BirthdayMay 30, 1965

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Billy Donovan

    Full name: Billy Donovan
    Also known as: Billy, Billy Donovan, Donovan, Billy
    Professions: American college basketball player, professional basketball player, point guard, college basketball coach, NCAA Tournament championship coach
    Nationality: American
    Work: Billy Donovan—championships, awards, and honors

  2. Billy Donovan Measurements

    Height: 1.8
    Weight: 77.57

  3. Billy Donovan Biography

    William John Donovan, Jr. (born May 30, 1965) is an American college basketball coach who has been the head coach of the Florida Gators men's basketball team of the University of Florida since 1996. Donovan is the winningest coach in the history of the Florida basketball program. He led the Florida Gators to a NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in 2006 and 2007, and has coached the Gators to more NCAA tournament appearances and more Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament championships than every other coach in program history combined.Donovan was born and raised in Rockville Center on Long Island, New York. As the starting point guard for Rick Pitino's Providence Friars men's basketball team, Donovan led the Friars to the 1987 Final Four. As such, he is one of only four men (Dean Smith, Joe B. Hall and Bobby Knight being the others) to appear in the NCAA Final Four as a player and win the NCAA national championship as a coach.Before his tenure at Florida, Donovan spent most of the 1987-88 season as a reserve guard for the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks, who at the time were coached by his college coach, Rick Pitino. After leaving the NBA and briefly working as a Wall Street stock broker, Donovan followed Pitino to the University of Kentucky, where he served as an assistant coach for the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball from 1989 to 1993. He accepted his first head coaching position at Marshall University in 1994 and led the Thundering Herd to a 35-20 record over two seasons.Over the years, Donovan has been rumored to be a candidate for various NCAA and NBA head coaching positions. On June 1, 2007, he accepted an offer to become the head coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic. However, the day after an introductory press conference, Donovan informed the Magic that he had changed his mind about leaving Florida, and the club agreed to release him from his contract on June 7. He then signed a contract extension with the University of Florida which, at $3.5 million per year, made him the highest paid coach in college basketball at the time.

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