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Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Anne Donovan dies at 56

Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who gained a countrywide championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a participant and every other as a trainer, died Wednesday of center failure. She was once 56.

Donovan’s circle of relatives showed the demise in a observation.

“While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,” the observation stated.

“Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach. Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone,” her circle of relatives’s observation persisted. “We are so proud of her accomplishments as a women’s’ basketball player and coach, but even more proud of her character, integrity, humility and kindness.”

Donovan was once at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee, closing weekend.

She was once inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, was once phase of the inaugural magnificence of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and was once inducted within the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.

The 6-foot-Eight middle coached each in faculty and the WNBA. She was the primary feminine trainer and the youngest individual (42) to win a name within the WNBA, guiding the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2004.

“Anne Donovan will always be remembered as a championship coach and a championship person,” the Storm stated in a observation. “Her dedication, passion and winning spirit set the tone for Storm Basketball. We are deeply saddened by her passing and share our heartfelt condolences with her family.”

Donovan was once a member of 3 Olympics groups as a participant. The 1980 staff didn’t move to Russia as a result of of a boycott. The staff gained the gold in 1984 and ’88, and she coached the profitable 2008 staff.

“USA Basketball mourns the passing of Anne Donovan. She played for her first USA Basketball team in 1977 and during her Hall of Fame, 31-year USA career, she was a member of five U.S. Olympic teams and four USA World Championship teams as an athlete and coach, culminating in leading the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team to gold as our head coach in Beijing,” USA Basketball stated in a observation. “She used to say she bled red, white and blue. As much as we remember her accomplishments in the game, we mourn a great friend who will be greatly missed.”

Donovan additionally coached the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, the Charlotte Sting, New York Liberty and Connecticut Sun, operating there from 2013-15. The New Jersey local additionally coached at Seton Hall for a couple of years.

After enjoying at Old Dominion, Donovan performed professionally in Japan and Italy.

After retiring, she was once an assistant at Old Dominion and then coached at East Carolina University from 1995-1998. She coached the Philadelphia Rage within the American Basketball League in 1997-98.

FILE – In this August 1984 document photograph, United States’ Anne Donovan, left, and Cheryl Miller celebrating the staff’s victory over Canada in girls’s basketball at the Olympics in Los Angeles. Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who gained a countrywide championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals within the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, of center failure. She was once 56. Donovan’s circle of relatives showed the demise in a observation. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)

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