Wright State elevates Donlon to head coach

Wright State promoted longtime assistant Billy Donlon to head

coach on Wednesday, one day after losing Brad Brownell to


Donlon has spent the past four years as Brownell’s associate

head coach, along with four years as his assistant at

UNC-Wilmington, where he played his college basketball.

Brownell was introduced at Clemson on Tuesday, where he took

over for Oliver Purnell.

“Coach Donlon brings not only an ability to continue what has

been laid in place but also a wealth of basketball knowledge and

expertise to his new position,” Wright State athletic director Bob

Grant said. “We are confident that Billy will continue building

our program and take Raider basketball to another level of


The 33-year-old Chicago-area native played professionally in

France, Germany and Ireland before becoming a coach. He takes over

a program at Wright State that has won at least 20 games each of

the last four seasons, including a trip to the NCAA tournament in


The Raiders went 84-45 during his four seasons on the bench,

with a Horizon League mark of 49-21 – the school’s best over a

four-year span.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Donlon said.