Donovan named co-National Coach of the Year

FightinGators.com Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2014


Florida head coach Billy Donovan was named a co-recipient of the 2013 USA Basketball Coach of the Year. Donovan led the United States team to a 9-0 record and a gold medal at last summer’s 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships.

Donovan was honored along with Katie Meier of Miami, who led the USA U19 women to the same outcome as the men.

“This was such a special event, and I’m very thankful to USA Basketball for the opportunity to coach this team and appreciative of this honor,” said Florida head coach Billy Donovan. “I thought the people in the Czech Republic did a great job hosting the World Championship. Prague was a great city… I thought the USA did a really great job of fielding a good team and providing a lot of options to put together a great team.”

The gold medal was just the third for the United States in the last eight FIBA U19 World Championships. The team won its nine games by an average of 39.6 points.

Previous winners of the awar include Geno Auriemma (2010, 2012), Jim Boeheim (2001), Larry Brown (1999, 2003), Van Chancellor (2002, 2004), Jamie Dixon (2009), Anne Donovan (2007, 2008), Nell Fortner (2000), Gail Goestenkors (2005), Clem Haskins (1998), Mike Krzyzewski (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), Mo McHone (1997), Jennifer Rizzotti (2011) and Tara VanDerveer (1996).

“Billy and Katie provided tremendous leadership for our U19 teams, and the results they achieved in a competition that is so challenging were impressive,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “Not only did the U.S. teams win, but they played with passion and demonstrated great sportsmanship, and that is a credit to these two respected coaches."



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