Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 863-680-4252
Email: mdonnelly@flsouthern.edu
Alma Mater: Sacred Heart, 1997

Mike Donnelly has been the head coach for the Florida Southern men's basketball program since 2015, leading the Moccasins to two NCAA Tournament appearances, a Sunshine State Conference Tournament championship, and a pair of 20-win seasons. During his tenure at Florida Southern, the Mocs have had six all-SSC selections, as well as an SSC Player of the Year and SSC Defensive Player of the Year.

In his time at the helm of the program, the Moccasins have defeated seven nationally-ranked opponents and have ascended as high as No. 7 in the NABC Coaches Poll, including a top-25 ranking in 13 of the 17 weekly rankings in 2018-19. Known for an up-tempo, high-scoring offensive system, Donnelly's Florida Southern squads have ranked among the top 50 nationally in scoring offense three times in his first four seasons. His teams at Florida Southern have produced a pair of 1,000 point scorers, with Brett Hanson achieving the feat in three seasons and Jonathan Lawton accomplishing the same in just two years.

In addition to his coaching duties at Florida Southern, Donnelly currently serves on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for the South Region. He is also a member of the national committee for the Bevo Francis Award, presented annually to the best non-Division I player in the nation. Prior to his tenure as the Moccasins' head coach, Donnelly spent 13 seasons as a head coach at the Division II level at Post (2003-10) and Southern Connecticut State (2010-15) where he won both CACC (Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference) and NE10 (Northeast 10) Coach of the Year honors.

  • NABC East Region Coach of the Year: 2013-14
  • NE10 Coach of the Year: 2013-14
  • CACC Coach of the Year: 2006-07

As a head coach at three institutions, Donnelly has produced some of the top players in the nation at each stop including five all-Americans, three conference Player of the Year honorees, a Defensive Player of the Year award winner, and 31 all-conference selections. He has also coached 11 all-region/all-district honorees and a pair of Region Player of the Year winners.

AT FLORIDA SOUTHERN (2015-present):

  • NCAA Tournament Appearances (2): 2018-19, 2017-18
  • SSC Tournament Championships (1): 2019
  • All-Americans (2): 2018-19 - Jonathan Lawton (NABC, D2CCA, DII Bulletin, Basketball Times); 2015-16 - Dylan Travis (DII Bulletin)
  • D2CCA South Region Player of the Year (1): 2018-19 - Jonathan Lawton
  • D2CCA All-South Region (3): 2018-19 - Brett Hanson, Jonathan Lawton; 2017-18 - Jonathan Lawton
  • NABC All-District (3): 2018-19 - Brett Hanson, Jonathan Lawton; 2017-18 - Jonathan Lawton; 2015-16 - Dylan Travis
  • SSC Player of the Year: (1): 2018-19 - Jonathan Lawton
  • SSC Defensive Player of the Year: (1): 2016-17 - Jarel Spellman
  • All-SSC (6): 2018-19 - Brett Hanson, Jonathan Lawton; 2017-18 - Brett Hanson, Jonathan Lawton; 2015-16 - Dylan Travis, Dominique Williams
  • SSC All-Newcomer Team (2): 2017-18 - Jonathan Lawton; 2016-17 - Jeremiah Davis
  • NCAA South Region All-Tournament (2): 2018-19 - Slinky Jones; 2017-18 - Jonathan Lawton
  • SSC All-Tournament (4): 2018-19 - Brett Hanson (MVP), Slinky Jones, Jonathan Lawton; 2017-18 - Jonathan Lawton
  • NABC All-Star (2): 2018-19 - Jonathan Lawton; 2015-16 - Dylan Travis
  • NABC Team of the Week (1): Feb. 6, 2018
  • Hal Smeltzly Award (1): 2018-19 - Jonathan Lawton

AT SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE (2010-15):

  • NCAA Elite Eight Appearances (1): 2013-14
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances (2): 2013-14, 2014-15
  • NE10 Tournament Championships (1): 2014
  • All-Americans (2): 2014-15 - Tylon Smith; 2013-14 - Greg Langston
  • All-Northeast Region (4): 2014-15 - Tylon Smith; 2013-14 - Greg Langston, Tylon Smith; 2012-13 - Trevon Hamlet
  • NE10 Player of the Year (1): 2014 - Greg Langston
  • All-NE10 (8): 2014-15 -Luke Huston, Michael Mallory; 2013-14 - Greg Langston; 2012-13 - Trevon Hamlet, Greg Langston; 2011-12; Trevon Hamlet, Greg Langston; 2010-11; Trevon Hamlet
  • NE10 All-Rookie Team (1): 2011-12 - Tylon Smith
  • NE 10 Rookie of the Year (1): 2013-14 - Michael Mallory

AT POST (2003-10):

  • All-Americans (1): 2003-04 - Ron Christy
  • All-Northeast Region (1): 2003-04 - Ron Christy
  • CACC Coach of the Year (1): 2006-07 - Mike Donnelly
  • All-CACC (13): 2009-10 - Trevon Hamlet, Jon Lucky; 2008-08: AJ Reitter, Brandon Romain, Cecil Stinson; 2007-08: Peter Lawal, AJ Reitter, Arthur Robertson; 2006-07: Peter Lawal, AJ Reitter, Arthur Robertson; 2004-06 - Justin Skipwith; 2003-04 - Ron Christy

In addition to his team's successes on the court, Donnelly's squads have flourished in the classroom by winning multiple CoSIDA all-America and all-district honors, as well as a bevy of other national, regional, and conference academic achievement awards.

AT FLORIDA SOUTHERN (2015-present):

  • CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (1): 2015-16 - Dylan Travis
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District (2): 2016-17 - Michael Volovic; 2015-16 - Dylan Travis
  • NABC Honors Court (11): 2018-19 - Brett Hanson, Jack Rauch; 2017-18 - Luke St. Lifer, Tyler Ross; 2016-17- Luke St. Lifer, Tyler Ross, Michael Volovic; 2015-16 - Alex McLanahan; Dylan Travis; Stephen Turner; Luke St. Lifer
  • D2ADA Academic Achievement Award (7): 2018-19 - Jack Rauch; 2017-18 - Jack Rauch; 2016-17 - Michael Volovic; 2015-16 - Alex McLanahan, Stephen Turner, Dylan Travis, Michael Volovic
  • NABC Team Academic Excellence Award (2): 2016-17, 2015-16
  • SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll (30): 2018-19 - E.J. Dambreville, Brett Hanson, Pierce Kiesler, Jack Rauch; 2017-18 - Josh Brown, Brett Hanson, Jack Rauch, Tyler Ross, Jacob Schner, Luke St. Lifer; 2016-17 - Josh Brown, Brett Hanson, Kyle McWilliams, Jack Rauch, Tyler Ross, Jacob Schner, Jarel Spellman, Luke St. Lifer, Michael Volovic, Myles Wilkins: 2015-16 - Melique Hill, Alex McClanahan, Trey Moore, Joey Morlan, Tyler Ross, Dylan Travis, Stephen Turner, Michal Volovic, Myles Wilkins, Dominique Williams
  • FSC Honor Walk (1): 2015-16 - Alex McLanahan
  • Pat McFadden Award (1): 2015-16 - Dylan Travis

AT SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE (2010-15):

  • CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (2): 2014-15 - Tylon Smith; 2013-14 - Tylon Smith
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District (2): 2014-15 - Tylon Smith; 2013-14 - Tylon Smith
  • NABC Honors Court (5): 2014-15 - Luke Houston, Tylon Smith, Lucas Van Nes; 2013-14 - Luke Houston, Tylon Smith
  • D2ADA Academic Achievement Award (6): 2014-15 - Luke Houston, Tylon Smith; 2013-14 - Luke Houston, Tylon Smith; 2012-13 - Luke Houston, Tylon Smith
  • NABC Team Academic Excellence Award (1): 2014-15
  • NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll (30): 2014-15 - Michael Bozzuto, Austin Carter, Luke Houston, Michael Mallory, Jack McCarthy, Dominic Migliaro, Jonathan Paul, Tylon Smith, Lucas Van Nes, Desmond Williams, Stefon Williams; 2013-14 - Austin Carter, Jose Cruz, Luke Houston, Michael Mallory, Jonathan Paul, Tylon Smith; 2012-13 - Jose Cruz, Luke Houston, Tylon Smith; 2011-12 - Trevon Hamlet, Luke Houston, Tylon Smith; 2010-11; Lance Long, Kieran Ramsey, Drew Zito

AT POST (2003-10):

  •  90+ % Graduation Rate: At Post, nearly every student-athlete who exhausted their eligibility under Donnelly (four-year or transfer) graduated with their degree

  • Member: NCAA Division II Regional Advisory Committee (South Region)
  • Member: Bevo Francis Award Committee

Prior to taking over as head coach at Post, Donnelly served as the head boys’ basketball coach at Notre Dame of Fairfield (Conn.) and Brookfield (Conn.) High Schools. Prior to that, he served for two seasons as an assistant coach at Post.

As a student-athlete, Donnelly began his collegiate career at Central Connecticut State University, where he was a starting guard for the Blue Devils from 1993-95. He served as team captain as a sophomore and was also named All-East Coast honorable mention by Eastern Basketball in 1994.

Donnelly transferred to Sacred Heart University following his sophomore season and was a starting guard for head coach Dave Bike for two years. He was selected to the Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for his academic prowess in the classroom.

Donnelly was a four-year member of the boys’ basketball team at St. Joseph’s High School in Trumbull, Conn. for legendary head coach Vito Montelli. He helped St. Joe’s win back-to-back state championships and served as team captain as a senior. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Sacred Heart.

Donnelly and his wife, Jill, have two daughters, Kara and Payten. 

DONNELLY'S CAREER RECORD

YEAR SCHOOL W L W/L %
2003-04 Post 20 11 .645
2004-05 Post 6 21 .222
2005-06 Post 11 17 .393
2006-07 Post 17 12 .586
2007-08 Post 14 15 .483
2008-09 Post 17 10 .630
2009-10 Post 13 17 .433
2010-11 Southern Connecticut State 12 15 .444
2011-12 Southern Connecticut State 14 13 .519
2012-13 Southern Connecticut State 17 10 .630
2013-14 Southern Connecticut State 30 3 .909
2014-15 Southern Connecticut State 24 8 .750
2015-16 Florida Southern 10 19 .345
2016-17 Florida Southern 11 18 .379
2017-18 Florida Southern 21 11 .656
2018-19 Florida Southern 25 8 .758
16 Season Career 262 208 .557
7 Seasons at Post 98 103 .488
5 Seasons at Southern Connecticut State 97 49 .664
4 Seasons at Florida Southern 67 56 .545