Aug. 21, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Bob Donewald, who has coached at the collegiate, NBA and international level for a combined 15 years, has been appointed UAB's assistant head coach, announced head coach Mike Davis on Tuesday. Donewald replaces former assistant coach Tracy Dildy, who left to take a similar position at his alma mater, Illinois-Chicago.
"This is a terrific hire for our program," Davis said. "Bob brings a wealth of coaching experience at every level. He is someone who really knows the game and will help us immediately. I couldn't be more excited to have him join our staff."
Donewald echoed Davis' statements and looks forward to being a part of a great tradition such as UAB basketball.
"I am really excited to join Mike Davis and his staff at UAB," Donewald said. "Not only am I going to be a part of an outstanding team and program, but I am going to be working for a terrific coach who is well respected among his peers. I look forward to helping this team in any way possible."
Donewald is known for developing players, as he was hired by NBA All-Star LeBron James as his personal coach, training him for the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece. Donewald has also developed the likes of NBA superstars such as Carlos Boozer, Dejaun Wagner, Jamal Mashburn, Baron Davis, Nene and Lee Nailon, among others.
Donewald comes to UAB after spending two seasons in Brazil's professional basketball league, where he was the head coach of Sao Carlos (2005-06) and Guaruja (2006-07). While there, Donewald was responsible for the development of NBA Draft prospect Marcus Vinicius Vieira De Sousa, who was selected by the New Orleans Hornets in the second round of the 2006 draft.
Prior to his stint in Brazil, Donewald was an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2003-04 season. While with the Cavs, Donewald helped head coach Paul Silus guide the squad to its second-biggest turnaround in franchise history. He was instrumental in teaching all aspects of the offensive system, while also installing and implementing a new defensive system.
From 2001-03, Donewald was an assistant coach on Silas' staff with the New Orleans/Charlotte Hornets. During his tenure with the Hornets, he helped the team to a 91-73 record (.555) and two playoff appearances. Donewald also worked with Silas while with the New Jersey Nets during the 1993-94 season as he served as a scout and assistant to Vice President and General Manager Willis Reed.
Before teaming up with the Hornets, Donewald spent five years as a head coach and general manager in the British Basketball League (BBL), leading his teams to the finals of the championship series on three occasions. He started his time in England as the head coach and general manager of the Leicester Riders (1996-98). Previously known as perennial losers, Donewald was able to take the franchise to finals of the National Cup in 1998. The next season (1998-99), he became head coach of the Derby Storm and coached the team to the finals of the Uniball Trophy. After taking the reigns for the London Leopards in 1999-2000, Donewald led the Leopards to a 24-10 record and the finals of the National Cup during the 2000-01 season.
In 2004, Donewald founded 2 The Hoop, Inc., established to personally train and develop high profile professional and amateur basketball players. As acting President of the company, Donewald oversees the development and implementation of each individual player's personal workout.
Donewald began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Western Michigan from 1989-93. He also has experience as an assistant coach at Morehead State from 1994-96.
Donewald's father, Bob Donewald Sr., was a longtime college assistant and head coach before retiring in 2000. He held coaching positions at Western Michigan and Illinois State. He was also an assistant coach to Bob Knight at Indiana when the Hoosiers went undefeated and captured the national title in 1976.
Bob, a native of South Bend, Ind., is a 1993 graduate of Western Michigan University.