Billy Donlon

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Billy Donlon
Current position
TitleAssistant coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1977-02-10) February 10, 1977 (age 41)
Northbrook, Illinois
Playing career
1996–1999UNC Wilmington
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1999–2000American (asst.)
2000–2001St. Peters (asst.)
2001–2006UNC Wilmington (asst.)
2006–2010Wright State (assoc. HC)
2010–2016Wright State
2016–2017Michigan (asst.)
2017–presentNorthwestern (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall109–94 (.537)
Accomplishments and honors
Horizon League Coach of the Year (2013)

William Joseph Donlon (born February 10, 1977) is an American college basketball coach, currently an assistant coach at Northwestern.

Donlon was promoted to head coach at Wright State on April 14, 2010 after spending the past four years as the team's associate head coach under the former head coach, Brad Brownell. Previous to that Donlon spent four years as Brownell's assistant at UNCW, where he played his college basketball. Donlon replaced Brownell who had accepted the position of head basketball coach at Clemson University the day before.[1][2]

Wright State athletic director Bob Grant said: “Coach Donlon brings not only an ability to continue what has been laid in place but also a wealth of basketball knowledge and expertise to his new position. We are confident that Billy will continue building our program and take Raider basketball to another level of success.”

On March 18, 2016, Wright State fired Donlon after 6 seasons as head coach.[3]

On May 4, 2016, Donlon was named assistant head coach for the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team.[4]

On June 25, 2017, Donlon was hired as an assistant coach for the Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team, replacing Pat Baldwin, who had taken the head coaching job at Milwaukee.[5]

Donlon, a Northbrook, Illinois native, has played professionally in France, Germany, and Ireland before becoming a coach.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wright State Raiders (Horizon League) (2010–2016)
2010–11 Wright State 19–14 10–8 6th
2011–12 Wright State 13–19 7–11 8th
2012–13 Wright State 23–13 10–6 T–3rd CBI Semifinals
2013–14 Wright State 21–15 10–6 3rd CIT Second Round
2014–15 Wright State 11–20 3–13 8th
2015–16 Wright State 22–13 13–5 T–2nd
Wright State: 109–94 (.537) 53–49 (.520)
Total: 109–94 (.537)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Mottram, Chris (April 13, 2010). "Wright State's Brad Brownell to Replace Oliver Purnell as Clemson Coach". Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Wright State Raiders promote assistant Billy Donlon to Head Coach, succeeding Brad Brownell". Associated Press. April 14, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Borzello, Jeff; Goodman, Jeff (March 19, 2016). "Wright State Raiders fire coach Billy Donlon". Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Donlon, Washington Named Assistant Coaches". CBS Interactive. 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  5. ^ Ryan, Shannon (June 26, 2017). "Northwestern hires Billy Donlon as assistant basketball coach". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 27, 2017.

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