The Chicago Bulls have employed Billy Donovan as the group's lead trainer. As per group strategy, terms of the agreement were not reported.
Donovan, 55, goes to the Bulls having spent the last five seasons monitoring the sidelines for the Oklahoma City Thunder. While in OKC, his groups amassed a record of 243-157 (.608) and made five back to back outings to the end of the season games. His triumphant rate positions sixteenth (min. 100 games) in NBA history, and trails just Nick Nurse (.721), Steve Kerr (.709) and Gregg Popovich (.675) among dynamic mentors. He is additionally one of just four dynamic first-time lead trainers in the association (alongside Rick Carlisle, Kerr and Erik Spoelstra) to lead their groups to the end of the season games in every one of their initial five seasons as a lead trainer.
"We are satisfied to invite Billy and his family to the Chicago Bulls. The achievement that he has continued through the span of his training profession puts him on an alternate level," said Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President – Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas. "We feel his capacity to enable his players to arrive at their latent capacity, both independently and on the whole, will work well with our list. Regardless of whether as a player or as a mentor, he has won wherever his profession has taken him, and we trust that will proceed here in Chicago."
In 2015-16, his first season with the Thunder, he guided the group to a record of 55-27 (.671), as it guaranteed the Northwest Division title and progressed toward the Western Conference Finals. Donovan's 55 successes put him in select organization, as he turned out to be only the third first-year lead trainer over the past 15 seasons to win at least 55 games in his first season. On April 5, 2017 at Memphis, the Thunder vanquished the Grizzlies 103-100 for Donovan's 100th profession triumph in the NBA. With the success, he turned into the first NBA lead trainer to win at least 100 games in his initial two seasons subsequent to coming directly from the university level. He guaranteed his 200th vocation instructing win on Oct. 27, 2019 versus Golden State.
"I need to express gratitude toward Jerry, Michael, Arturas and Marc for the chance to mentor the Chicago Bulls. I likewise need to express gratitude toward them for the time and exertion they put into this recruiting cycle. I'm eager to collaborate with Arturas as we cooperate for this memorable establishment," said Billy Donovan.
Before his appearance in Oklahoma City, Donovan delighted in a celebrated 19-year stretch as the lead trainer at the University of Florida. While in Gainesville, he instructed his groups to a general record of 467-186 (.715). His term with the Gators was featured by consecutive National Championships in 2006, and again in 2007. The back to back titles denoted the first run through a men's program won two straight ball titles since Duke in 1991 and 1992. He additionally drove the Gators to the Final Four out of 2000 (losing in the NCAA Championship Game) and 2014, while making 14 excursions to the NCAA Tournament, and two appearances in the NIT.
The Gators appreciated supported accomplishment under Donovan, as his groups posted 16 straight seasons with at least 20 successes, three missions with at least 30 successes, 17 continuous excursions to the postseason and six SEC Championships. In 2014-15, at 49 years old years old, he turned into the second-most youthful mentor in NCAA history (Bobby Knight, 48-years of age) to post 500 successes. Before showing up in Gainesville, Donovan's first understanding as a lead trainer came in 1994 at Marshall University. In two seasons with the Thundering Herd, he posted a record of 35-20 (.636).
Donovan has likewise delighted in progress with USA Basketball. From 2012-14, he filled in as the lead trainer of USAB's U18 and U19 National Teams. Over that time, his crews aggregated a record of 19-0 and guaranteed three gold decorations during public group rivalry.
A local of Rockville Center, New York, Donovan played four seasons at Providence (1983-87). His senior season, he found the middle value of 20.6 ppg and helped lead the Friars to the 1987 Final Four. For his endeavors, he earned Southeast Regional Most Outstanding Player respects, and furthermore was named to the 1987 All-Big East first group, the 1987 Big East All-Tournament crew and was a good notice All-American. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the third round (68th in general) of the 1987 NBA Draft and played an aggregate of 44 games with the New York Knicks in 1987-88. In 1999, he was accepted into the Providence College Hall of Fame.
Donovan and his better half, Christine, have four kids: Billy, Hasbrouck, Bryan and Connor.