Kieran Donohue is in his second season at ODU as Special Assistant to the Head Coach. Prior to coming to ODU, Donohue served as associate head coach for two seasons and assistant coach for 11 seasons for Jeff Jones at American University.
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 act 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. He served as the graduate administrative assistant for the 1997-98 season.
Other duties during that span included a role as an assistant academic advisor. He also assisted in the program’s video exchange coordination and was the Cavs’ manager during his four-year tenure as a student from 1993-97.
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 (5), and Nora (2).