Billy Donlon

Billy Donlon (born February 10, 1977)

Current position: Associate head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Clemson Tigers (Head coach: Brad Brownell)
Current conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Teams coached: Wright State Raiders, Kansas City Roos
Wright State record: 109-94 (.537)
Kansas City record: 46-39 (.541)
Overall record: 155-133 (.538)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2013)
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2014)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present Clemson (assoc. HC)
2019-2022 Kansas City
2017-2019 Northwestern (asst)
2016-2017 Michigan (asst)
2010-2016 Wright State
2006-2010 Wright State (assoc. HC)
2001-2006 UNC Wilmington (asst)
2000-2001 Saint Peter’s (asst)
1999-2000 American (asst)

Billy Donlon Facts

  • William Joseph Donlon
  • Born February 10, 1977
  • Hometown: Northbrook, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: UNC Wilmington (BA, 1999)
  • Played three seasons at UNCW for head coach Jerry Wainwright, later spending one season as his assistant
  • Before coaching, played professionally in France and Germany; also joined the Irish National Team in 2001
  • Followed Brownell to Wright State as associate head coach, his position for four years before becoming head coach in 2010
    • Took the Raiders to one CBI, one CIT and three times won 20+ games during his six-year tenure
  • After being fired at WSU, Donlon joined John Beilein‘s staff at Michigan for a year
  • Spent two years as an assistant under Chris Collins at Northwestern (also a native of Northbrook, IL)
  • Hired in March 2019 to be the new head coach of the Kansas City (formerly UMKC) Kangaroos
  • Reunited with Brownell in April 2022, becoming the associate head coach at Clemson
  • Married to the former Melissa McCracken

Billy Donlon Coaching Tree