Anne Donovan, a legendary determine in girls’s basketball who gained Olympic gold as a participant and as a coach for the United States, died Wednesday of coronary heart failure. She was 56.
“While this can be very tough to specific how devastating it’s to lose Anne, our household stays so very grateful to have been blessed with such a beautiful human being,” Donovan’s household stated in an announcement.
“Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, pal and coach. Anne was an individual with robust religion, brave spirit, a giving coronary heart and love for everybody. We are so pleased with her accomplishments as a girls’s basketball participant and coach, however much more pleased with 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 group 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 grew to become 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, successful a league championship with the Seattle Storm in 2004.
Donovan additionally led the U.S. Olympic group 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 individual.”
“Her dedication, ardour and successful spirit set the tone for Storm Basketball,” Brummel stated in an announcement. “We are deeply saddened by her passing and share our heartfelt condolences together with her household.”