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Florida coach Billy Donovan to receive prestigious Wooden Award this week



Billydonovan Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan will be honored on Friday with the John R. Wooden “Legends of Coaching Award” at a presentation at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Donovan is one of only four active coaches to have guided teams to multiple NCAA titles; the other three, Mike Krzyzweski (4), 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.

He has compiled a career record of 331-139 (.704) in 14 seasons at Florida and has recorded 12 straight 20-win seasons with 10 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.

Donovan will be recognized, along with the men’s and women’s 2010 Wooden Award winners, and the Wooden Award All-American teams. 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.

Previous coaches honored are: Rick Barnes, Texas (2009). Pat Summitt, Tennessee (2008), Gene Keady, Purdue (2007),  Jim Boeheim, Syracuse (2006), Jim Calhoun, Connecticut (2005), Mike Montgomery, Stanford (2004), Roy Williams, Kansas (2003), Denny Crum, Louisville (2002), Lute Olson, Arizona
 (2001), Mike Krzyzewski, Duke (2000), Dean Smith, North Carolina (


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