He’s no longer Billy The Kid, but Florida coach Billy Donovan is still young in college basketball coaching circles.

Donovan turned 48 on Thursday. He’s the dean of Southeastern Conference men’s basketball coaches, with 17 years of experience at Florida, and 19 overall. But because Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley took a chance on hiring Donovan a few months shy of his 31st birthday, Donovan has managed to put together an impressive resume at a young age.

Donovan’s 450 college coaching wins before his 48th birthday are more than future Hall of Fame coaches Mike Krzyzewski (431), Jim Boeheim (391) and Rick Pitino (354) accumulated before that age.

Here’s a look at how Donovan compares to some coaching icons when they turned 48:


Billy Donovan

Wins: 450

Winning pct: .708

Final Fours: 3

National Titles: 2


Bobby Knight:

Wins: 482

Winning pct: .729

Final Fours: 4

National Titles: 3


Mike Krzyzewski

Wins: 431

Winning pct: .698

Final Fours: 7

National Titles: 2


Rick Pitino

Wins: 354

Winning pct: .734

Final Fours: 4

National Titles: 1


Jim Boeheim

Wins: 391

Winning pct: .759

Final Fours: 1

National Titles: 0


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