Sun Hopes Donovan Finds More Success In WNBA

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When Connecticut Sun management fired Mike Thibault in November, the only coach its organization had ever had, it put a disappointing exclamation point on its 10th season in the WNBA.

It also created a predicament for the franchise.  The Sun needed to prove to its dismissal of Thibault, just one win away from the 2012 WNBA Finals, should be interpreted as justifiable.

And the only way the Sun was going to do that was to find a replacement with enough experience and credibility to calm its young team and veteran fan base.

On Thursday, the Sun introduced its selection, former Olympic and four-time WNBA coach Anne Donovan.

“Anne was a great coach,” said Sun guard Kalana Greene, who played for Donovan as a rookie in New York in 2010. “And she has a tremendous resume.”

Donovan, 51, who won a WNBA title in Seattle in 2006 and Olympic gold in 2008 a coach in 2008, comes to the Sun from Seton Hall, where she hasn’t won much of anything for the last 2 ½ seasons.

Donovan was the coach of the New York Liberty in 2010 when she accepted an offer to replace Phyllis Mangina as Seton Hall’s coach. Seton Hall allowed Donovan to complete the season with the Liberty before coming to campus just two months before the start of practice.

A native of New Jersey, and one of the greatest players in the history of women’s college basketball at Old Dominion, the Lady Pirates hoped Donovan’s national reputation would help bring a better quality of player to the program.

Not only didn’t that happen, Seton Hall won only two of the 32 conference games Donovan coached prior to this season. It’s only win last season came against Pittsburgh, who finished the season 0-16 in the Big East

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4 thoughts on “Sun Hopes Donovan Finds More Success In WNBA

  1. Marion Berry

    Seaton Hall didn’t have enough time with Anne to know if she could have fixed their woes. But with them leaving the Big East–it probably doesn’t matter to them.

    Best of luck to Anne and the Sun’s. Connecticut is going to miss Mike T.

    1. Misty

      No, we’re not going to miss Mike T.

      Mike T always had good talent to work with. The only problem was Mike T. He had no clue and nothing to offer his players at crunch times. No change of tactics. Lots of bullspit and bluster at the officials. He definately had outlived his shelf life.

      Good riddance, I say.

  2. patty sandle

    SHU should have kept Phyllis Mangina there!It’s incredible that she won any games there! Not even can Anne Donovan win! No support there!! Good luck Anne…good move.

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