Donnie Quinn, who won three state championships as a high school coach and compiled 476 overall wins, enters his first season as an assistant coach at The University of Alabama. In addition to coaching and player development, Quinn will be responsible for the team's academics, individual workouts, player communication and scheduling, in addition to assisting with scouting and recruiting.
Prior to arriving at the Capstone, Quinn spent five seasons as the head girls' basketball coach at Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala. His successful run with the Lady Buccaneers, included advancing to four straight 6A state championships games and winning the crown in 2010 and 2012. After only one season with the program, Quinn was named the Birmingham Tip Off Club Coach of the Year. Throughout his tenure, he had numerous players earn NCAA Division I scholarship offers. Quinn's Lady Buc teams won 30 or more games in each of his five seasons and ranked 11th or higher in ESPN's final national rankings during two of those seasons.
Quinn served as the head girls basketball coach at West Monroe (La.) High School from 2000-07. In his fourth season at the helm, the Rebels compiled a 39-1 record en route to capturing the 5A state championship. In 2005 and 2006, Quinn's teams placed nationally in the USA Today poll, coming in at No. 6 and No. 20, respectively. West Monroe won district championships in four of his seven seasons and finished as the runner-up in two of the other three years.
In 1995, Quinn was hired to the staff at the University of Louisiana Monroe, where he spent five years as the assistant head women's basketball coach, recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator. Quinn helped coach the Warhawks to what then was the biggest turnaround in NCAA history, transforming a 5-21 team to a 19-9 squad one year later. Under his tutelage, ULM went from next-to-last in the Southland Conference to tied for first in only two years. The Warhawks were responsible for ending Stephen F. Austin's 44-game conference winning streak, posting a 90-87 overtime win during the 1997-98 season. As recruiting coordinator, Quinn brought in many top-notch student-athletes who went on to earn numerous all-conference, all-tournament and all-academic honors.
In addition to coaching women's basketball, Quinn had several stops on the boys side, leading various top programs in Louisiana. He began his coaching career in 1979 at Crescent City Baptist High School in New Orleans, where he was the assistant coach until 1982 when he became head coach for three seasons. From there, Quinn moved on to St. Martin's Episcopal High School, also in New Orleans, where he spent one year as the assistant head boys basketball coach and assistant football coach.
Quinn earlier had stints at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge (1986-88), Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero (1988-89), Plaquemine High School (1989-91) and West Monroe High School (1992-95). While at Archbishop Shaw, he helped the Eagles claim their first state championships in boys basketball.
Quinn, a native of New Orleans, graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1979 with a degree in physical education. He and his wife Lori have two children: Lacey, who is a sophomore at Alabama, and Clayton.