- Dale Duff Reporting ([email protected])
After four seasons as coach of the Orono Red Riots girls basketball team, John Donato is stepping down.
The 74-year-old Donato is one of only nine high school coaches with over 500 wins. In his four seasons at Orono the Red Riots went 16-52.
Donato began his coaching career at Houlton High School. His Shiretowner girls teams won multiple regional and state Class B titles in the 1980s.
He also won a Class A state championship coaching at Lawrence High School in 2015.
Donato also spent time coaching at Messalonskee, Mt. View and Hall-Dale.
He was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.