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COACH BILLY DONOVAN

Compiled by JOANNE KORTH

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 3, 2000


AGE: 34

RECORD: 78-48, fourth season; 113-68 overall

NCAA RECORD: 7-1, two appearances

COMMENT: Donovan has overhauled the program with his dogged recruiting efforts and up-tempo system. He also has proven to be a solid bench coach and motivator in preparing his young team for the physical and emotional challenges of the NCAA Tournament. He is the common thread that ties together a diverse collection of athletes. The players' unfailing belief in Donovan and his system has allowed the Gators to overcome their lack of NCAA experience.

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