Born in the Philadelphia suburb of Havertown, Pennsylvania, Donaghy attended Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania along with three other NBA referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, and Ed Malloy.  Donaghy graduated with a degree in marketing and sales. He performed on the school’s baseball team while at Villanova. According to the National Basketball Referee’s Association, Donaghy participated and won All-Catholic and All-Delaware County honors in baseball and All-Delaware County honors in basketball during high school, but –Villanova baseball trainer George Bennett contends that Donaghy didn’t play on the varsity team and that no records indicate that he was selected to the All-Catholic team in baseball or named to the All-Delaware County baseball team.
Donaghy and his wife Kimberly wed in 1995. They have four brothers. Back in September, 2007 Kim filed for divorce.
Officiating career Before officiating in the NBA, Donaghy spent five years officiating at Pennsylvania high school basketball and seven seasons at the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), and he was the head official for the 1993 CBA All-Star Game. The next year, he joined the NBA, where he worked for 13 decades, officiating in 772 regular-season matches and 20 playoff matches. Donaghy was a participant in the NBA’s Read to Achieve program, where he participated in an event in the Universal Charter college throughout the 2002 NBA Finals. [ His number was 21.
Donaghy was among 3 referees who worked the Pacers–Pistons brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills on November 19, 2004, which ended in a fight between Pacers players and Pistons fans.]
During a 2003 regular-season match, Donaghy called a technical foul on Rasheed Wallace, then playing with the Portland Trail Blazers, for throwing a ball at another official during a game. Wallace faced Donaghy after the match, threatening him, screaming obscenities and, according Donaghy. Wallace was suspended for seven games; this was the longest suspension issued from the league to get an event not involving violence or drugs.
Read more: footballdialogue.net