Legendary former Dayton Flyers basketball coach Don Donoher honored with USBWA’s Dean Smith Award; school’s all-time winningest coach

Don Donoher was Dayton’s coach from 1964-1989 with a record of 437-275

• National College Basketball
Hall of Famer Don Donoher
was named the winner of the
2017 Dean Smith Award given
annually by the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association.
• He was the third individual
to receive the honor. Former
Georgetown coach John
Thompson was the first recipient,
followed by Michigan State coach
Tom Izzo.
• Temple coach Fran Dunphy.
was the winner in 2018, and
Davidson’s Bob McKillop in 2019.
• Donoher retired in 1989 after
25 years as Dayton’s head coach
with 437 career victories, the
most in UD history

  • Won the 1968 NIT title
  • Was 11-10 in NCAA Division 1 Tournament
  • Was 10-6 in the NIT Tournament
The award’s namesake, Dean Smith at a North Carolina game in 2007 By Miranda, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


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