Dennis Donaldson
Dennis Donaldson
Title: 2010 Inductee (Basketball 1967-1971)

Dennis F. Donaldson was born on December 10, 1948 in Washington, DC.  He competed in Basketball as well as Track and Field for Anacostia High School before graduation in 1967 and heading south to the University of Corpus Christi.

Donaldson began his illustrious basketball career at UCC in 1967.  He was a member of the 1968-1969 NAIA National Tournament team which finished the season with a thirteen game winning streak. He served as team captain for the UCC Tarpons for 3 years from 1968-1971 and received Honorable Mention recognition as a Small College All-American in 1969-1970.  He was active off the court as well being named “Who’s Who in American Colleges” and Mr. University of Corpus Christi during his junior year (1969-1970).  During his senior year he was selected as the Circle K Player of the Year and voted Most Likely to Succeed by his classmates.

 Donaldson graduated from UCC with a B.S. in Physical Education and Social Studies in 1971 and had a tryout with the New Jersey Nets of the old ABA that same year.  He earned a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1974 at which time he began his teaching and coaching career.  From 1974-1979, Donaldson served as a Physical Education teacher and Head Basketball coach at Comeaux High School Lafayette, La.  He moved up in the coaching ranks as he accepted a position as the Assistant Basketball Coach at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and served in that position from 1979-1986.  Donaldson would then move his family to Florida where he served as the Associate Basketball Coach at the University of South Florida from 1986-1996.  Some of his coaching highlights include five NIT Tournament appearances, one NIT Final Four appearance, four NCAA Tournament Appearances, a Great Alaska Shootout Championship, and Sugar Bowl Championship. 
After 18 seasons in the college ranks, Donaldson accepted a position at Blake High School in Tampa Bay, Fl. where he served as a Physical Education teacher and Head Basketball Coach from 1996-2000.  From Blake, he would move to Alonso High School in Tampa Bay where he served as a Physical Education teacher and Head Basketball Coach from 2001-2006.  Donaldson would retire the whistle and tennis shoes for a coat and tie when he decided to earn an Educational Leadership Degree. He accepted the position as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Alonso from 2006-2008 before being promoted to Assistant Principal for Administration at King HS, where he serves today.
Donaldson has numerous professional affiliations including the Florida High School Coaches Association, Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association, Phi Delta Kappa, National Association of Basketball Coaches, and Assistant Coaches Board of Directors.  He was recognized as High School Coach of the Year in 1979 by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and was also served as an Assistant Coach to John Thompson for the 1988 Olympic Selection Committee.

While attending UCC, Donaldson met his bride of 37 years, Lois Donaldson, a former UCC cheerleader and Homecoming Queen. They have two sons: Derek and Sean.