Donovan wins FIBA award

Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:29 p.m.

Florida coach Billy Donovan was named a co-recipient of the 2013 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year after leading the USA men to a 9-0 record and a gold medal at last summer's 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships.

Donovan is being honored along with Katie Meier of the University of Miami, who led the USA U19 women to the same outcome.

"This was such a special event, and I'm very thankful to USA Basketball for the opportunity to coach this team and appreciative of this honor," Donovan said. "I thought the people in the Czech Republic did a great job hosting the World Championship. Prague was a great city... I thought the USA did a really great job of fielding a good team and providing a lot of options to put together a great team."

The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketball's annual awards.

"Billy and Katie provided tremendous leadership for our U19 teams, and the results they achieved in a competition that is so challenging were impressive," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. "Not only did the U.S. teams win, but they played with passion and demonstrated great sportsmanship, and that is a credit to these two respected coaches."

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