Former Storm Head Coach Anne Donovan, who led the team to the 2004 WNBA championship, is headed to the college ranks. Seton Hall University announced Monday that Donovan will be the third head coach in program history. While coaching the New York Liberty was something of a homecoming for Donovan, Seton Hall is even closer to where she grew up in Ridgewood, NJ.
Since resigning as the Storm’s head coach and director of player personnel at the end of the 2007 season, Donovan had hinted at interest in moving back to the college game, where she got her start at East Carolina University before moving to the pro ranks with the ABL and ultimately coming to the WNBA. She joined the Liberty as an assistant coach a year ago and was promoted to head coach on an interim basis when Pat Coyle was fired in July, then had the interim tag removed in December.
Donovan will finish out the 2010 season at the helm in New York before beginning her coaching duties for Seton Hall. That means the Liberty’s July 6 visit to KeyArena (on Kids Day) will be Donovan’s last trip back to where she once paced the sidelines for the foreseeable future.