December 31, 1941 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Patriot League Coach of the Year
SEC Coach of the Year (1979, 1981, 1982)
Donald Eugene DeVoe (born December 31, 1941) is a former American college basketball coach and former player. DeVoe played college basketball for Ohio State University, and later served as the head coach for Virginia Tech, the University of Wyoming, the University of Tennessee, the University of Florida and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Early life and playing career
Born in Sabina, Ohio, DeVoe grew up in the small town of Port William, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he played for coach Fred Taylor's Ohio State Buckeyes from 1962 to 1964. He was a member of the 1962 Buckeyes team that lost to the Cincinnati Bearcats in the final game of the NCAA Tournament, as well as the Buckeyes' Big Ten Conference champion teams of 1963 and 1964.
DeVoe's Buckeyes teammates included Bob Knight, under whom he served as an assistant coach, from 1965 to 1971, while Knight led the Army Black Knights men's basketball team. Knight left Army to become the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team in 1971, and DeVoe was offered the head coach position at Virginia Tech.
While coaching the Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team, DeVoe led the Hokies to a National Invitational Tournament (NIT) title in 1973, as well as an NCAA tournament appearance in 1976. Playing an independent schedule, DeVoe's Hokies compiled an 88–45 record in five seasons from 1971 to 1976. From 1976 to 1978, DeVoe led the Wyoming Cowboys basketball program.
From 1978 to 1989, DeVoe was the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball team. In eleven seasons in Knoxville, he compiled a 204–137 record. DeVoe's Volunteers teams emphasized hustle, team play and man-to-man defense. He led the Volunteers to their first ever NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1981, where they lost to top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers. In his final season at Tennessee in 1988–89, he led the Vols to a 19–11 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
In the aftermath of NCAA infractions that led the University of Florida to demand head coach Norm Sloan's resignation before the start of the 1989–90 season, DeVoe became the interim head coach of the Florida Gators men's basketball team shortly after retiring as head coach of Tennessee. The Gators were a talented team beset by personality problems, and DeVoe later described his acceptance of the job on an interim basis as a "mistake" that left him without authority to fix the program's more serious issues. He publicly clashed with the Gators' temperamental star center Dwayne Schintzius when DeVoe attempted to impose a new conditioning program and a measure of team discipline. Schintzius quit mid-season, ostensibly over DeVoe's demand that he get a haircut, and the Gators finished 7–21 overall and 3–15 in the SEC. After he was let go by Florida, he was succeeded by Lon Kruger.
DeVoe served as the head coach of the Navy Midshipmen men's basketball team from 1992 to 2004. He led the Midshipmen to a 182–155 record, a 26–3 record against arch-rival Army, five Patriot League regular season titles, three Patriot League tournament titles, and three NCAA Tournament appearances in twelve seasons. DeVoe was named Patriot League Coach of the Year three times.
In his thirty-one season career as a college basketball head coach, DeVoe led three different teams to the NCAA tournament, and posted an overall win-loss record of 512–389 (.568).
DeVoe and his wife Ana have two children—a son, Elliott, and a daughter, AnaLise. He is currently a member of the NIT selection committee.
Head coaching record
|Virginia Tech Hokies (Independent) (1971–1976)|
|1972–73||Virginia Tech||22–5||NIT Championship|
|1975–76||Virginia Tech||21–7||NCAA 1st Round|
|Wyoming Cowboys (Western Athletic Conference) (1976–1978)|
|Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (1978–1989)|
|1978–79||Tennessee||21–12||12–6||2nd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1979–80||Tennessee||18–11||12–6||T–3rd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1980–81||Tennessee||21–8||12–6||3rd||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1981–82||Tennessee||20–10||13–5||T–1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1982–83||Tennessee||20–12||9–9||T–4th||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1983–84||Tennessee||21–14||9–9||6th||NIT 3rd Round|
|1984–85||Tennessee||22–15||8–10||T–8th||NIT Semifinals/NIT 3rd Place|
|1987–88||Tennessee||16–13||9–9||6th||NIT 1st Round|
|1988–89||Tennessee||19–11||11–7||T–4th||NCAA 1st Round|
|Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (1989–1990)|
|Navy Midshipmen (Patriot League) (1992–2004)|
|1993–94||Navy||17–13||9–5||T–1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|1996–97||Navy||20–9||10–2||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|1997–98||Navy||19–11||10–2||T–1st||NCAA 1st Round|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- Alexander Wolff, "Look Who's Gone Forth And Multiplied," Sports Illustrated (November 20, 1985). Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- Pat Putnam, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Tech?" Sports Illustrated (April 2, 1973). Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- Ralph Wiley, "Tennessee," Sports Illustrated (November 29, 1982). Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- Ralph Wiley, "He's a Formidable Forward," Sports Illustrated (December 13, 1982). Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- Mike Bianchi, "Two decades later, Don DeVoe has a message for cancer-stricken Dwayne Schintzius," Orlando Sentinel (March 11, 2010). Retrieved April 17, 2012.
- Associated Press, "Florida Coach Retires At School's Request," The New York Times (November 1, 1989). Retrieved February 8, 2011.
- William F. Reed, "SEC," Sports Illustrated (November 20, 1989). Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- William F. Reed, "College Report," Sports Illustrated (December 11, 1989). Retrieved February 7, 2011.