Danielle Donehew, the associate commissioner of women’s basketball for the former Big East and now the American Athletic Conference since 2009, is leaving to become the executive director of the powerful Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Her departure is a huge loss for the AAC women’s basketball operation. Donehew presided over television, scheduling, branding and messaging, and management of the conference championship, which will be held again this season at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
She was also the primary liaison between the conference and member institutions in women’s basketball matters.
Before joining the conference, Donehew had been Executive Vice President of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, where she was involved with all areas of the franchise operations. She also invested seven years in various capacities at the University of Tennessee, most recently as Assistant Athletic Director for Women’s Basketball Operations.
Donehew earned her master’s degree in sports management from Tennessee. Donehew earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering at Georgia Tech, where she was a member of the Yellow Jacket basketball team. Donehew was named an ACC Legend in 2013.