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Donovan and Hewitt to Coach U19 USA Basketball Team

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Billy Donovan and Paul Hewitt will serve as coaches for the U19 USA basketball team that will compete in the 2011 FIBA World Championships in Latvia. Championship Productions would like to congratulate coach Donovan and coach Hewitt on this outstanding opportunity. They will have the privilege of working closely with 21 of the best players from around the country that are competing for 12  roster spots. The 2011 FIBA World Championships will take place from June 30 to July 10. Championship Productions would like to wish coach Donovan, coach Hewitt and the U19 USA basketball team the best of luck in the 2011 FIBA World Championships. We are proud to have teamed up with these outstanding coaches on multiple instructional DVDs. To check out these outstanding videos click on the following links:

Billy Donovan Instructional DVDs

Paul Hewitt Instructional DVDs



Learn From the 2011 Men’s NCAA Elite Eight Coaches!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Saturday, March 26, 2011

Championship Productions would like to congratulate all the teams who made it to the Elite Eight for the 2011 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament! Championship Productions is proud to say it has partnered with many of the 2011 Men’s NCAA Elite Eight Coaches on various basketball DVD projects.  Learn the systems, tips, techniques, and drills that these outstanding coaches implemented within their programs…taking them to the top!

1 seed- Kansas Jayhawks (Bill Self)
2 seed- North Carolina Tar Heels (Roy Williams)
2 seed- Florida Gators (Billy Donovan)
3 seed- Connecticut Huskies (Jim Calhoun)
4 seed- Kentucky Wildcats (John Calipari)
5 seed- Arizona Wildcats (Sean Miller)
8 seed- Butler Bulldogs (Brad Stevens)

2010 “Legends of Coaching Award” Goes to Billy Donovan

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES (October 14, 2009) – University of Florida Head Basketball Coach Billy Donovan will be honored with the John R. Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching Award” in 2010, Wooden Award Chairman Duke Llewellyn announced today.

Coach Donovan will be recognized, along with the men’s and women’s 2010 Wooden Award winners and the Wooden Award All-American teams, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in April of 2010. The “Legends of Coaching Award” was adopted by the Wooden Award Committee in 1999.  The first recipient was Dean Smith of North Carolina. The award recognizes the achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden’s high standards of coaching success and personal integrity. The honorees are selected based on character, success on the court, graduation rates of student-athletes in their basketball program, coaching philosophy, and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award.

Coach Donovan has compiled a career record of 310-126 (.732) in 13 seasons at Florida and has recorded 11 straight 20-win seasons with nine NCAA Tournament appearances. He led the 2006 and 2007 Gators to back-to-back NCAA titles, the first school in 15 years to do so. In 2006 the Gators won a then-school-record 33 games, including the final 11 of the season, winning the SEC and NCAA Tournament titles. The 2007 Gators immediately bested that mark, winning a school-record 35 games and another NCAA Championship.

Donovan is one of only four active coaches to have guided teams to multiple NCAA titles; the other three, Mike Krzyzweski (3), Roy Williams (2) and Jim Calhoun (2), are previous Legends of Coaching honorees. Donovan and Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp are the only SEC coaches to have won multiple titles.

In a 15-year head coaching career that includes two seasons at Marshall, Donovan’s overall career record stands at 345-146 (.703). Donovan played four seasons at Providence College (1983-87), where he was a two-time All-Big East selection, and spent one year with the New York Knicks (1987-88) before beginning his coaching career. He was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 1999. The 44-year-old Donovan is the youngest recipient of the Wooden Award “Legends of Coaching” honor.


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