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Jack Donohue, 70; Started Canadian Basketball Program

From Staff and Wire Reports

Jack Donohue, 70, the high school basketball coach of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who later established the Canadian national basketball program, died April 16 in Ottawa of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Donohue coached Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, at Power Memorial Academy in New York City.

He had a record of 163-30, including 71 straight victories from 1959 to 1965. After leaving Power, he coached Holy Cross from 1965 to 1972, where he had a record of 106-66.

A native of New York City, Donohue moved to Canada in the 1970s and established a national program. He served as head coach of the Canadian national team for 17 years, the longest tenure of any head coach in amateur or professional ranks in Canadian history.

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He led his team to the Olympics four times, finishing in fourth place in 1976 and 1984. After retiring from coaching in 1988, he became a motivational speaker.


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