Wilbur Wright

Athletic Hall of Fame

News Death Notice

. "Monk" Age 83, of Centerville, died Tues., Sept. 3, 2013. He was born & raised in Dayton, graduated from Wilbur Wright HS in 1948 & University of Dayton in 1952. Don is well known for his athleticism, having played both basketball and baseball at UD where he held 33 records. He was a two-time All-American and is still the sixth leading scorer in UD history. He is a member of both the UD & Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. He played in 4 post season tournaments in 3 years, as Dayton played in both the NIT & NCAA in 1952. He was MVP (both nights) in the 1952 All-American games, playing against the world champion Lakers and the NY Knicks. After UD, he played for the Pistons & was the first NBA Rookie of the Year (1953). He had over 30 years in radio/television sales, was a member of the All-Atlantic 10 Legends inaugural class, member and past president of the Dayton Agonis Club & a member of Church of the Incarnation. Preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary Jane (Hautman), 7 brothers & sisters and the other members of UD's "Big Four", Pete Boyle, Junior Norris and Chuck Grigsby. He is survived by 3 sons, Donald (Kara) of Kettering, Gregory (Laura) of Birmingham, AL, Jeffrey of Centerville; 1 daughter, Jennifer (Thad) Sargent of Centerville; 8 grandchildren, Jacqueline Meineke, Emily, Quinn, Jack, & Jo Jo Meineke, Jacob, Danielle, & Nicole Sargent; & 1 sister-in-law, Dorothy Hanes of Kettering. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 Am Friday, Sept. 13 at the Church of Incarnation 7415 Far Hills Ave Centerville. Burial Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-8 Thurs. at Tobias Funeral Home 5471 Far Hills Ave at Rahn Rd. (Steve Conner of Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home, Director). If desired, contributions may be made to UD Athletic Dept., 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-2961


The Essence of a Legend…
   Don Donoher

He began his career as a basketball player at Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio from 1947-1950. In college he played three years of varsity basketball for Coach Tom Blackburn at the University of Dayton, scoring 578 career points in 72 games.

Returning to Dayton after the end of his service in the Army, he accepted a part-time basketball scout position offered by Blackburn. In February 1963, Blackburn made Don the University's first full-time assistant coach.

In March 1964, his mentor Coach Blackburn died from cancer and Don was formally named his successor.

During his tenure at Dayton, Coach Donoher led the Flyers to the NCAA tournament eight times, reaching the Sweet Sixteen five times, the Elite Eight twice and the national final once. Additionally, Dayton played in seven NIT post-season competitions under Donoher, winning the championship in 1968. He is Dayton's all-time winningest coach with a 437-275 record (.614), including a 20-16 post season record (.556). Donoher-coached teams were noted for their discipline, tenacity, and sound fundamentals, frequently besting teams with greater athleticism.

Don served as an assistant on the gold medal winning U.S. men's basketball team at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.

Coach Donoher has been inducted into the Toledo Area High School Hall of Fame, the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the University of Dayton Hall of Fame. In 1998, the University of Dayton named the new state of the art addition to the University of Dayton Arena after their former coach.