Women's Basketball: The Post Player's Handbook

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Wish Publishing, Sep 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 117 pages
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Post play can help win or lose ball games. Anne Donovan, one of the greats of post play and coach of the WNBA Charlotte Sting, enables coaches to maximize their players' skills with strong instruction and innovative drills. Nell Fortner, head coach of the Indiana Fever and former head coach of the Women's 2000 Olympic team contributed the foreword.

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About the author (2001)

Anne Donovan, quite simply, was the most dominating post player in the history of women's basketball. She was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and was a member of three U.S. Olympic teams. Following her successful playing career, Anne became a successful coach. We feel there is no one more qualified to instruct today's young aspiring post players or assist coaches developing those players. Anne helped lead Old Dominion University to a 37-1 record and the AIAW national title as a freshman in 1980, then went on to lead ODU to an AIAW third place finish in 1981 and to the NCAA Final Four in 1983. In her four-year college playing career, Old Dominion compiled a 116-20 record (.853). She was named the Naismith and Champion Player of the Year in 1983 as well as an All-American in 1981, 1982 and 1983. She finished her playing career at ODU as the Lady Monarch's all-time leading scorer (2,179 points), rebounder (1,976) and shot blocker (801), and still owns 25 ODU records. In fact, her career blocks mark of 801 at Old Dominion easily exceeds the NCAA career record of 428 held by Jenia Miller of Cal State Fullerton. (The NCAA began officially keeping blocked shots in 1988.) Anne was a member of the gold medal winning 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic basketball teams, as well as the 1980 Olympic team (that boycotted the Moscow Games), making her one of only four male or female U.S. players to have been named to three U.S. Olympic basketball squads. A member of a remarkable 12 USA Basketball teams and one of the most decorated players in USA Basketball history, she also played on the silver medal 1983 and gold medal 1986 World Championship teams, the 1983 and 1987 Pan American Games squads that earned golds, the silver medal winning 1981 World University Games team, as well as the gold medal 1978 and 1979 Olympic Festival East teams. All told, of a possible 11 medals, she captured nine golds and two silvers. After college, Anne spent five seasons playing professionally in Shizuoka, Japan (1984-88) and one season in Modena, Italy (1989), before returning to Old Dominion as an assistant coach for six years (1990-95). With Anne on the coaching staff, ODU earned four Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference titles (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995), five NCAA Tournament berths and compiled a record of 115-62 (.650). In 1995, Anne was named head coach at East Carolina University. In three seasons she helped turn around a program that posted only 10 wins in the previous two years before her arrival. In 1997 she led the Lady Pirates to the CAA tournament championship game for the first time since 1992. Anne was named an assistant coach for the 1997 USA Basketball Women's World Championship Qualifying Team that posted a 4-2 record, earned the silver medal in Brazil and qualified the U.S. for the 13th World Championship. During its 13-game pre-competition exhibition tour of Canada, Germany and Slovakia, she helped lead the U.S. squad to an impressive 12-1 record and a pair of tournament titles. Anne was named head coach of the professional Philadelphia Rage of the American Basketball League in May 1998. The league ceased operations in December 1998 after she guided the team to a 9-5 record. (The team was 13-31 the season before Anne's arrival.) In October 1999 Anne was named the head coach for the inaugural season of the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association. She is now the head coach of the WNBA Charlotte Sting.

Fortner is Head Coach of the U.S. Olympic Team and WNBA Indiana Fever.

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