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Steve Donahue is the Head Basketball Coach at Boston College. He assumed the program’s reins on April 7, 2010 after serving as Head Coach at Cornell for the previous 10 years. Donahue received national recognition for his work with Big Red. He led Cornell to three consecutive Ivy League titles (2008-2010). The Ivy title in 2008 was Cornell’s first in 20 years.

Under Steve’s guidance, the Big Red reached new heights in 2009-10, with an Ivy League-record 29 wins, the program’s first NCAA victory, and a trip to the Sweet 16. The Big Red shocked the college basketball world with their run to the Sweet 16 as a No. 12 seed, knocking out both fifth-seeded Temple and fourth-seeded Wisconsin by double figures. Cornell climbed as high as No. 22 in the ESPN Coaches’ Poll, the program’s first national ranking in 59 years.

The Big Red set an Ivy League record for three-pointers in a season with 326. Cornell posted its first win over a Big East school (St. John’s) since 1969, and captured a season-opening win at Alabama, the team’s first win over a school from the Southeastern Conference since 1972. Over the last five years, Cornell had the league’s best record in Ivy play at 55-15.


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