Former USBWA President John Feinstein called Donoher a great coach and better person.
"At a time in college basketball when we're looking for people we can respect and admire unconditionally, Coach Donoher remains to this day a beacon of class, dignity and hope,” Feinstein said in a press release. "I can't think of anyone who personifies the qualities that made Dean Smith a great man more than "Mick" Donoher. Coach Smith would be very proud to have Don's name on the award in his honor."
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The award was created in 2015 and previously honored former Georgetown coach John Thompson and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.
Donoher coached the Flyers for 25 seasons, retiring in 1989 with 437 career victories.