 1,234 minutes played. That same year, he was named the NCAA Tournament Southeast Region Most Outstanding Player and earned a spot on the Big East All-Tournament Team. In 1999, he was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame and named to the 10-man All-Time Providence Civic Center Team.
Donovan played professionally for one season with the New York Knicks and then spent a year with an investment-banking firm on Wall Street before embarking on his coaching career.
He was an assistant with Pitino's Kentucky Wildcats for five seasons (1989-90 through 1993-94), including a Final Four run in 1993, and his first head-coaching job was at Marshall University in 1994-95.
Inheriting a Thundering Herd squad that had won nine games the previous season, Donovan led his team to an 18-9 record and a Southern Conference championship in his first season and a 17-11 mark in 1995-96.