Former Dayton Flyers coach Don Donoher received the Dean Smith Award on Wednesday night from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Seth Davis (left) presented Donoher with the award. Mike Hartsock/STAFF
“I think all of us that had a chance to play for coach know where his heart is,” Grant said. “We know who he is as a man, who he was as a coach, and what he stands for. All that stuff stays with you for the rest of your life.”
Veteran sportswriter Seth Davis served as master of ceremonies for the event at the university’s River Campus. Also a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, Davis said that Donoher’s selection was an obvious choice.
“The values that Dean Smith represented and embodied, and lived through his actions and not his words, that’s coach Donoher,” Davis said. “Humble, gracious, intelligent, class…he served the game of basketball and that’s what we are honoring tonight.”