Donovan was looking for a challenge


Published: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 12:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 12:33 p.m.

ORLANDO -- Citing the need for a new challenge, Florida coach Billy Donovan was officially introduced at Orlando Magic head coach Friday.

Donovan also announced that he's bringing Florida assistant Larry Shyatt with him to join his staff.

Donovan, 42, said he was first contacted by Magic General Manager Otis Smith over the weekend and weighed the difficult decision between staying at Florida or jumping to the NBA.

"It was difficult because I spent 11 great years at Florida," Donovan said. "The easy decision for me would have been to stay at Florida, or I could take the next step and challenge myself as a person and a coach. I've always been intrigued by the NBA because it's 24 hours of basketball. It was a tough decision, but I'm excited about the opportunity."

Donovan accepted a five-year, $27.5 million offer to coach the Magic.

"We started this process looking for a winner, looking for someone who will bring excitement and energy to our young team," Smith said. "We feel like Billy will bring those things to the Magic."

Donovan has won consecutive national titles and reached three Final Fours in 11 seasons at Florida.

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