Today, Boston College welcomes the newest addition to its basketball program: Coach Steve Donahue. After the recent firing of head coach Al Skinner, the Eagle’s website proudly announces “a new era in BC Men’s Basketball”.
Donahue, who spent a decade at Cornell, posted a 146-138 record and settled third on the school’s career win list. He became just one of eight coaches to win three Ancient Eight crowns, as he led the Big Red to consecutive Ivy League Championships from 2007-08 to 2009-10. This season, the Big Red finished the regular season 29-5, marking the most wins in Ivy League history. They went on to claim two upset victories in the NCAA tournament, defeating both Temple and Wisconsin, before eventually falling to Kentucky in the Sweet 16.
Skinner, who was fired after 13 years with the program, is the winningest coach in BC history, leading the Eagles to seven NCAA tournaments since 2001. BC’s athletic director, Gene DeFilippo, stated that he was looking for a new coach that will be able to draw fans to the Conte Forum, hopefully resolving the declining attendance experienced over the past four years. DeFilippo also wanted someone who could introduce a more exciting style of play, feeling that Skinner’s flex offense was too slow and predictable. Skinner had three years remaining on his contract.