College - Old Dominion
Anne Donovan was named the head coach of the New York Liberty on December 3, 2009. After taking over as the Liberty’s interim head coach halfway through the 2009 regular season, Donovan compiled a 7-10 overall record. One of the most accomplished female players and coaches in basketball history, she is the fourth head coach of the franchise. Donovan originally joined New York as an assistant coach on April 28, 2009. The 2010 season will mark her 10th year overall in the WNBA.
Donovan began her WNBA career as the interim head coach of the expansion Indiana Fever in 2000, followed by head coaching positions with the Charlotte Sting (2001-2002) and the Seattle Storm (2003-2007). She amassed a regular-season record of 93-77 (.547) with four playoff appearances in Seattle, including the 2004 WNBA Championship title. Donovan became the first female coach in WNBA history to reach the 100-win mark with the Storm’s victory over Minnesota on August 18, 2005. Her coaching career originated at the collegiate level where she was an assistant at her alma mater Old Dominion (1989-1995) before taking the helm at East Carolina University (1995-1998). She also was the head coach of the Philadelphia Rage in the former American Basketball League (ABL) in 1998.
Donovan owns a remarkable 132-10 (.930) all-time record on the sidelines for USA Basketball. As an assistant coach, she helped the U.S. capture gold at the Olympics in 1998 and 2004. While serving as head coach, she led the 2008 U.S. Women’s Senior National Team to gold in Beijing and as a result was chosen with Mike Krzyzewski as co-recipients of the 2008 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award in early 2009.
As a player, she won gold with the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic Teams, 1983 and 1987 Pan American Games Teams, 1986 World Championship Team and the 1978 and 1979 U.S. Olympic Festival East Teams. 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, MA on May 15, 1995. She was one of the twenty-six inductees in the inaugural class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in June of 1999. Additionally, she is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the Old Dominion Sports Hall of Fame and the CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame.
Donovan is a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey.