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Billy Donovan

Head Coach of the Chicago Bulls; Former Head Coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder & University of Florida Gators

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Billy Donovan Biography

William John Donovan Jr. is a professional basketball coach named the Head Coach of the Chicago Bulls in 2020. He was was formerly the head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously spent 19 seasons at the University of Florida, where his Florida Gators teams won back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. Donovan has more wins than any other coach in the history of the Florida basketball program, and he coached the Gators to more NCAA tournament appearances, NCAA tournament wins, and Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships than all other Florida coaches combined.

Donovan was born and raised in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York. As the starting point guard for Rick Pitino's Providence team, Donovan led the Friars to the 1987 Final Four. As such, he is one of only four men (Dean Smith, Joe B. Hall and Bobby Knight being the others) to appear in the NCAA Final Four as a player and win the NCAA national championship as a coach.

Before his tenure at Florida, Donovan spent most of the 1987–88 season as a reserve guard for the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks, who at the time were coached by his college coach, Rick Pitino. After leaving the NBA and briefly working as a Wall Street stock broker, Donovan followed Pitino to the University of Kentucky, where he served as an assistant coach for the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball from 1989 to 1993. He accepted his first head coaching position at Marshall University in 1994 and led the Thundering Herd to a 35-20 record over two seasons.

Donovan was hired to revive Florida's basketball program in 1996. After two losing seasons while he rebuilt the roster through relentless recruiting, Donovan's Gators began a streak of sixteen straight 20-win seasons, a period which included multiple conference championships, four Final Four appearances, two NCAA championships, and three SEC coach of the year awards.

During Donovan's tenure at Florida, he was often rumored to be a candidate for various NCAA and NBA head coaching positions. In June 2007, after leading the Gators to their second consecutive national title, he accepted an offer to become the head coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic. However, he immediately had second thoughts, and after a week, he persuaded the Magic to release him from his newly signed contract and allow him to return to Florida, where he remained for eight more seasons.

In April 2015, Donovan agreed to become the head coach of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

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  • What are the speaker fees for Billy Donovan

    Speaking fees for Billy Donovan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Billy Donovan are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Billy Donovan, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Billy Donovan speak about?

    Billy Donovan is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Basketball, Coaching, Featured Speakers, Featured Sports Speakers, Leadership Speakers, Motivation, Personal Growth, Sports.
  • Where does Billy Donovan travel from?

    Billy Donovan generally travels from Oklahoma, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Billy Donovan’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Billy Donovan for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Billy Donovan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Billy Donovan or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Billy Donovan Biography

William John Donovan Jr. is a professional basketball coach named the Head Coach of the Chicago Bulls in 2020. He was was formerly the head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously spent 19 seasons at the University of Florida, where his Florida Gators teams won back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. Donovan has more wins than any other coach in the history of the Florida basketball program, and he coached the Gators to more NCAA tournament appearances, NCAA tournament wins, and Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships than all other Florida coaches combined.

Donovan was born and raised in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York. As the starting point guard for Rick Pitino's Providence team, Donovan led the Friars to the 1987 Final Four. As such, he is one of only four men (Dean Smith, Joe B. Hall and Bobby Knight being the others) to appear in the NCAA Final Four as a player and win the NCAA national championship as a coach.

Before his tenure at Florida, Donovan spent most of the 1987–88 season as a reserve guard for the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks, who at the time were coached by his college coach, Rick Pitino. After leaving the NBA and briefly working as a Wall Street stock broker, Donovan followed Pitino to the University of Kentucky, where he served as an assistant coach for the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball from 1989 to 1993. He accepted his first head coaching position at Marshall University in 1994 and led the Thundering Herd to a 35-20 record over two seasons.

Donovan was hired to revive Florida's basketball program in 1996. After two losing seasons while he rebuilt the roster through relentless recruiting, Donovan's Gators began a streak of sixteen straight 20-win seasons, a period which included multiple conference championships, four Final Four appearances, two NCAA championships, and three SEC coach of the year awards.

During Donovan's tenure at Florida, he was often rumored to be a candidate for various NCAA and NBA head coaching positions. In June 2007, after leading the Gators to their second consecutive national title, he accepted an offer to become the head coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic. However, he immediately had second thoughts, and after a week, he persuaded the Magic to release him from his newly signed contract and allow him to return to Florida, where he remained for eight more seasons.

In April 2015, Donovan agreed to become the head coach of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

Billy Donovan Videos

  • The Bulls are hiring Billy Donovan as head coach - Woj | SportsCenter
    Adrian Wojnarowski joins SportsCenter to discuss his report on the Chicago Bulls hiring former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan as their new...
  • Billy Donovan Postgame Interview | Thunder vs Rockets | NBA Playoffs
    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets - Full Game 7 Highlights | September 2, 2020 NBA Playoffs
  • Billy Donovan Court Presentation
    On 2.15.20 the court in Exactech Arena was dedicated to former Head Coach Billy Donovan.

FAQs on booking Billy Donovan

  • How do I book Billy Donovan to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Billy Donovan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Billy Donovan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Billy Donovan or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Billy Donovan

    Speaking fees for Billy Donovan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Billy Donovan are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Billy Donovan, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Billy Donovan speak about?

    Billy Donovan is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Basketball, Coaching, Featured Speakers, Featured Sports Speakers, Leadership Speakers, Motivation, Personal Growth, Sports.
  • Where does Billy Donovan travel from?

    Billy Donovan generally travels from Oklahoma, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Billy Donovan’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Billy Donovan for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Billy Donovan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Billy Donovan or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Billy Donovan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Billy Donovan for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Billy Donovan generally travels from OK, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Coach Ken Carter, Phil Jackson, Bill Walton, Rick Pitino and John Calipari. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Billy Donovan for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Billy Donovan Speaker Videos

  • The Bulls are hiring Billy Donovan as head coach - Woj | SportsCenter
    Adrian Wojnarowski joins SportsCenter to discuss his report on the Chicago Bulls hiring former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan as their new head coach, filling Jim Boylen's vacancy. #NBA...
    Billy Donovan Postgame Interview | Thunder vs Rockets | NBA Playoffs
    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets - Full Game 7 Highlights | September 2, 2020 NBA Playoffs
  • Billy Donovan Court Presentation
    On 2.15.20 the court in Exactech Arena was dedicated to former Head Coach Billy Donovan.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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