Anne Donovan, a legendary determine in girls’s basketball who received Olympic gold as a participant and as a coach for the United States, died Wednesday of coronary heart failure. She was 56.
“While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,” Donovan’s household stated in a press release.
“Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach. Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone. We are so proud of her accomplishments as a women’s basketball player and coach, but even more proud of her character, integrity, humility and kindness.”
Donovan, a local of Ridgewood, New Jersey, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and in addition was a part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. She was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.
A 6-foot-Eight middle, Donovan performed collegiately for Old Dominion from 1979 to 1983, the place she averaged 20 factors and 14.5 rebounds and helped the Lady Monarchs win the 1980 AIAW nationwide championship.
Donovan made the 1980 U.S. Olympic workforce that didn’t compete due to the boycott of the Moscow Games. She then helped lead the Americans to gold within the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.
After she retired as a participant, Donovan turned a coach, first as an assistant at her alma mater after which as head coach at East Carolina.
She coached within the WNBA for a number of years, profitable a league championship with the Seattle Storm in 2004.
Donovan additionally led the U.S. Olympic workforce as head coach to the 2008 gold medal within the Beijing Games.
Lisa Brummel, co-owner of the Storm, stated Donovan can be remembered as “a championship coach and a championship person.”
“Her dedication, passion and winning spirit set the tone for Storm Basketball,” Brummel stated in a press release. “We are deeply saddened by her passing and share our heartfelt condolences with her family.”