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January 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Former Storm coach Anne Donovan returns to WNBA as Connecticut Sun’s leader

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The first female coach to win a WNBA championship as leader of the Seattle Storm, Anne Donovan was formally announced as the new Connecticut Sun coach Thursday. Donovan is currently the head coach at Seton Hall and will resign at the conclusion of the college season.

The Pirates are 5-8 this season and 2-30 overall in Big East play since Donovan took the position in 2010.

Donovan replaces Mike Thibault at Connecticut. He coached the Sun for 10 seasons and in a unique twist, Donovan’s Storm defeated Thibault’s Sun for the 2004 WNBA title.

“This was a pretty rapid process, it’s only been in the last couple of weeks that we’ve spoken several times and reached an agreement,” said Donovan at press conference Thursday that was streamed live on YouTube. She’s currently one of five female coaches in the WNBA.

“I am really excited to join the Connecticut Sun,” she said.

Donovan was hired by Seattle in 2003. She made risky offseason moves in free-agency to form a championship team in 2004. However the roster, which included stars Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird and Finals MVP Betty Lennox, began to deteriorate after the title. Donovan abruptly resigned via email in November 2007. She had one year remaining on her contract, prohibiting her from coaching elsewhere in the WNBA in 2008.

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