UMKC introduces Billy Donlon as new men's basketball head coach

Posted: 7:39 AM, Mar 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-30 18:35:42-04
Billy Donlon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri-Kansas City officially introduced former Northwestern assistant Billy Donlon on Friday. Donlon will take over its men's basketball program, which has never qualified for the NCAA Tournament at the Division I level.

At the press conference, Donlon expressed his gratitude for being hired and his goals for the future.

"We can't as coaches and players guarantee the ball to go in or guarantee that last call to go your way, but i can guarantee you how we play. the style in which we play," Donlon said. "There's no doubt we will compete for WAC championships."

Donlon spent six years as head coach at Wright State, going 109-94 while leading the program to three 20-win seasons and three Horizon League title games. He also spent time working under John Beilein at Michigan and as an assistant at his alma mater North Carolina-Wilmington.

The 42-year-old Donlon takes over for Kareem Richardson, who was fired after going 75-118 over six seasons with the Roos. His best season was 2016-17, when he went 18-17 and made the CBI tournament.

The Roos were 11-21 and 6-10 in the Western Athletic Conference this past season.

41 Action News sports reporter Ryan Marshall also contributed to this report.