Storm Re-Signs Donovan

August 27, 2005

SEATTLE The Seattle Storm today announced the re-signing of head coach Anne Donovan to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Donovan is in her third season as the Storm’s head coach. Last year, she led the Storm to the 2004 WNBA Championship and became the first female head coach to capture the league’s title.

The last two seasons, Donovan has led the Storm to a franchise-record 20 wins - beating her own 2003 record of 18 - and a berth in the WNBA playoffs. Earlier this season, Donovan became the fourth coach in WNBA history to reach 100 wins by beating the Minnesota Lynx on Aug. 18.

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“This is another great day in the history of Storm basketball,” said Storm Chief Operating Officer Karen Bryant. “One year removed from a WNBA championship and on the verge of our second-consecutive playoff berth, I’m pleased to announce our renewed commitment to Coach Donovan. With Anne’s leadership, the Storm won a Championship in two years and we look forward to continued success with her at the helm.”

“I am so thrilled about the opportunity to coach the Storm for years to come,” Donovan said. “Winning a WNBA Championship last season was an incredible experience not only for me, but for the city of Seattle. I look forward to many more successful seasons with the Storm.”

“Anne has demonstrated to our fans and to the whole WNBA that she is one of the top coaches in the history of the league,” Sonics & Storm President and CEO Wally Walker said. “We are thrilled that she will be with the Storm for years to come.”

Last summer, Donovan served as assistant coach to Van Chancellor on the gold-medal winning 2004 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team in Athens, Greece. While with the team she coached her own WNBA All-Star player, Storm point guard, Sue Bird.

In honor of her remarkable accomplishments in 2004, Donovan was named the “Female Sports Star of the Year” at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s 70th annual sports banquet on Jan. 19, 2005.

The 2004 WNBA Playoffs marked the third time Donovan guided a WNBA team into the postseason. She led the Charlotte Sting into the playoffs in 2001 and 2002. In 2001, the Sting advanced to the WNBA Finals against the L.A. Sparks.

Following her stint in Charlotte, Donovan was named head coach of the Storm on Dec. 18, 2002, becoming the second coach in the club’s history. On Nov. 5, 2003, Donovan also assumed the title of director of player personnel.

Donovan’s coaching career began in the collegiate ranks. She was an assistant at her alma mater Old Dominion (1989-1995) before taking the helm at East Carolina University (1995-98).

A Naismith Trophy winner and three-time All-American selection at Old Dominion, Donovan was a member of the gold-medal-winning U.S. Women’s Basketball Team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. She also played professionally in Italy (1988-89) and Japan (1983-88).

The Storm will return to KeyArena on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. for Game 2 of the team’s First Round WNBA Playoff series against the Houston Comets. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Storm playoff tickets are available by phone at 1-877-WNBA-TIX, online at and at all Ticketmaster locations, including the Sonics & Storm Team Shop located at 312 First Ave. N. on KeyArena’s West Plaza.

The Seattle Sonics & Storm manages the Puget Sound region’s professional basketball franchises – the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics and the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. The organization oversees all sales, marketing, finance, public relations, broadcast production and basketball operations for the teams. The Basketball Club of Seattle LLC owns both teams.