Duties Shifted for Several Members of Jay Wright's Staff
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Jason Donnelly begins his ninth season with the Wildcats and his second in the role of Special Assistant to the Head Coach.
"Jason is a vital component of our staff," states Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "So many parts of the University community play an important role in the success of a program and Jason connects us directly with each of them. He sees the game as an outstanding coach but also has the vision to help us achieve our long term goals."
In this capacity Donnelly is the Basketball Staff's liaison to University Development, Alumni Relations and Villanova Athletics administrators. He helps coordinate alumni events such as the annual basketball kickoff event, "Hoops on the Hudson", along with other special projects.
In July 2013, Donnelly added the title of Director of Athletics Development for the Villanova Athletic Fund to his responsibilities. He assists in fundraising for the men's basketball program along with some of the University's other 23 varsity sports.
From 2008-12 Donnelly served as a Wildcats' assistant coach, where his responsibilities included on-court instruction, recruiting and player development. During his stint the Wildcats made appearances in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 (2008) and NCAA Final Four (2009). In this capacity, Donnelly assisted in the development of BIG EAST Most Improved Player Dante Cunningham and All-American Scottie Reynolds.
Donnelly played a key role in the recruitment of classes ranked among the nation's best and helped Villanova maintain its 100 percent graduation rate among athletes who have remained in the program for four years.
During this period he was also responsible for scheduling, academic oversight, and coordination with Villanova's NCAA Compliance Office.
Prior to becoming an assistant coach Donnelly served as the program's director of basketball operations. In that slot he handled an assortment of duties vital to the function of the men's basketball office. In that period he was primarily focused on off-court player development, including academics and scheduling.
In the summer of 2007, Donnelly enjoyed the unique experience of serving as the administrative assistant/manager for the United States' entry in the Pan American Games. He coordinated the trials held in Haverford, Pa., and the team's travel en route to Brazil, while assisting the coaching staff with a variety of off-court tasks working under the supervision of USA Men's Basketball Director Sean Ford. Donnelly came to Villanova from Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va., where he served as the lead assistant coach to Joe Wootten from 1999-2005. In his final four seasons on the staff Bishop O'Connell posted a record of 116-19 (.859) and was consistently ranked in the national top 25.
Prior to that stint, Donnelly began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. During that time Muhlenberg won the 1998 Centennial Conference Tournament championship and was a participant in the Division III NCAA Tournament that year.
As an undergraduate, Donnelly earned a history degree from Muhlenberg and played varsity basketball for coach Dave Madiera, the school's all-time leader in coaching victories.
Donnelly, a native of Colonia, N.J., and his wife Rachel - who earned a Master's degree from Villanova in 2011 in Clinical Mental Health - make their home in Bryn Mawr, Pa. The couple welcomed a son, Aidan, to their family in May 2010 and a daughter, Raelyn in May 2012.