Penn hires former Cornell coach Steve Donahue as head coach

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Penn has hired Steve Donahue as its new coach, the former Quakers assistant returning after head coaching stops at Cornell and Boston College.

Donahue was a Penn assistant under former coach Fran Dunphy from 1990 to 2000. He replaces Jerome Allen, who resigned following the regular-season finale.

Donahue left for the Big Red in 2000 and led them to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a spot in the Sweet 16 in 2010. Following that Sweet 16 berth, Donahue left Cornell to become head coach at Boston College.

The Eagles were 54-76 in Donahue's four seasons with no tournament appearances. Donahue was let go with one year left on the five-year contract he signed to succeed Al Skinner, who led the Eagles to the NCAA tournament seven times in his 13 seasons.

Donahue was an analyst on college basketball broadcasts this season for ESPN and FOX.

''Coach Donahue is a nationally recognized coach and proven recruiter with unquestioned integrity,'' Penn athletic director Grace Calhoun said. ''His deep knowledge of and appreciation for Penn basketball, the Ivy model of student-athlete development, and the Big Five were unparalleled in the search. We are confident in Coach Donahue's ability to return Penn men's basketball to prominence.''

Donahue will be introduced Tuesday at Penn's home gym, the Palestra.

''Having been a part of Philadelphia and Penn basketball for the greater part of my life, I have a great passion for this city and this program. I spent 10 extraordinary years as an assistant here at Penn working with one of the great head coaches in all of college basketball, Fran Dunphy,'' he said. ''That, combined with my experiences as head coach at Cornell and Boston College, have led me to this distinct opportunity to return the program that I grew up watching to national prominence.''

Donahue also was an assistant coach under coach Herb Magee at Philadelphia University for two seasons and helped the Rams to a pair of 20-win seasons and the NCAA Division II Tournament. Before that, Donahue was as an assistant coach for current Lafayette head coach Fran O'Hanlon at Monsignor Bonner High School, helping to guide Bonner to the Philadelphia Catholic League title. He began his coaching career at Springfield (Pa.) High School.

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