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Billy Donovan
Billy Donovan

Head Coach

The Donovan File

Coaching Experience:
1989-90 Kentucky Graduate Assistant Coach
1990-93 Kentucky Assistant Coach
1993-94 Kentucky Associate Coach
1994-96 Marshall Head Coach
1996-Present Florida Head Coach

Year-by-Year Coaching Record
Year School Overall Record League Post-season
1994-95 Marshall 18-9 (.667) 10-4 (.714)  
1995-96 Marshall 17-11 (.608) 8-6 (.571)  
1996-97 Florida 13-17 (.433) 5-11 (.313)  
1997-98 Florida 14-15 (.483) 6-10 (.375) NIT; 0-1
1998-99 Florida 22-9 (.710) 10-6 (.625) NCAA Sweet 16; 2-1
1999-00 Florida 29-8 (.783) 12-4 (.750) NCAA Runner-Up; 5-1
2000-01 Florida 24-7 (.744) 12-4 (.750) NCAA Second Round; 1-1
2001-02 Florida 22-9 (.710) 10-6 (.625) NCAA First Round; 0-1
2002-03 Florida 25-8 (.758) 12-4 (.750) NCAA Second Round; 1-1
2003-04 Florida 20-11 (.645) 9-7 (.563) NCAA First Round; 0-1
2004-05 Florida 24-8 (.750) 12-4 (.750) NCAA Second Round,; 1-1
2005-06 Florida 33-6 (.846) 10-6 (.625) NCAA Champions; 6-0
2006-07 Florida 35-5 (.875) 13-3 (.813) NCAA Champions; 6-0
2007-08 Florida 24-12 (.667) 8-8 (.500) NIT Semifinals; 3-1
2008-09 Florida 25-11 (.694) 9-7 (.563) NIT Quarterfinals; 2-1
2009-10 Florida 21-13 (.618) 9-7 (.563) NCAA First Round; 0-1
2010-11 Florida 29-8 (.783) 13-3 (.813) NCAA Elite Eight; 3-1
2010-11 Florida 29-8 (.783) 13-3 (.813) NCAA Elite Eight; 3-1
2011-12 Florida 26-11 (.703) 10-6 (.625) NCAA Elite Eight; 3-1
2012-13 Florida 29-8 (.784) 14-4 (.778) NCAA Elite Eight; 3-1
Overall  19 Years 450-186 (.708) 192-110 (.636) 16 postseason appearances
Rec. at UF 17 Years 415-166 (.714) 174-100 (.635) 36-14 (31-11 in NCAA)

Coaching Honors:

  • SEC Coach of the Year, 2011, 2013
  • Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching” Honor, 2010
  • ESPN.com National Coach of the Year, 2001
  • NABC District Coach of the Year, 2000, 2003, 2013
  • United States Sports Academy, National Coach of the Year, 2007
  • Gainesville Sun Sportsperson of the Year, 1999
  • Basketball Times National Rookie Coach of the Year, 1994
  • West Virginia College Coach of the Year, 1994
  • Southern Conference Coach of the Year, 1994
Playing Experience:
1983-87 Providence College
1987-88 New York Knicks (NBA)

Playing Honors:

  • Honorable Mention All-America (UPI), 1987
  • All East, 1987
  • NABC All District, 1986 (second team), 1987 (first team)
  • All Big East, 1986 (third team), 1987 (first team)
  • New England Player-of-the-Year, 1987
  • Providence Male Athlete-of-the-Year, 1986, 1987
  • Providence Captain, 1986, 1987
  • Providence MVP, 1986, 1987
  • NCAA Southeast Region Most Outstanding Player, 1987
  • Big East All-Tournament Team, 1987
  • All-Time Providence Civic Center Team, 1999
  • Providence Hall of Fame, 1999

Education:

  • St. Agnes High School, 1983
  • Providence College, 1987 (Bachelor of Arts in General Social Studies)

Date of Birth: May 30, 1965

Family: Wife - The former Christine D’Auria
Children - William (21, 2/10/92), Hasbrouck (19, 3/12/94), Bryan (16, 1/6/97) and Connor (11, 11/18/01)

Donovan as a player
Providence   Overall 3-Point          
YEAR G FG FGA (PCT) FG-FGA (PCT) FT FTA REB ASST. PTS AVG
1983 84 28 25 68 (.368) ---------- 15 21 (.714) 23 85 65 2.3
1984 85 29 41 87 (.456) ---------- 10 15 (.667) 16 71 92 3.2
1985 86 31 183 358 (.511) --------- 103 130 (.792) 49 147 469 15.1
1986 87 34 203 467 (.435) 97-237 (.409) 199 236 (.843) 102 243 702 20.6
TOTALS 122 452 980 (.461) 97-237 (.409) 327 402 (.813) 190 546 1328 10.9
 
New York Knicks
YEAR G FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT REB PTS AVG
1987-88 44 44-109 .404 17-21 .810 25 105 2.4

Donovan vs. opponents as a player: (67-54)

Alabama-Birmingham 1-0; Alabama 1-0; American 1-0; Assumption 2-1; Arizona 1-0; Arkansas-Little Rock 1-0; Austin Peay 1-0; Boston College 5-3; Boston University 1-0; Brown 4-0; Chaminade 1-0; Connecticut 5-2; Dayton 0-1; Farleigh Dickinson 0-1; Georgetown 2-9; George Mason 1-0; Hofstra 1-0; Holy Cross 4-0; Howard 4-0; Illinois State 0-1;  Long Island 0-1; Louisiana Tech 0-1; Maine 2-0; Marquette 0-1; Miami 1-0;  Northeastern 1-0; Notre Dame 0-2; Penn 1-0; Pittsburgh 2-6; Rhode Island 4-0; Richmond 0-1; Rider 1-0; Seton Hall 9-1; Siena 1-0; St. John=s 4-6; Syracuse 0-8; Temple 1-0; Tulsa 0-1; Villanova 2-7; Virginia 1-0; West Texas State 1-0; Xavier 0-1.

Donovan vs. opponents as a head coach: (450-186)
Air Force 1-0 New Hampshire 3-0
Alabama 19-5 New Orleans 2-0
Alabama State 1-0 Nicholls State 1-0
Albany 1-0 Norfolk State 1-0
American University 3-0 North Carolina 1-0
Appalachian State 3-2 North Carolina A&T 1-0
Arizona 2-2 North Carolina Central 1-0
Arizona State 1-0 North Carolina State 2-0
Arkansas 16-6 NC Wilmington 2-0
Auburn 18-4 North Dakota State 1-0
Belmont 1-0 North Florida 3-0
Bethune-Cookman 6-0 Northeastern 1-0
Bluefield 1-0 Northwestern State 1-0
Bradley 1-0 Ohio 1-0
Butler 2-2 Ohio State 2-3
BYU 1-1 Oklahoma State 1-0
Canisius 1-0 Oregon 1-0
Central Michigan 2-0 Pennsylvania 1-1
Charleston Southern 3-0 Penn State 0-1 
Charlotte 1-0 Prairie View A&M 1-0
Citadel 2-0 Presbyterian 1-0
Coastal Carolina 3-0 Providence 3-0
Creighton 1-2 Puerto Rico 1-0
Davidson 1-4 Purdue 1-1
Delaware 0-1 Radford 2-0
DePaul 1-1 Rhode Island 1-0
Duke 1-1 Richmond 0-1
Duquesne 2-0 Rider 1-0
Eastern Illinois 1-0 Robert Morris 1-0
Eastern Kentucky 4-0 Rutgers 4-1
East Tennessee State 2-2 St. Peter's  1-0
Florida A&M 10-0 Samford 1-0
Florida Atlantic 2-0 Sam Houston State 2-0
Florida Gulf Coast 2-0 San Diego State 1-0
Florida State 11-6 Savannah State 2-0 
Furman 1-1 South Alabama 2-1
George Mason 1-0 South Carolina 24-11
Georgetown 2-1 South Florida 3-0
Georgia 25-10 Southeastern Louisiana 1-0
Georgia Southern 9-0 Southern 1-0
Gonzaga 1-1 Southern Utah 1-0
Hampton 1-0 Stanford 0-1
High Point 3-0 Stetson 10-0
Illinois 1-0 Syracuse 1-3
Jackson State 2-0 Temple 2-1
Jacksonville 10-1 Tennessee 16-18
Jacksonville State 1-0 Tennessee Chatt. 5-1
Kansas 1-1  Tennessee-Martin 1-0
Kansas State 1-3 Tennessee Tech 1-0
Kent State 1-0 Texas 0-2
Kentucky 14-26 Texas A&M 2-0
Liberty 1-0 Toledo 1-0
Long Island 1-0 Troy 1-0
Longwood 1-0 Tulane 2-0
Louisiana-Lafayette 1-0 UAB 2-1
LSU 13-8 UCLA 3-0
Louisiana Tech 1-0  UC Santa Barbara 1-0
Louisville 0-3 Utah State 1-0
Manhattan 0-1 Vanderbilt 23-12
Marquette 2-0 Vermont 1-0
Maryland 1-1 Villanova 1-1
Massachusetts 0-1 Virginia 1-0
McNeese State 1-0 VMI 4-1
Miami (Fla.) 3-1  Wake Forest 1-1
Michigan 1-1 Washington 1-0 
Michigan State 2-3 Weber State 1-0
Middle Tennessee 1-0 Western Carolina 1-1
Milligan College 1-0 Western Kentucky 2-0
Minnesota 1-0 West Virginia 2-2
Mississippi 14-7 Winthrop 1-0
Mississippi State 13-8 Wisconsin 1-0
Mississippi Valley State 1-0 Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1-0
Missouri 1-1 UAB 1-0
Missouri-Kansas City 1-0 UCF 6-1
Montana State 1-0 Wright State 1-0
Morehead State 3-0 Xavier 1-0
Morgan State 1-0 Yale 2-0
Nevada 0-1    

 

Florida's NCAA Tournament Coaching Victories
Coach Tournaments Record
Billy Donovan 11 25-9
Lon Kruger 2 4-2
Norm Sloan 1 0-1

Did You Know… Billy Donovan holds a 31-11 NCAA Tournament record and is 21-4 in the Big Dance since 2006.

Coaches Who Have Played and Coached in the Final Four
  Player Coach
Vic Bubas North Carolina State Duke
Billy Donovan Providence Florida
Dick Harp Kansas Kansas
Bob Knight Ohio State Indiana
Bones McKinney North Carolina Wake Forest
Dean Smith Kansas North Carolina

Did You Know… Billy Donovan and Dick Harp are the only two men who have played in a Final Four, served as an assistant coach on a Final Four team and was a head coach of a Final Four team? Donovan served as an assistant on the 1993 Kentucky team that advanced to the Final Four, while Harp served as an assistant on the 1952 and 1953 Kansas teams that advanced to the Final Four.

Florida First Round Draft Picks Under Donovan
Name (Year) Team Overall Pick
David Lee New York 30th selection overall
Mike Miller (2000) Orlando 5th selection overall
Donnell Harvey (2000) New York 22nd selection overall
Jason Williams (1998) Sacramento 7th selection overall
Al Horford (2007) Atlanta 3rd selection overall
Corey Brewer (2007) Minnesota 7th selection overall
Joakim Noah (2007) Chicago 9th selection overall
Marreese Speights (2008) Philadelphia 16th selection overall
Bradley Beal (2012) Washington 3rd selection overall

Did You Know…Florida had just two first round draft picks prior to Donovan’s arrival. UF has had nine first-round selections under Donovan.

Florida's SEC Statistical Champions Under Donovan
Year Category Mark
1997 3-Pt FG Percentage .374
1998 3-Pt FG Per Game 9.83*
1998 3-Pt FG Percentage .400
1999 3-Pt FG Percentage .379
1999 3-Pt FG Per Game 9.32
1999 Steals Per Game 10.03
2000 Scoring Offense 83.8
2000 Scoring Margin +15.0
2000 Assists 16.51
2001 Scoring Offense 80.9
2001 Scoring Margin +13.8
2001 3-Pt FG Percentage .383
2001 Free Throw Percentage .729
2001 Assists 17.35
2001 Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.19
2001 Defensive Rebounds 26.65
2002 Scoring Offense 80.5
2002 Scoring Margin +13.9
2002 Assists 16.74
2002 Assist/Turnover Radio 1.12
2003 3-Pt FG Percentage .390
2003 3-Pt FG Per Game 8.70
2004 FG Percentage .482
2004 FT Percentage .750
2004 3-Pt FG Per Game 8.03
2005 Points Per Game 76.2
2005 Scoring Margin +13.1
2006 Scoring Margin +14.7
2006 FG Percentage .500
2006 3-Pt FG Percentage .392
2006 FT Percentage .744
2006 FG Percentage Allowed .399
2006 3-Pt FG Percentage Allowed .318
2007 FG Percentage .526*
2007 3-Pt. FG Percentage .409
2007 3-pt. FG Percentage Allowed .285
2007 Scoring Defense 62.6
2007 Scoring Margin +17.2*
2007 Rebounding Defense 29.1
2007 Rebounding Margin +8.5
2008 FG Percentage .488
2008 Assist/ Turnover Ratio 1.39
2008 Rebounding- Defense 31.8
2009 Scoring Margin +9.6
2009 Assists 16.4
2009 Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.38
2010 Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.13
2011 Rebounding-Defense 31.3
2011 Rebounding Margin +6.3
2011 Defensive Rebound Percentage .704
2011 Offensive Rebound Percentage .387
2012 3-Pt. FGs Per Game 9.65
2012 Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.34
2012 Assists 14.89
2013 Scoring Margin +17.0
2013 Scoring Defense 54.4
2013 FG Percentage Allowed .382
2013 FG Percentage .478
2013 Rebounding Defense 30.2
2013 3-Pt. FGs Per Game 8.1
2013 Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.30
2013 3-Pt. FG Percentage .378
2013 Defensive Rebound Pct. .310
* Led the NCAA

Did You Know… Florida has led the SEC in an offensive team statistic 41 times under Billy Donovan. UF had led the conference in an offensive team statistic just three times prior to his arrival?

SEC Academic Honor Roll Selections (1997-2008)
Florida 61
Mississippi State 53
Vanderbilt 41
Alabama 39
Kentucky 39
Georgia 35
Tennessee 35
LSU 34
South Carolina 25
Auburn 22
Ole Miss 20
Arkansas 16

Florida's six SEC Academic Honor Roll selections in 1997 and 1998 were a league record. The Gators have an SEC-best 61 SEC Honor Roll selections since 1997.

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