Coach Donley brings eight years of experience as a coach and student-athlete to Daytona State College. Donley started his playing career at Northwest Florida State with additional playing time at Liberty University and Morehead State University. Once his studies and playing career ended, Donley took up coaching and made stops at Pensacola State and East Tennessee State.
During the 2017-18 season, Donley was an assistant coach for the Pensacola State Pirates. PSC finished with a record of 17-12 and finished 3rd in the Panhandle Conference. Coach Donley assisted four students who earned All-Conference accolades.
Prior to his time in Pensacola, Donley was a Graduate Assistant at East Tennessee State under the tutelage of Steve Forbes. While in Johnson City, Donley helped the Bucs win 51 games in two years with back to back appearances in the SoCon Conference Tournament Championship game. He aided in the development of six All-Conference selections, one SoCon Player of the Year, and the SoCon Tournament MVP. In his final year, the Bucs won the SoCon Conference Tournament and earned a bid in the 2017 NCAA Tournament where they met the Florida Gators in the round of 64.
“Coach Donley brings a tremendous amount of success as a player and coach to our program,” said Brock Morris, Daytona State College Head Men’s Basketball Coach. “He was a fantastic player in our Region and has seen what a national title contender looks like at the Junior College level. Chad has also been to the NCAA Tournament twice, which speaks volumes to what he can add to our culture. His ability to relate to our players and create value for them is second to none. Coach Donley is a rising star and I am excited to have him as a part of our staff.”
Donley began his college playing career at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. Redshirting his first year, Donley became a starter the next season on the Raiders squad who finished with a record of 32-2, won the Panhandle Conference Championship, Region XIII Championship, and were the NJCAA National Runner-Ups.
Upon graduating from NWF, Donley signed a D-I scholarship to Liberty University. He spent two seasons with the Flames. In his first year, the Flames captured the 2013 Big South Championship and earned a bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Donley graduated from Liberty with one year left of eligibility where he opted to transfer to Morehead State as a graduate transfer. During his time in Morehead State, the Eagles went 17-17 and advanced to the OVC Semi-Final game where they came up short to 25th ranked Murray State.
“I have admired Daytona State from afar since I was a player. The city, the people, and the program are first class. I am excited and humbled Coach Morris has given me this opportunity to be a part of a special place.”
Originally, from Baker, Florida, Donley earned his Bachelors from Liberty University in Interdisciplinary Studies with cognates in business and communication. He earned his master’s degree from East Tennessee State in Sport Management.