Billy Donovan Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Christian Mba
Jan 31, 2024 By Christian Mba
Originally Published on Apr 20, 2022
Billy Donovan is a professional basketball coach in the United States
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About Billy Donovan

Billy Donovan (born William John Donovan Jr.) is a basketball head coach from the United States of America.
Billy Donovan was born and lived in the Long Island town of Rockville Centre. Donovan is currently the head coach of the Chicago Bulls after leading the Oklahoma City Thunder team.
Donovan's professional coaching career began when the Orlando Magic offered him the position as head coach. Donovan also trained at the University of Florida.
He is not just a renowned American professional basketball coach, but he has also played basketball during his college days. Donovan was the head coach for Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Donovan has been serving as the head coach of the Florida Gators since 1996. Donovan, affectionately known as 'Billy the Kid' by his fans, was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2011, 2013, and 2014, as well as receiving the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award.
From 1989 until 1993, Donovan also assisted Pitino's Kentucky Wildcats team, rising to the top subordinate coach position. Billy Donovan also served as the head coach at Marshall University. Donovan trained the Thundering Herd team to a massive record of 35–20. Donovan got recruited in 1996 to revitalize the basket program of the University of Florida. Donovan's Gators won 20 games in 16 consecutive seasons, including four Final Four appearances and NCAA championships.
Billy Donovan is Florida's all-time winningest coach, having guided teams to a larger number of NCAA tournament participation, winning NCAA tournament, and South Eastern Conference (SEC) championships. Such wins were greater than all the previous matches of the former coaches.
Donovan has a 19-year tenure period with the University of Florida. Donovan was mentioned as a possible candidate for NBA and NCAA lead coach positions. He took the golden opportunity to grab the new coach position of the NBA's Orlando Magic after guiding the University of Florida Gators to their second consecutive title game in June 2007. In April 2015, Billy Donovan accepted a coaching position with Oklahoma City Thunder of NBA after 19 years in Florida.
The Chicago Bulls hired Donovan as their next head coach on September 22, 2020, allegedly for a four-year contract worth $24 million.
Discover more interesting facts about Billy Donovan, his birthday, height, age, net worth, and many more in this article.

Billy Donovan Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Billy Donovan’s net worth?

The net worth of Billy Donovan is estimated to be $14 million. His major earnings come from his coaching career. He reportedly lives a luxurious lifestyle.

How much does Billy Donovan earn per year?

Billy Donovan earns around $4 million per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Billy Donovan?

Billy Donovan is 5 ft 10 in (180 cm) tall and weighs around 172 lb (78 kg). He has light gray hair and light blue eyes.

How old is Billy Donovan?

Being born on May 20, 1965, Billy Donovan is currently 56 years old.

Childhood And Education

William John Donovan Jr. was born on May 20, 1965, in Rockville Centre on Long Island, located in New York. His parents are Joan Donovan and Bill Donovan Sr. His father played in Boston College Eagles men's team history. Occasionally, he used to coach his son's basketball team.
Donovan has two sisters Karen Reilly and Susan Donovan. Donovan is an American citizen who practices Christianity and is caucasian.
Billy Donovan went to St. Agnes Cathedral High School, which is situated at Rockville Centre. At the school, he played the game under the guidance of Frank Morris. Donovan practices the game day and night. Donovan debuted as point guard for St. Agnes during his final semester and his team was the winner of the Long Island Catholic High School Tournament. He completed his post-secondary studies at Windfall School.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Billy Donovan's partner?

On August 5, 1989, Billy Donovan married Christine Donovan. She is the daughter of Patricia Ann Connor D'Auria and Anthony J. D'Auria. Billy and Christine Donovan were high school sweethearts.
Billy and Christine Donovan have four children; Connor Donovan, Bryan Donovan, Hasbrouck Anne Donovan, and William Donovan III, who attended Catholic University before transferring to Florida and joining his father's team as a reserve guard. Currently, William Connor Donovan III is following in his father's footsteps as he is an American professional basketball coach.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Right after graduating, Donovan played basketball for the Continental Basketball Association and the NBA's New York Knicks, led by his former college trainer Rick Pitino, for two consecutive years 1987–88 and 1988–89.
Mullaney stepped down at the end of the 1984–85 season and former New York Knicks subordinate coach Rick Pitino took over as Providence's new senior coach. The Utah Jazz selected Donovan in the 1987 NBA Tournament Draft. Donovan was released by the Utah Jazz before the start of the usual game season. He collaborated with the Continental Basketball Association's (CBA) Wyoming Wildcatters with the hopes of getting another shot at the NBA tournament.
Pitino left the Providence team after the team participated in the Final Four. He aspired to lead the New York Knicks as their head coach. They hired Donovan for a contract of 1 year bringing him back into contact with his college trainer.
In March 1988, the Knicks decided to postpone him. He was not on the NBA tournament list in the 1988-1989 preseason as a result. He came back to the Continental Basketball Association, where he averaged 10.1 focuses on every game with the team Rapid City Thrillers. In January 1989, he left CBA and went to work for a Wall Street Investment Bank.
Donovan contacted Pitino to express his ability to teach basketball. Pitino was contemplating quitting the Knicks to take over as head trainer at Kentucky. Later, Donovan was hired as an assistant coach by Pitino to teach him how to train others.
Pitino was faced with resurrecting a Kentucky basketball team that had been decimated by NCAA sanctions imposed as a result of previous rule infractions. Donovan's career was quite successful as the Wildcats regained national prominence. In 1990, he was selected as an assistant coach and in 1992, he was recruited as a head coach associate. Donovan was Pitino's subordinate during Kentucky's Final Four in 1993 and assisted in the recruitment of members of the national championship team of 1996.
Lon Kruger, the basketball coach of the University of Florida, left in 1996 to assume the same job at the University of Illinois. Billy Donovan, 30, was chosen following a long search by University of Florida athletic director name Jeremy Foley, who was looking for a young, and enthusiastic coach like Billy to lead the team to long-term success. Foley offered him a contract of six years.
Donovan's first decade in Gainesville saw the basketball program of the University of Florida reach unprecedented heights. Every nine seasons, the University of Florida Gators were invited to the NCAA Tournament. Gators won three national championship games and are proud owners of two NCAA championships.
The University of Florida Gators were the winners of the SEC standard season championship in 2000-01. In 2003, the Gators achieved an unprecedented top rank in the poll of ESPN/USA Today. This moment marked their comeback to the top spot on December 8, 2003.
On January 19, 2013, Donovan won his 400th career game at the University of Florida, defeating the Missouri Tigers with a 83–52 win. Billy Donovan became the second youngest in NCAA Division 1 history to earn 500 career wins, accomplishing his feet in the Florida Gaters' 66-49 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers on February 28, 2015.
Billy Donovan began his professional coaching career when he was recruited as the lead trainer by Orlando Magic. He agreed to the Magic's five-year contract offer, which was allegedly worth $27.5 million.
On April 30, 2015, Billy Donovan was appointed as the head coach of Oklahoma City Thunder, presumably after agreeing to a five-year agreement to replace Scott Brooks, who had earlier managed Oklahoma City Thunder for seven seasons and was paid almost $30 million. When Donovan's contract expired at the end of the season, he and the team mutually agreed to part ways.
Billy Donovan was elected NBA Coach of the Year following the 2019–20 season, but after a meeting with Thunder's executive office about what should be the future direction of the organization would be, he agreed to leave and accept an offer to coach the Chicago Bulls in September 2020.

Charity Work

After Donovan's fifth child, Jacqueline, was stillborn in 2000, he became inspired to volunteer for many children's charities and raise money for Gainesville Children's Hospital.
In October 2008, Coach Donovan and then-Head Football Coach of the Florida Gators, Urban Meyer, were named co-chairmen of a $50 million fundraising campaign for the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program. In 2006, the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program was established by University of Florida President Bernie Machen to improve opportunities for academically capable first-generation students with special needs and socioeconomic issues.
Donovan was influential in gathering funds and advocating for the establishment of a Catholic high school in Gainesville, which lacked one when he arrived at the University of Florida in 1996. Donovan's children attended St. Francis High School, which debuted in 2004 and extended in 2008 with Donovan's support.

What awards has Billy Donovan won?

The United States Sports Academy awarded Donovan the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award in 2006. In 2010, Donovan received the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award. In 2011, 2013, and 2014, Billy Donovan was honored with the most prestigious SEC Coach of the Year.

Billy Donovan’s Hobbies And Interests

In his free time, Billy Donovan likes working out and spending time with his family.

Other Interesting Billy Donovan Facts And Trivia

The Chicago Bulls head coach, Billy Donovan, lives in his $3.5 million luxurious house. This six-bedroom huge mansion, spread over 5,200 sq ft (483 sq m), is located in Lincoln Park, a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois.
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Billy Donovan Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

William John Donovan Jr.

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Rockville Center, New York



180 cm

Eye Color

Light Gray

Child Star?



American Basketball Coach


Saint Agnes (Rockville Centre, New York)

Net Worth



Christine Hasbrouck


Bill Donovan Sr., Joan Donovan


Karen Reilly and Susan Donovan

Annual Earnings

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