Jack Donohue Selected For Induction Into FIBA Hall Of Fame
MIES, Switzerland – Former Holy Cross head men's basketball coach Jack Donohue has been selected for induction into the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Hall of Fame. Donohue is one of 12 members of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2013, which will be formally inducted on Wednesday, June 19, at the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland.
Donohue led the Crusaders to an overall mark of 106-66 from 1965-1972, with the team posting a winning record in six of his seven years. His best season at Holy Cross came in 1970-1971, when the Crusaders posted an overall record of 18-8. Donohue coached eight players who earned All-District honors, and four of his players were drafted by teams in either the National Basketball Association or the American Basketball Association. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Donohue went 250-46 as the head coach at St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School and Power Memorial Academy (where he coach Lew Alcindor) in New York City.
In 1972, Donohue was named coach of the Canadian National Team, a post he held through 1988. Four years after becoming coach, he took a team which had not qualified for the 1968 Olympics to a fourth-place ﬁnish in the 1976 Montreal Olympiad. Canada continued to improve under Donohue, placing ﬁfth in the 1981 World University Games, losing only to the Soviet Union. Canada was sixth at the 1982 World Championship and strengthened its spot as a world power the following year by winning the Gold Medal at the World University Games, defeating the United States and Yugoslavia in the medal round. Donohue guided the Canadians to a fourth-place ﬁnish in the 1984 Olympics and announced his retirement following the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He passed away on April 16, 2003.
The other individuals in this year's induction class are Jean-Jacques Conceiçao (Angola, player), Teresa Edwards (United States, player), Andrew Gaze (Australia, player), Paula Gonçalves (Brazil, player), Valentin Lazarov (Bulgaria, official), Costas Rigas (Greece, official), David Robinson (United States, player), Cesare Rubini (Italy, coach), Zoran Slavnic (Serbia, player), Pat Summit (United States, coach) and Aldo Vitale (Italy, contributor). Selection into the FIBA Hall of Fame is based on outstanding achievement on the international level and contributions to the development of basketball.