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Billy Donovan

The 32-year old Donovan, who was officially hired as Florida's 17th head coach in school history on March 28th, 1996 brings a national reputation as one of the nation's top young coaches who preaches an up-tempo, full-court, pressing style of play built around a tremendous work ethic.

That work ethic translated into Florida breaking 20 records, including nine school marks and won more games than the year before in his first season at the helm. The Gators; ranked 10th nationally in three-pointers per game and went from worst to first in the league in three-point shooting percentage and led the league in an offensive category for the first time since 1988-89. Every player who scored during the season set or tied career highs in single-game scoring.

That same attitude gave Marshall University, home of Donovan's first-coaching job in March of 1993, a basketball facelift. Donovan inherited a program that went 9-18 the year before his arrival and turned a nine-man squad into believers. The result - an 18-9 record and a North Division Championship in the Southern Conference. Marshall averaged just 13 victories a season in the six years before Donovan arrived and finished the 1 993-94 season as one of the 10 most improved teams in the nation. Along the way, six school records fell as smooth as three-pointers swishing in the net in Donovan's fast-paced offense. The Thundering Herd set school records for three pointers in a game ( 17), three-point attempts in a game (35), three point attempts in a season (693) and three-pointers made in a season (253). Marshall led the Southern Conference in scoring (84-4), scoring margin (+6.8), free throw percentage (74.2), blocked shots (4. 1), steals (11.2), turnover margin (plus- 123) and attendance (6,574). Donovan was named the National Rookie Coach of-the-Year by Basketball Times and added Southern Conference Coach-of-the-Year and West Virginia College Coach-of-the

Year (by West Virginia Sportswriters Association) honors.

It was more of the same in Donovan's second season in 1994-95. Marshall went 17-11, set five school records and led the league in scoring (91.4), field goal percentage (.495) and three-pointers per game (10. 1) Nationally, the Thundering Herd offense ranked second, while their field goal percentage and three-pointers a game ranked seventh and second, respectively.

In two short years, his Marshall teams posted an overall mark of 35(.636) and captured a league championship. In 55 games at the helm of the Thundering Herd his teams averaged 88.8 points a game, shot.472 from the field,.382 from three-point range and.717 from the line. On the average, his squads attempted 25 three-point- a game and connected on 9.8 per game. Eleven times his squads scored more than 100 points a game and there was a 2,000-fan increase at the turnstiles in his two-year tenure.