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Legendary UD Coach Talks History, Coach, Players

DAYTON -- When you think of Flyer Baskeyball, Don Donoher likely comes to mind. He is a legend in this town, but would never recognize it himself.

"I'd rather have them than the Mona Lisa," said Don Donoher, laughing. He is surrounded by good memories at his home. The pictures include his days as a Flyer. He was number 14.

"This is a picture when we beat Seton Hall, the only time Dayton's beat the number one team in the country, when I was a Junior."

Then he coached the team for 25 years, but he did not always want to coach there.

"No, it was just something that happened, you don't plan these things. It was kind of a bizarre deal."

His coach was Tom Blackburn, and when he passed in 1964, Don was asked to step in. In three years, Donoher's 1967 team was in the final four. The most successful team to date.

"Dayton's only time in the final four and we're hoping to make it this time. (What do you think, you think they've got a chance?) Oh yeah, they've got a good chance."

Don's next best team was his 1984 Flyers.

"The shot was right down here, Ed Young... that was in the DePaul game," Donoher said, pointing to the picture.

The 1984 win hurdled them into the NCAA tournament, and they went onto the Elite 8. Exactly where this years team is headed if they beat Stanford.

"You almost can't say enough about them as a team, they're a team, there's lots of players involved. Archie uses his bench."

He will be watching with the rest of us.

"It's going to come down to making plays and we were able to do that in Buffalo."

And he will be surrounded by all things Flyer.

"All these players, and administrators, and friends are the reason we've had this house and we've had a good life. So this is our museum to them."


 
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