I have to take responsibility for that, which I'm trying to do. When I made the decision, the next morning it just did not feel right for meDonavan returns to Florida Jun 07, 2007
The last four or five days certainly have been difficultDonavan returns to Florida Jun 07, 2007
The easy decision would have been for me to stay at FloridaReport: Donovan has second thoughts Jun 04, 2007
The easy decision would have been for me to stay at FloridaDonovan introduced as Magic's coach Jun 01, 2007
I do not expect any of them back next seasonFour Florida players to turn pro Apr 05, 2007
William John “Billy” Donovan, Jr. (born May 30, 1965 in Rockville Centre, New York) is the head coach of the Florida Gators basketball team. He has taken the Gators to three NCAA championship game appearances, in 2000, 2006 and 2007. The Gators lost to the Michigan State Spartans in the 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball final. The Gators won the national championship in 2006 with a 73-57 win over UCLA and again in 2007 with an 84-75 win over Ohio State, making Donovan the first coach since Mike Krzyzewski to win back-to-back titles. He is one of only four (Dean Smith, Joe B. Hall and Bobby Knight being the others) to play in the Final Four and win the national championship as a coach.
After a brief stint as head coach of the Orlando Magic that lasted only 5 days, Donovan re-signed with the Gators on June 7, 2007, with a deal that makes him the highest-paid coach in college basketball, at $3.5-million per year.
Donovan was born and raised in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York. The son of Bill Donovan, Sr., the third leading scorer in Boston College men's basketball history, Donovan graduated from St. Agnes High School — a local powerhouse where he was coached by the legendary Frank Morris — in 1983 before going on to Providence College, where he played guard on the basketball team. His first two seasons with the Friars were unimpressive; he scored an average of 2 points per game as a freshman and three points as a sophomore. His junior year, however, Donovan flourished in the system of new head coach Rick Pitino. "Billy the Kid," as Providence fans soon nicknamed him (after the 19th century outlaw, Billy the Kid), averaged 15.1 points as a junior and 20.6 as a senior, when he took the Friars to the Final Four and earned the Southeast Regional MVP.