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Anne Donovan

American women's basketball player and coach

Died when: 56 years 224 days (679 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio

 

Anne Donovan

Anne Theresa Donovan (November 1, 1961 – June 13, 2018) was an American women's basketball player and coach.From 2013 to 2015, she was the head coach of the Connecticut Sun.

In her playing career, Donovan won a national championship with Old Dominion University, won two Olympic gold medals, and went to three Final Fours overall.

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

Donovan was inducted in the inaugural class at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.As a professional basketball coach, she guided the Seattle Storm to their first title in 2004, becoming the first woman to coach a WNBA Championship team (as well as the youngest person to coach a WNBA champion, at age 42).

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

After coaching the Indiana Fever and the Charlotte Sting earlier in her career, Donovan joined the New York Liberty as an assistant coach in the spring of 2009, then took over as interim head coach of the Liberty on July 31, 2009.

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

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


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