Saturday, August 4, 2007

Donovan Passes Adubato

Despite Anne Donovan's desire not to make a big deal of it, rightfully citing that wins are much more important this time of year, this milestone shouldn't go under the radar.

From the Sonics & Storm PR Department:

August 4, 2007

SEATTLE - The Storm’s victory over Phoenix tonight was the 135th of Head Coach Anne Donovan’s WNBA coaching career, moving her past former Liberty and Mystics Head Coach Richie Adubato and into second place on the WNBA’S all-time wins list. Donovan has recorded the most career wins of any active coach in the WNBA and now trails only former Comets Head Coach Van Chancellor (211) for the most victories in league history.

Donovan began her WNBA coaching career with the Indiana Fever in 2000 and spent the following two seasons with the Charlotte Sting before joining the Storm on Dec. 18, 2002. Now in her eighth season in the league, Donovan remains the only woman to surpass the 100-win mark as a coach and the only woman to coach her team to a WNBA Championship, guiding the Storm to the title in 2004.

“Coach Donovan continues to demonstrate that she’s one of the best coaches in the history of the league,” Storm Chief Operating Officer Karen Bryant said. “We’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone victory with her and look forward to many more memorable wins in the future.”

A member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and a three-time Olympic gold medalist as a player, Donovan is also the head coach of the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team.

WNBA All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. Van Chancellor – 211
2. Anne Donovan – 135*
3. Richie Adubato – 134
4. Michael Cooper – 128*
5. Dan Hughes – 112*
6. Bill Laimbeer – 112*
7. Mike Thibault – 103*
8. John Whisenant – 76

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congrats Anne!! This is a huge accomplishment and so happy she is our coach. Way to go and continued success with lots more wins with our Storm!!