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Hall of Fame Dayton coach Don Donoher has passed away, 92

Long-time Dayton head coach Don Donoher, who led the Flyers to the NCAA Championship Game in 1967, has passed away at the age of 92. Donoher helmed the program from 1964-89, winning 437 games and going to eight NCAA Tournaments and seven NITs.

Donoher, who is the all-time winningest coach in program history, also played for the Flyers and head coach Tom Blackburn. After spending some time in the Army, he returned to Dayton and eventually spent one year as an assistant coach under Blackburn before taking over as head coach in 1964.

He led Dayton to Sweet Sixteen five times, highlighted by a run to the title game in 1967, where they fell to John Wooden and UCLA. The following year, Donoher and the Flyers were NIT Champions.

In addition to his Dayton accolades, Donoher helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, serving as an assistant coach under Bob Knight. The team featured the college stars of the day, including Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing.

Donoher continued to live in Dayton after his retirement, and helped out on occasion with the basketball program at Bishop Fenwick HS where his grandkids attended. He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.


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