The newest face on the Tennessee Tech football staff is also a
familiar face for head coach Watson Brown, and a veteran with 25
years experience. Brown announced the addition of Pat Donohoe to
the Golden Eagle coaching staff in January. Donohoe will direct
Tennessee Tech’s defensive ends.
Donohoe not only brings nearly 25 years experience as a Division I football assistant coach to Tech, he also returns to a role he previously had under Brown’s direction.
A 1977 graduate of Wayne (Neb.) State, Donohoe coached for 10 years at UAB on the Blazer staff (1995-2004) under Brown. He spent six years in the private sector, then returned to the coaching ranks last year at Austin Peay.
Donohoe coached from 1995 to 2004 at UAB. Under his guidance, the Blazer defensive line was considered one of the nation's best. During the 2001 season, UAB had the No. 1-ranked rush defense nationally and was No. 5 in total defense.
In April of 2002, defensive end Bryan Thomas became the Blazers' first-ever player selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Defensive tackle Eddie Freeman was tabbed soon after as a second-round choice of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Thomas was the third No. 1 draft choice coached by Donohoe. He coached both Eugene Lockhart (1984/Dallas Cowboys) and Lamar Lathon (1990/Houston Oilers) while at the University of Houston for 12 seasons (1980-92), where his duties ranged from coaching linebacker to serving as special teams coach and recruiting coordinator.
Donohoe joined Brown’s staff at UAB in January 1995, after two seasons as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State working with the defensive staff under head coach Jackie Sherrill.
Prior to Mississippi State, Donohoe was on staff at the
University of Houston for 12 years. He was a part-time coach for
three seasons (1980-82) before being promoted to full-time status
in 1983. Donohoe spent the next nine years as a full-time assistant
with the Cougars. His duties at Houston ranged from linebackers to
recruiting coordinator to special teams.
Donohoe began his coaching career with a two-year stint at Boyden-Hill High School in Iowa. After spending one year each as first an assistant and then head coach, Donohoe returned to his alma mater, Wayne (Neb.) State University, as a graduate assistant.
During his playing days at Wayne State, Donohoe was a four-year starter at middle guard and earned NAIA All-America honors as Wayne State's athlete of the year in his senior season.
In three seasons, he was named both all-conference and the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player. In 1998, he was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.