Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Jim Donnan

Jim Donnan


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Marshall, Georgia
  • Years: 1990-2000
  • Inducted: 2009
  • Place of Birth: Laurens, SC
  • Date of Birth: Jan 29, 1945

Member Biography

Jim Donnan has had success coaching in both the FCS and FBS, leading Marshall and Georgia to national prominence. Donnan spent six seasons with Marshall and posted a 64-21 record. Donnan led the Thundering Herd to four Division I-AA National Championship games, winning the 1992 national title. In 1994, the Thundering Herd won the Southern Conference Championship. His 15-4 playoff record ranks second best in NCAA FCS history. He was named Division I- AA Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1995. His great success eventualy led Marshall into the ranks of major college football. In 1996, Donnan took the headcoaching job at Georgia. From 1997-2000, the Bulldogs won four consecutive bowl games and pushed Donnan's postseason record to 19-4 overall. The 1997 SEC Coach of the Year, was also a top flight assistant coach as the offensive coordinator for the 1985 National Champion Oklahoma Sooners.