UF to name court after former coach
that was important to him,” Stricklin said. “During my time at Kentucky, I had a front-row seat for the impact Billy made, not just on the Florida program but our league. You saw the kind of coach and person he was, and the respect he had around the country. This was just an obvious way to honor him.”
Foley, who stepped down as AD in the fall of 2016, said, “What Billy accomplished here no one ever could have anticipated. There’s probably a whole generation that thinks Florida basketball has always been on the map. Is that true? The answer to that question is ‘No.’ Pockets of success, yes, but then he came in here and built a program that is recognized as a national brand.
Obviously, he did it with an outstanding group of assistant coaches and an incredible support staff, but at the end of the day, Billy Donovan created something very special here.”
UF coach Mike White, who replaced Donovan in the spring of 2015, said naming the court for his predecessor was a nobrainer.
“It’s a given,” White said. “To me, the way people revere him as a human being in this profession says as much about him as the games and championships he won.
This is something that definitely needed to happen.”
Former UF coach Billy Donovan cuts off a piece of the net after the Gators beat Kentucky in March 2014 to complete an 18-0 season in the SEC.