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Today in Central Florida sports history: Former UF basketball coach Billy Donovan celebrates 55th birthday

"Billy the Kid” Donovan’s fast-paced, sharp-shooting style captivated basketball fans as he led an unlikely run by Providence College to the 1987 Final Four.

At the age of 28, Donovan became the youngest head coach in the game at Marshall University before leaving three years later for UF, where he would make basketball relevant at a football school.

Today, Donovan turns 55. Billy the Kid is now a father of four, with a Hall of Fame coaching résumé and the Gators’ home court named after him.

Donovan left Gainesville in 2015 for the Oklahoma City Thunder, fulfilling a dream to coach in the NBA.