She is an American retired basketball player who now coaches women’s basketball. She is currently the head coach of the Connecticut Sun.
In her playing career, Donovan won a national championship with Old Dominion University, won two Olympic gold medals, and went to three Final Fours overall. She was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
As a professional basketball coach, she guided the Seattle Storm to their first title in 2004, becoming the first female coach of a WNBA Championship team (as well as the youngest person to coach a WNBA champion, at age 42). She is the only person to have both played for a national women’s college title and coached a team to a professional title.
After coaching the Indiana Fever and the Charlotte Sting earlier in her career, Donovan joined the New York Liberty as an assistant coach in the spring of 2009, then took over as interim head coach of the Liberty on July 31, 2009. She accepted the women’s basketball head coaching position at Seton Hall University on March 29, 2010, although she completed the 2010 season with the Liberty. She resigned the coaching job at Seton Hall in Jan, 2013 and accepted a position with WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. Donovan was also the coach of the Olympic gold medal-winning 2008 United States Women’s Basketball team.