Basketball has taken Donovan across the country and around the globe, and the Hall-of-Famer has found success at every stop along the way. The journey that began with a Naismith Award at Old Dominion and included 10 gold medals as a player and coach in international competition eventually led to her coaching the Seattle Storm to a WNBA Championship in 2004, Seattle’s first major professional sports title in 25 years.
Donovan joined the Storm on December 18, 2002 and quickly made her mark on the basketball landscape in Seattle. She set franchise records for wins in each of her first two seasons with the Storm en route to becoming the first female coach in league history to win a WNBA title. The following summer, Donovan became the first female coach to surpass the 100-WNBA-wins milestone.
On January 12, 2006, Donovan was named head coach of the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team for 2006-2008, a reflection of her remarkable contributions to the national program both as a player and as a coach. Donovan played on 12 U.S. National Teams, including the gold-medal-winning squads at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. She also served as an assistant coach with the gold-medal teams at the 2002 World Championships in China and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
A three-time All-American selection at Old Dominion, Donovan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, four years prior to her induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. Additionally, Donovan is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the ODU Sports Hall of Fame and the CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame.