Anne Donovan Coach Page

Anne Donovan Head Coach
Old Dominion '83

The 2007 WNBA season marks Anne Donovan’s fifth campaign with the Seattle Storm and her eighth year as a head coach in the WNBA. Donovan has compiled a 121-111 (.522) record in her seven seasons in the league, including a 76-60 (.559) mark with the Storm.

Donovan completed her fourth season in Seattle by guiding the Storm to an 18-16 record and the fourth playoff seed in the Western Conference. The Storm made their third consecutive postseason appearance under Donovan and have finished with a record of .500 or better in each of her four seasons at the helm. During the season, Donovan continued her climb up the WNBA’s all-time coaching wins list. The Storm’s victory over Charlotte on Aug. 5 was the 120th of Donovan’s career, moving her past Michael Cooper and into third place on the WNBA’s all-time list.

The Storm named Donovan head coach on Dec. 18, 2002, making her the second head coach in the franchise’s history. She joined the team after spending the previous two seasons as head coach of the Charlotte Sting. With Charlotte, Donovan compiled a 36-28 (.563) record and reached the postseason both years. She led the Sting to an amazing turnaround in 2001 when the team began the season 1-10 before embarking on a 17-4 run that ended in a WNBA Finals appearance.

On Nov. 5, 2003, Donovan added “director of player personnel” to her Storm title. In the following season, she coached the Storm to a 20-14 regular-season record and a second-place finish in the Western Conference, positioning the Storm in the postseason for just the second time in franchise history. The Storm went on to win the WNBA title, the first major sports championship in Seattle in 25 years. The feat made Donovan the first female coach to win a WNBA Championship. The following season, Donovan became the first female coach in WNBA history to reach the 100-win mark with the Storm’s victory over Minnesota on Aug. 18, 2005.

On Jan. 12, 2006, Donovan was named head coach of the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team for 2006-2008. The following spring, Donovan guided the U.S. team to a 9-1 record in a series of exhibition games, culminating in a gold medal at the 2006 Opals World Challenge in Australia. Featuring a total of 26 different players, the camps and exhibitions allowed Donovan and her coaching staff a chance to prepare for the 2006 FIBA World Championships in Brazil and to evaluate talent.

In her major international head coaching debut, Donovan led her young U.S. squad to an 8-1 record and the bronze medal at the World Championships. Prior to the World Championships, Donovan’s squad bested eventual gold medalist Australia 56-49 in an exhibition contest played at Duke University.

Prior to taking over the head coaching reigns for USA Basketball, Donovan served as an assistant coach to Van Chancellor on the gold-medal-winning 2004 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team in Athens. Donovan also served as an assistant coach to Chancellor on the gold-medal winning team at the 2002 FIBA World Championships in China.

Donovan’s coaching career began in the collegiate ranks where she was an assistant at her alma mater Old Dominion for six seasons (1989 through 1995) before taking the helm at East Carolina University for three years (1995 through 1998). She began her WNBA coaching career as the interim head coach of the expansion Indiana Fever in 2000. She also was the head coach of the Philadelphia Rage in the former American Basketball League (ABL) in 1998.

As a player, Donovan was a member of 12 U.S. national teams in a span of 12 years. She played for the gold-medal-winning U.S. teams at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and 1988 Olympics in Seoul. She was also a member of the 1980 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team, giving her the distinction of being one of only three women to be on three separate Olympic squads. She also played professional basketball in Italy (1988-89) and in Japan (1983 through 1988).

A Naismith Award winner and three-time All-American selection at Old Dominion, Donovan was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. on May 15, 1995. She is one of just 11 women in history to attain this highest distinction as a basketball player.

Her accomplishments on the hardwood are still being recognized. On Oct. 24, 2005, Donovan was honored by the Sun Belt Conference as its “All-Time Women’s Basketball Player.” Additionally, Donovan is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the ODU Sports Hall of Fame and the CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame.

Coach Headlines

January 20, 2005
Donovan Wins P-I Sports Star Award
December 1, 2004
Ranking Anne Donovan
October 18, 2004
Championship Q&A: Anne Donovan
October 15, 2004
Storm Truly Donovan's Team
August 9, 2004
Donovan's Olympics Legacy Continues From Sidelines
May 28, 2003
Writing About Anne Donovan
November 7, 2003
Donovan Named Team USA Assistant
November 5, 2003
Donovan Adds Director of Player Personnel Title
March 6, 2003
Q&A With Donovan
December 18, 2002
Donovan Named Head Coach