Could he come back to college? Billy Donovan not returning to Oklahoma City
Billy Donovan is back on the basketball market!
Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to not pursue an extension to return as the head coach next season, as his contract expired at season’s end, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Donovan has been the Thunder’s head coach since 2015. He’s compiled a 243-157 overall record as the head coach. He led the Thunder to the post-season 5 years in a row, but Oklahoma City has lost in the first round for the last 4 years. In Donovan’s first year, he led the Thunder to the conference finals in 2015-16.
Prior to coaching in the NBA, Donovan led a dominant program at the University of Florida. He famously led the Gators to back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. Under Donovan’s leadership, Florida won the SEC Tournament 4 times and won the regular season 6 times.
Donovan compiled a 467-186 overall record as the head coach of the Gators from 1996-2015.
It’ll be interesting to see where Donovan winds up. He could elect to stay in the NBA, or he could look to return to college.