Billy Donovan Biography
William John Donovan Jr. is a popular American former player and professional basketball coach. Since September 2020, he has worked as head coach of the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). From 2015 to 2020, Donovan served as the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
From 1996 to 2015, he worked as the head basketball coach at the University of Florida before moving to the NBA. Donovan led his Florida Gator teams to NCAA championship appearances in 2000 and back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007.
Billy Donovan Age
Billy Donovan was born on May 30, 1965,
Billy Donovan Height
Donovan is a man of tall stature and stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m)
Billy Donovan Family
He was born and raised by his parents, Bill Donovan Sr. and Joan Donovan in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York. Moreover, Donovan has an elder sister called Margaret. His dad is the third leading scorer in the history of the Boston College Eagles men’s basketball program. While working in the textile industry, Billy Donovan Sr. occasionally coached his only son’s youth basketball teams.
Billy Donovan Wife
He is happily married to his beloved wife Christine Hasbrouck, the daughter of Anthony J. D’Auria and Patricia Ann Connor D’Auria. Donovan and Christine exchanged their wedding vows on August 5, 1989.
Billy Donovan Children
He is a proud father of four children namely, William Donovan III, Hasbrouck Donovan, Bryan Donovan, and Connor Donovan
Billy Donovan Education
He attended and graduated from St. Agnes Cathedral High School in Rockville Centre. While there, Donovan played basketball under coach Frank Morris. After graduating, he took an athletic scholarship to Providence College located in Providence, Rhode Island.
Billy Donovan Salary
He earns a desirable salary of $6 million annually.
Billy Donovan’s Net Worth
Billy Donovan has over the years managed to gather a decent wealth and has an estimated net worth of $14 million.
Billy Donovan Career
In 1989, he ended his professional basketball career and shortly served as a Wall Street stockbroker prior to following Pitino to his new job at the University of Kentucky. From 1989 to 1993, he worked as an assistant coach for the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball working his way from an unpaid graduate assistant to lead recruiter and top assistant coach under Pitino.
In 1994, Donovan took his first head coaching role at Marshall University and led the Thundering Herd to a 35–20 record over 2 seasons. In 1996, he was hired to revive Florida’s basketball program. His Gators started a streak of sixteen straight 20-win seasons, a spell in which his teams appeared in four Final Fours and won two NCAA championships after losing two seasons while he revamped the roster with a national recruiting measure.
Donovan was repeatedly rumored to be a candidate for various NCAA and NBA head coaching positions during his 19 years at Florida. In June 2007, he accepted an offer to become the head coach of the NBA’s Orlando Magic after leading the Gators to their second consecutive national title.
In April 2015, he accepted an offer to coach the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder after 19 years in Florida. He was named the NBA Coach’s Association Coach of the Year after the 2019–20 season. However, Donovan exited by mutual agreement after a discussion with the Thunder front office concerning the “future direction of the team” and took an offer to coach the Chicago Bulls in September 2020.
He was recruited by the Utah Jazz in the third round of the 1987 NBA draft but was waived prior to the start of the regular season. He was reunited with his college coach when the Knicks signed him to a one-year contract in December 1987. For the remainder of the 1987–88 season, he was a reserve guard and averaged 2.0 assists and 2.4 points over 44 games. In March 1988, The Knicks waived him.
During the 1988–89 preseason, he didn’t make an NBA roster so he went back to the CBA, with the Rapid City Thrillers averaging 10.1 points per game. By the end of 1988, he had not obtained another NBA offer and came to the conclusion that he didn’t have a long-term future as a professional basketball player. In January 1989, Donovan left the CBA and took a job with a Wall Street investment banking firm.
In 1990, Donovan became an assistant coach and later an associate head coach in 1992. In that position, he worked as Pitino’s top assistant coach during Kentucky’s 1993 Final Four run. His association with Kentucky’s success and Pitino’s request earned him an offer to become the head basketball coach at Marshall University. He accepted the offer, making him the youngest head basketball coach in NCAA Division I at 28 years old.
During the 2000–01 season, The Gators won the SEC regular season championship and the team achieved a No. 1 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today poll on February 3, 2003, for the first time in school history. On January 19, 2013, he recorded his 400th career victory at the University of Florida with an 83–52 win over the Missouri Tigers.
He became the second youngest coach in NCAA Division I history to earn 500 career wins on February 28, 2015, completing the feat in the Florida Gators’ 66–49 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. He joined Bob Knight as the only coach to reach 500 wins before turning 50 years old. In 18 years at Florida, he led the Gators to six SEC regular season titles (four outright, two shared), four SEC Tournament titles, and 14 NCAA Tournament appearances.
In late May, Donovan was offered the head coaching job role at the NBA’s Orlando Magic to succeed Brian Hill, who had been fired after losing two seasons consecutively. On June 1, 2007, Donovan agreed to take the Orlando Magic’s five-year contract offer worth $27.5 million.
On 1st June 2007, he had a preliminary press conference in Orlando after an emotional farewell press conference in Gainesville later that day. The next morning, he started having second thoughts concerning his decision and told Jeremy Foley and the Magic front office that he had changed his mind about exiting Florida. On June 6, 2007, he left the Magic after a mutual agreement to terminate his contract.
He was named the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 30, 2015. He signed a five-year contract worth almost $30 million, succeeding Scott Brooks who formerly coached the Thunder for seven seasons. On 8th September 2020, it was reported that Donovan wouldn’t be returning to the team as the two sides failed to agree on a new contract.
The Chicago Bulls hired him as their new head coach on September 22, 2020, and signed a four-year deal worth a reported $24 million. On December 29, 2020, he got his first win as Bulls coach defeating the Washington Wizards 115–107. In 2006, he received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from The United States Sports Academy. In 2010, he was the recipient of the John R. Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching Award”. He was acknowledged by his peers as the SEC Coach of the Year in 2011, 2013, and 2014.