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Billy Donovan to attend high school basketball coaches clinic at Hendrix

Posted: September 1, 2014 - 1:50pm
ATLANTA - APRIL 02:  Head coach Billy Donovan of the Florida Gators celebrates after his team defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes during the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game at the Georgia Dome on April 2, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Billy Donovan  Getty Images
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ATLANTA - APRIL 02: Head coach Billy Donovan of the Florida Gators celebrates after his team defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes during the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game at the Georgia Dome on April 2, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Billy Donovan

Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan, who has led teams to two NCAA championships, will be the featured speaker at the third Arkansas Basketball Coaches Clinic Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Hendrix College Wellness and Athletic Center.

The clinic staff also includes Missouri State womens coach Kelly Harper, UALR mens coach Steve Shields, and a panel of high school coaches.

Donovan played and coached for Hall of Dame coach Rick Pitino and is one of only four coaches to appear in the NCAA Final Four as a player and win the NCAA as a coach. He was the ESPN National Coach of the Year in 2001, Alonzo Stagg Coach Award in 2006, and received the Wooden Legends of Coaching Award in 2010. In addition to two national championships, he led the Gators to four Final Four, six regular-season SEC Championships, four SEC Tournament Championships, and has an overall record of 486-189.

Harper played on three national championship teams under legendary Coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee. She served as an assistant at Auburn and Chattanooga before becoming head coach at West Carolina, where she took the team to four postseason berths in five years and at North Carolina State, where she directed them to an NCAA Tournament and twp WNIT Tournaments She has an overall record of 181-146 with three NCAAs and four WNIT berths in 10 years.

Shields spent four years as head coach at McLennan County Community College, where he was named region and junior college coach of the year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. He served three years as an assistant at UALR before becoming the head coach in 2003. In 11 years has won 6 championships including the 2010-11 Sun Belt Tournament Championship and first NCAA appearance in 21 years. He is the winningest coach in UALR history with 179 wins and was the 2004 Sun Belt Coach of the Year.

A panel discussion with outstanding high school coaches from Arkansas will also be held.

Cost of the clinic is $15 for ArBCA members and $40 for non members. Coaches can sign up and pay online at www.arbca.net.

The morning session is from 9-noon and afternoon session from 1:15-4:30 p.m.

For more information call Cliff Garrison at 501-733-2022 or e-mail garrison@hendrix.edu

 

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