Anne Donovan, A Basketball Legend As A Player And Coach, Dies At 56
Anne Donovan, a Basketball Hall Of Famer who won championships at the highest levels of her sport, has died at age 56.
The former Old Dominion University star and WNBA coach died of heart failure on Wednesday, her family said.
“While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,” the family said in a statement published by the Associated Press.
“Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach. Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone.”
Donovan was a native of New Jersey and a former college basketball player at Old Dominion.
At both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, Donovan was key in two United States of America gold medals. Following a five-year professional stint, Donovan retired in 1989. She then became a coach and navigated the Seattle Storm to a WNBA Championship in 2004.