Before arriving in Gainesville, Donovan's first experience as a head coach came in 1994 at Marshall University. He began coaching in the NBA in 2015 with the Oklahoma City Thunder where he stayed through this past season. Donovan left professional basketball in 1989, and briefly worked as a Wall Street stock broker before following Pitino to his new job at the University of Kentucky. In conference play, Florida had captured only one regular season SEC championship and had never won the conference tournament before Donovan's arrival.  A fifth child, Jacqueline, was delivered stillborn in 2000, prompting Donovan to become involved in several children's charities and to help raise funds for a children's hospital in Gainesville. , Donovan had not received another NBA offer by the end of 1988 and came to the conclusion that he did not have a long-term future as a professional basketball player. I'm excited to partner with Arturas as we work together on behalf of this historic franchise," said Billy Donovan. 2 in the nation in the AP Poll. Oklahoma City won 115-104. For his efforts, he earned Southeast Regional Most Outstanding Player honors, and also was named to the 1987 All-Big East first team, the 1987 Big East All-Tournament team and was an honorable mention All-American. , National champion Seventeen consecutive postseason appearances.  However, after an 18–3 start, the team struggled during the final third of the season, winning just three of its last eleven games and snapping the Gators' nine-year streak of NCAA Tournament invitations. From 1996 until 2007, the Gators won three SEC regular season titles and three SEC tournament titles.  Florida then won the 2014 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament to run their overall record against SEC opponents to 21–0. The Gators won the 2013 SEC regular season championship (Donovan's fifth regular season conference championship), finished as runner-up in the 2013 SEC Tournament (losing to Ole Miss in the championship game), and advanced to a third consecutive Elite Eight (defeating Northwestern State in the second round, Minnesota in the third round, and Florida Gulf Coast in the Sweet Sixteen, before losing to Michigan in the regional final). On September 8th, just two weeks ago, it was announced that Donovan had parted ways with the Oklahoma City Thunder after five years. Before the game, Pitino advised his young protege to "try to whip Kentucky's ass, because we'll try to do the same to you. Donovan was named the National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for the 2019-2020 season. Saint Agnes in Rockville Centre, New York, As Player: 44 G, 2.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 2.0 APG (Full Record), April 30, 2015: Hired as Head Coach by the Oklahoma City Thunder, September 22, 2020: Hired as Head Coach by the Chicago Bulls, Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 4:30AM.