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PostPosted: 06/13/18 6:53 pm    ::: Anne Donovan Reply Reply with quote

According to several sources, Anne Donovan passed away today at 56 from heart failure.

https://twitter.com/MechelleV/status/1007044385941401600

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A truly tragic day in women's basketball: legendary player and coach Anne Donovan has passed away at age 56 from heart failure. Devastating news. A wonderful person and so important in women's sports.



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 6:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I just saw this. Very sad, so so young. May she Rest In Peace.



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Oh WOW , wow no no this is sad news . rest in peace Anne Donovan awe man this sucks. one of the greatest coaches in W history .



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Wow, very sad... One of my favorite coaches of all time. Sad





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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Donovan is the 1st former WNBA head coach to pass away



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Donovan is the 1st former WNBA head coach to pass away


Seriously, dude? We get it, you're Mr. WNBA. Totally insensitive and uncalled for.

RIP Anne, how very sad!


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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:19 pm    ::: Re: Anne Donovan Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
According to several sources, Anne Donovan passed away today at 56 from heart failure.

https://twitter.com/MechelleV/status/1007044385941401600

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A truly tragic day in women's basketball: legendary player and coach Anne Donovan has passed away at age 56 from heart failure. Devastating news. A wonderful person and so important in women's sports.


I didn't notice this tread before and was absolutely shocked to see the statement during the half time broadcast. It's so, so sad...


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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

May her memory be a blessing for her family.


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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sad news indeed. She was too young. My thoughts go out to her family, friends, and loved ones.


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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ucbart wrote:
pilight wrote:
Donovan is the 1st former WNBA head coach to pass away


Seriously, dude? We get it, you're Mr. WNBA. Totally insensitive and uncalled for.

RIP Anne, how very sad!


yeah, sorry Pilight, but this was one stat we didn't need to know.



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ucbart wrote:
pilight wrote:
Donovan is the 1st former WNBA head coach to pass away


Seriously, dude? We get it, you're Mr. WNBA. Totally insensitive and uncalled for.

RIP Anne, how very sad!

Chill. It's just a simple, relevant fact. So is the fact that Donovan was the first female head coach to win a WNBA championship.
Very sad news, especially considering she was still relatively young.



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

http://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/23785373/anne-donovan-hall-famer-first-woman-coach-wnba-championship-team-dies-56

There is also a clip of Lisa Leslie talking about Anne.



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sleep peacefully. Condolences to her family and friends.

Being the first female championship WNBA head coach will always be a part of her legacy.



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Genero36 wrote:
Sleep peacefully. Condolences to her family and friends.

Being the first female championship WNBA head coach will always be a part of her legacy.

She was a significant part of Lauren Jackson becoming one of the best of all time as well.



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 7:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
ucbart wrote:
pilight wrote:
Donovan is the 1st former WNBA head coach to pass away


Seriously, dude? We get it, you're Mr. WNBA. Totally insensitive and uncalled for.

RIP Anne, how very sad!


yeah, sorry Pilight, but this was one stat we didn't need to know.


You say that, but I guarantee someone would have asked the question and everyone would have been looking for me to answer.

I'm sorry it came across badly.



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 8:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
She was a significant part of Lauren Jackson becoming one of the best of all time as well.


Yeah. Sure she (along with Bird) are not feeling up right now.




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PostPosted: 06/13/18 8:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

RIP


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PostPosted: 06/13/18 8:56 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So shocking and sad.

Crying or Very sad



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 9:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I got an email from the Storm. I can't believe she's gone.

I remember the championship celebration, and she was asked about being the first female coach to win. Her response was something like, she was happy to win and "that I am a woman is just a cherry on top".

Rest in peace, Anne. Thank you for what you did for Seattle, for the Storm and its players, and for women's basketball.


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PostPosted: 06/13/18 9:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Rest in Peace, Big Sexy. Too young.


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PostPosted: 06/13/18 9:46 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
toad455 wrote:
ucbart wrote:
pilight wrote:
Donovan is the 1st former WNBA head coach to pass away


Seriously, dude? We get it, you're Mr. WNBA. Totally insensitive and uncalled for.

RIP Anne, how very sad!


yeah, sorry Pilight, but this was one stat we didn't need to know.


You say that, but I guarantee someone would have asked the question and everyone would have been looking for me to answer.

I'm sorry it came across badly.

There was nothing wrong with your post. In fact as I was reading this heartbreaking news about Anne, I was wondering if she was the first head coach the W has lost, so your information was well appreciated.



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 9:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
I'm sorry it came across badly.


Nothing bad or inappropriate about it, buddy. I found it interesting.

I know she drew criticism at times in her coaching, but my view of her was that she embodied the quintessential selflessness and dedication that is increasingly rare amongst the players of 'our game'. I never had the impression she was a diva or tried to create a 'brand'....just went out and got the job done, as a player. She definitely earned her HOF status.

The first (and only) time I saw her up close was in an elevator, at the Pan Am games in '88. She was in there, with McClain and Edwards, and I remember thinking i'd never seen such a large woman. But gracious and just nice!

May she be long remembered!



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 10:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Just read on Yahoo. May she Rest in eternal Peace.



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PostPosted: 06/13/18 10:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Horrible. Gone way too soon. RIP


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Luuuc wrote:
ucbart wrote:
pilight wrote:
Donovan is the 1st former WNBA head coach to pass away


Seriously, dude? We get it, you're Mr. WNBA. Totally insensitive and uncalled for.

RIP Anne, how very sad!

Chill. It's just a simple, relevant fact. So is the fact that Donovan was the first female head coach to win a WNBA championship.
Very sad news, especially considering she was still relatively young.

I'm sure pilight wasn't trying to make this situation worse for anyone. Anne has continued to trailblaze. RIP, Anne. You were far too young to go.


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PostPosted: 06/14/18 2:25 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Rest in peace Anne. Very sad to hear this news. Like Luuc said she helped LJ to become the best and helped the Storm win a championship.

She and Margot died way too young. Im a bit scared for other tall women and future heartproblems now because this cant be a coincidence Confused Sad



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Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad


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PostPosted: 06/14/18 2:53 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Anne was also a great player. It is a shame that she left us so soon


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PostPosted: 06/14/18 6:03 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Wow, this was a shocking piece of news to read as I clicked on this thread.

My condolences to her family and friends.
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PostPosted: 06/14/18 9:19 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Very, very sad ... she had a brilliant career and was a central figure in the sport for decades. RIP ...

(And no criticism here for pilight ...)



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PostPosted: 06/14/18 9:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Watching Anne Donovan from TV I saw a very, very good coach and very much respected from the people she coached. She left us way too soon. RIP Anne.


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PostPosted: 06/14/18 9:51 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Voepel's tribute: http://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/23786400/anne-donovan-played-essential-role-growth-women-basketball



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RIP Anne, we lost you too soon!



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<embed><iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RGryby0V3c8" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></embed>

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This is just tragic and such sad sad news to hear. Hits very hard. For some of us, you know, those were the days. It's been a long time, and I'm going by a vague memory, but wasn't there something about AD and the stresses and pressures of coaching a long time ago? Anyone remember that?



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it's hard to believe someone looks so healthy, then all of the sudden just goes like that. ?



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PostPosted: 06/14/18 2:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

R.I.P., Anne! Sad

That said, I am wondering what she did for a living after her last coaching gig. She stepped down from the Connecticut Sun after the 2015 season.



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PostPosted: 06/14/18 2:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

From NPR...

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/14/619881850/anne-donovan-a-basketball-legend-as-a-player-and-coach-dies-at-56



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PostPosted: 06/14/18 3:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

scrappy wrote:
it's hard to believe someone looks so healthy, then all of the sudden just goes like that. ?


My Dad was 56 when he passed due to heart failure. So Anne's passing has special meaning for me. My Dad was and looked very ill at the time. But looks are and have always been deceiving, and heart failure can take you good health or bad. The best thing to do is keep praying for another day forward to spend with the people you care for and love.



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PostPosted: 06/14/18 3:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

so sad. my friend & I have a picture in which Anne had to bend over half way to be in the picture with us. she was always approachable & friendly, no matter how tired she may have felt. i'll never forget the 2004 Storm season. it was unbelievable & Anne was the leader of the pack. that was the best of times, this is the worst. Sad



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I count 17 current players who played for Donovan in the WNBA

Alex Bentley
Sue Bird
Kelsey Bone
Essence Carson
Tina Charles
Chelsea Gray
Camille Little
Leilani Mitchell
Renee Montgomery
Chiney Ogwumike
Cappie Pondexter
Shekinna Stricklen
Alyssa Thomas
Jasmine Thomas
Kia Vaughn
Elizabeth Williams
Tanisha Wright



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Not sure what Hatchell is talking about. Semjonova didn't play in the 1988 games



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Lauren Jackson pays tribute to 'beautiful friend' Anne Donovan

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"She started coaching me in 2003 and we just became friends straight away," Jackson said.

"On court she did a lot of extra work with me on my inside game, and off the court she became one of my closest friends.

"I don’t really know what else to say, she definitely touched me as a friend and a mentor, and was a great coach as well. She brought the best out in me and took my basketball game to another level, there is no doubt about it.

"I would never have won the MVP that year if it wasn’t for her and all the work she put in with me, which was fairly unusual for a head coach to do over in a professional league.

"Normally the assistant coaches take up that role, but she saw something in me and she worked tirelessly."

"I had a pretty big chunk of my career with her as a coach and my development as a player and a person as well. I went from being a kid under her to being a young woman. I’m just shattered now.

"We’d talked a lot recently about her coming out here and meeting Harry. I don’t really know what to say, I’m just sad."


https://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/basketball/lauren-jackson-pays-tribute-to-beautiful-friend-anne-donovan-20180614-p4zli8.html




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Saw the news about Anne...and thought of you guys over here at Rebkell's...so peeking in to give my heartfelt prayers for all those who loved Anne. It seemed so sudden...


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PostPosted: 06/16/18 12:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

http://www.wnba.com/video/remembering-anne-donovan/



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PostPosted: 06/20/18 11:34 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Obituary for Anne Theresa Donovan from Andrews Mortuary in Wilmington, NC http://j.mp/2MIfUMV "A public celebration of Anne's life will take place at Paramus Catholic High School, Paramus, NJ on Saturday June 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM, followed by a reception in the gym."

No mention in the articles about Anne Donovan's influence on women's basketball as to her personal life. Perhaps she didn't have one.


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