Anne Donovan, who received Olympic gold in girls’s basketball as a participant and a trainer, died Wednesday of middle failure at 56.

“Whilst this can be very tricky to specific how devastating it’s to lose Anne, our circle of relatives stays so very thankful to had been blessed with one of these glorious human being,” Donovan’s circle of relatives stated in a commentary. “Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, good friend and trainer.”

A towering presence at the courtroom at 6-Eight, Donovan led Previous Dominion to an AIAW nationwide championship in 1980, teaming with Nancy Lieberman. She used to be additionally a member of the U.S. Olympic groups that received gold in 1984 and 1988.

After school, she performed 5 seasons professionally in Japan and one in Italy.

She used to be inducted into the Basketball Corridor of Status in 1995.

The youngest of 8 youngsters, Donovan did not plan to pursue a profession within the recreation after enjoying. 

“I by no means suspected I would get into training,” she instructed USA TODAY Sports activities in 2008. “Once I did, I beloved it. However the core of who I’m, after I go away the courtroom and pass house, is a beautiful solitary existence.”

Donovan began as an assistant trainer at her alma mater, Previous Dominion, for 6 seasons. Then she spent 3 as trainer at East Carolina.

An introvert, Donovan stated she discovered her area at the sidelines.

“That basketball circle of relatives is the rationale I were given into basketball,” Donovan stated. “So after I left my circle of relatives I went into a distinct circle of relatives the place I might be myself, enlarge slightly bit and get relaxed in my very own pores and skin. And I feel that is what has been so addicting for me. The basketball industry for me, it is my very own circle of relatives, my very own method, and it is very relaxed. It is not a stretch in any respect.”

She coached the Seattle Hurricane to a WNBA identify in 2004 and the U.S. Olympic staff to gold in 2008.

“If she’s an introvert, she’s accomplished a very good activity popping out of her shell,” Olympic level guard Sue Fowl, who additionally performed 5 seasons for Donovan with the Seattle Hurricane, instructed USA TODAY Sports activities in 2008. “Anne is an actual gamers’ trainer. She’s in track. She is aware of once we want a break day or once we wish to pass arduous.”

Donovan used to be the primary feminine trainer to win a WNBA identify, and at 42, additionally the youngest.

She additionally hung out with the Philadelphia Rage, Indiana Fever, Charlotte Sting, Hurricane, N.Y. Liberty and Connecticut Solar all over her time within the WNBA.

Donovan left the league for a three-year stint with Seton Corridor ahead of returning, this time with the Solar. She coached there for 2 seasons and retired in 2015.

Contributing: Erik Brady

Observe Gardner on Twitter @SteveAGardner


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