Great Quotes from Anne Donovan

There are some real memorable highlights in my history that, in my mind, are such milestones. Winning a national championship in college and being on the Olympic platform getting a gold medal. Visiting the Hall of Fame and going into the Hall of Fame.

Anne Donovan

I think that the significance of the WNBA is that it has given women a different platform and a different level of respect as professionals, both as players and also in our coaching.

Anne Donovan

I’m the youngest of eight kids in my family. All tall, we all played basketball, so at my earliest memory, I was bouncing a ball in the backyard.

Anne Donovan

I think it’s imperative to keep your focus on why you’re in school. You’re in school to get an education.

Anne Donovan

I don’t know that I ever could’ve imagined just how blessed my life would be.

Anne Donovan

There are times I’d like to be incognito, be someplace where I might not stand out.

Anne Donovan

When my playing career stopped and Old Dominion asked me to be an assistant, I was reluctant about it because I didn’t aspire to be a coach, and I didn’t know if I had the qualities to be a coach.

Anne Donovan

I’ve been around the coaching circuit far too much.

Anne Donovan

Players need to come in and not take the opportunity for granted and really work hard at the game and make sure it’s a team game, it’s not a selfish thing. If players have those qualities – they work hard, they’re selfless, they put the team before them – I have no issues with them.

Anne Donovan

I’m not used to being on the bench.

Anne Donovan

I thank God every night for David Stern.

Anne Donovan

I am really excited to join the Connecticut Sun.

Anne Donovan

Usually, when you’re taking over a team, you’re restructuring, you’re tearing it down, you’re building it up again.

Anne Donovan

It’s in all of our interests to keep pushing athletes to see the big picture, and that’s sometimes very difficult.

Anne Donovan

It is very exciting to have the opportunity to return to the East Coast and join the Liberty family.

Anne Donovan

No coach wants to sit back and not have control of the team.

Anne Donovan

The draft not being exceptionally deep, you basically take the best player available.

Anne Donovan

I don’t think a lot of the younger players know the extent of my background.

Anne Donovan

A lot of players were going to Europe, but there were always stories of teams not being able to pay, and the players and girls were stuck with no money for airfare to come home. So I got a nice contract from Japan and decided to play there.

Anne Donovan

There’s a beautiful thing about experience. There’s a beautiful thing about veteran smarts, but there’s also a beautiful thing about youth and the potential that creates down the road.

Anne Donovan

You don’t just go and pick up a gold medal anymore.

Anne Donovan

If you play in this country, live in this country, and you grow up in the heartland – and you put on a Russian uniform – you are not a patriotic person.

Anne Donovan

Women play a finesse game: a real pattern game as opposed to flash and dash, power and strength.

Anne Donovan

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play for and work under the best, Pat Summitt.

Anne Donovan

I’ve been playing as early as I can recall. I don’t even remember the first time I picked up a basketball.

Anne Donovan

I guess I concentrated exclusively on basketball because of my height. If I was shorter, I don’t think I would play.

Anne Donovan

If I had to compete against someone almost two feet taller than me, I wouldn’t want to play.

Anne Donovan

The prospect of coaching two of the game’s most exciting and decorated players in Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson was incredibly appealing to me, and I look forward to beginning this new chapter in my career.

Anne Donovan

I don’t think I understood how deep the Big East was. That was probably something I wasn’t prepared for. It’s not easy to part rank and make the first step into the middle of the pack.

Anne Donovan

At the end of the game, coaches always talk about what could have been done differently with the game plan.

Anne Donovan

The contention is if you don’t do it in the first quarter, if you don’t box out and control the glass in the first quarter, you are not going to do it in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Anne Donovan

Your highs can’t be too high, and your lows can’t be too low, because you have to pick back up and move on.

Anne Donovan

I am so thrilled about the opportunity to coach the Storm for years to come.

Anne Donovan

When it does not click offensively, it is very easy to get down defensively.

Anne Donovan

I will miss the ladies and the passion of the Sun fans. I was proud to serve as their head coach.

Anne Donovan

I’d like to be a three-time Olympian.

Anne Donovan

When I was coming up through the programs with the Amateur Basketball Association, it was height: they looked for the tall players, and they looked to develop us. I was 15 when they first got me.

Anne Donovan

My parents thought I was crazy. When I graduated, you didn’t hear of basketball players going to Japan. Everyone went to Europe somewhere.

Anne Donovan

Yep, I jumped from college to the ABL, just in time for the league to go under.

Anne Donovan

I have been with some great organizations, crossed paths with special people, and made numerous lasting relationships.

Anne Donovan

Probably the biggest problem I had was I didn’t understand the importance of scheduling.

Anne Donovan

My time at Seton Hall has been extremely rewarding. I commend the staff for their tireless and successful efforts in recruiting and elevating the program.

Anne Donovan

My heart is with the WNBA. I’ve had success in the league, I’ve loved the league. I’m a true fan of the league.

Anne Donovan