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He's currently the head coach at D-II Florida Southern and was the former head coach at Southern Connecticut State.
TRS - why did he transfer down to D-II Sacred Heart? He was team captain as a Soph at CCSU. Was it academics, coaching, or personal?
Mike Donnelly has been the head coach for the Florida Southern men's basketball program since 2015, leading the Moccasins to two NCAA Tournament appearances, a Sunshine State Conference Tournament championship, and a pair of 20-win seasons. During his tenure at Florida Southern, the Mocs have had six all-SSC selections, as well as an SSC Player of the Year and SSC Defensive Player of the Year.
In his time at the helm of the program, the Moccasins have defeated seven nationally-ranked opponents and have ascended as high as No. 7 in the NABC Coaches Poll, including a top-25 ranking in 13 of the 17 weekly rankings in 2018-19. Known for an up-tempo, high-scoring offensive system, Donnelly's Florida Southern squads have ranked among the top 50 nationally in scoring offense three times in his first four seasons. His teams at Florida Southern have produced a pair of 1,000 point scorers, with Brett Hanson achieving the feat in three seasons and Jonathan Lawton accomplishing the same in just two years.
https://fscmocs.com/sports/mbkb/coaches ... e?view=bioPrior to taking over as head coach at Post, Donnelly served as the head boys’ basketball coach at Notre Dame of Fairfield (Conn.) and Brookfield (Conn.) High Schools. Prior to that, he served for two seasons as an assistant coach at Post.
As a student-athlete, Donnelly began his collegiate career at Central Connecticut State University, where he was a starting guard for the Blue Devils from 1993-95. He served as team captain as a sophomore and was also named All-East Coast honorable mention by Eastern Basketball in 1994.
Donnelly transferred to Sacred Heart University following his sophomore season and was a starting guard for head coach Dave Bike for two years. He was selected to the Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for his academic prowess in the classroom.
Donnelly was a four-year member of the boys’ basketball team at St. Joseph’s High School in Trumbull, Conn. for legendary head coach Vito Montelli. He helped St. Joe’s win back-to-back state championships and served as team captain as a senior. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Sacred Heart.
Donnelly and his wife, Jill, have two daughters, Kara and Payten.