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Kieran Donohue

Assistant to the Athletic Director and Athletic Development Officer

Kieran Donohue is in his 11th season at ODU, serving as a Special Assistant to the Head Coach for the Monarch basketball squad and has helped turnaround a program that won just five games in 2012-13 through his day-to-day operations.
During his time at ODU, Donohue has helped the Monarchs to a 2019 Conference USA Regular Season Championship, a 2019 Conference USA Tournament Championship and a first ever Top 25 ranking in 2015.
Since Donohue’s arrival in 2013-14, ODU ranks first in the league for overall road wins and road wins within C-USA play. Old Dominion ranks second in the league for total wins since 2013-14, as well as home victories and overall C-USA wins.
The 2022-23 season saw the Monarchs rejoin the Sun Belt Conference and finished 19-12 overall and 11-7 in league play. ODU ended the regular season knocking off the top two teams heading into the final weekend, Southern Miss and Marshall, at home. The Monarchs played their share of tight contests going 6-2 in games decided by three points or less, including an Imo Essien buzzer-beating jumper at Texas State for a one-point win. Chaunce Jenkins was named to the Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference squad.

The 2021-22 season saw the Monarchs finish 13-18 with an 8-10 mark in league play.  Austin Trice was named to the Second Team All-Conference USA squad, while Imo Essien, P.J. Gill, Jaylin Hunter, Jadin Johnson and D'Angelo Stines were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

In 2020-21, Old Dominion compiled a 15-8 overall record and an 11-5 mark in league play, which earned the Monarchs a No. 2 seed in the Conference USA Tournament and first round bye. Malik Curry earned All-Conference USA Second Team and NABC All-District Team honors. Austin Trice was named the C-USA Sixth Player of the Year, while Jaylin Hunter was the recipient of the John R. Broderick Award and a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal. 
After going 25-7 in 2017-18, ODU had won 96 games over the previous four seasons, averaging 24 victories per year, which ranked 27th nationally. Old Dominion went 15-3 in C-USA play and finished in second place in 2017-18.
In 2016-17, ODU led Conference USA in attendance. The Monarchs defense ranked sixth in the country for defensive scoring, allowing just 61.2 points per contest.
In 2015-16, Old Dominion advanced to the Conference USA Championship, before winning the inaugural Vegas 16 Championship, while compiling a 25-13 overall record.
The Monarchs posted a 27-8 mark in 2014-15 and reached the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden after defeating Charleston Southern, Illinois State and Murray State in the opening rounds.
His duties entail the overseeing the coordination of all day-to-day operations such as team travel, equipment, and scheduling for men’s basketball, interface with the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation as it relates to donors and fundraising events for men’s basketball and acts as the liaison with other campus and department areas.
While at American, Donohue was involved in all aspects of the American program, including on-court coaching, game and practice planning and recruiting. He worked with players in both team settings and on an individual basis to help them improve their playing skills. Donohue’s role also included scouting opponents for upcoming games, arranging and editing scouting films, writing scouting reports and coaching scout teams during practice. He also worked with evaluating and recruiting new players for the team. In addition, he was in charge of overseeing and administering the team’s budget.
During his tenure at American, he helped develop two Patriot League Players of the Year, two Patriot League Rookies of the Year, 11 All-Patriot League First Team selections, seven All-Patriot League second team selections and 12 Patriot League All-Tournament Team selections. Donohue also helped lead the Eagles to two Patriot League Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances, four Patriot League regular season championships, five Patriot League Championship game appearances and 20-win seasons in four of the last six years.
Prior to his appointment at American, Donohue spent two seasons as an administrative assistant for the men’s basketball program at Boston University. His duties with the Terriers included travel and transportation organization, film exchange policy and personnel management. He also helped direct the BU summer basketball camps.
Donohue is no stranger to head coach Jeff Jones’ successful system, after serving on his staff at the University of Virginia. During Jones’ tenure at Virginia, Donohue served the program in several different capacities, beginning as a student manager in 1993 and continuing through 1998.
Donohue earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Virginia in 1997. He attended Regis High School in New York City, where he played point guard on the 1993 championship team and 1992 runners-up for the New York State Class C title.
Donohue and his wife, the former Erika Helmrich, an American alumnae and former lacrosse player for the Eagles, have two daughters, Molly and Nora.