Donald J. Donoher

Donald J. (Don) Donoher  (1932- ) is the all-time winningest basketball coach at the University of Dayton, with 437 wins in his 25-year head coaching career.  A 1954 Dayton graduate, Flyer team captain and MVP, Donoher came to UD after an outstanding high school career in Toledo.  In 1964 at the age of 32, he became head coach at UD. Coach Donoher’s first three teams reached the NCAA tournament.  When the Flyers reached the 1967 national championship game, he became the first coach to guide his team to the NCAA finals after appearing in the tournament himself as a player.  Regarded as one of the great basketball minds of his generation, Donoher won a gold medal as an assistant coach of the U.S. men’s basketball team at the 1984 Olympics.  In 2015 he was inducted into the National Association of Basketball Coaches College Basketball Hall of Fame.  At the time of his induction, Donoher was just one of 12 coaches in the NABC Hall whose head coaching career was solely at his alma mater.  Wherever Coach Donoher traveled, he represented the University of Dayton and the city of Dayton with dignity and class.