Ian McDonald wrapped up his 22nd season as the head men's soccer coach at Washington & Jefferson College in 2012. McDonald’s career record stands at 204-173-31 (.538).
McDonald passed a major milestone when he earned his 200th career coaching victory on Sept. 27, 2012 when W&J downed Franciscan 2-1.
The veteran coach has helped W&J claim three Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships (2003, 2004, 2007). The Presidents have competed in seven of the last 11 PAC Tournament Championship matches.
W&J has made seven postseason appearances (2 NCAA, 5 ECAC) in history, all of which have come under McDonald's leadership.
McDonald has coached the only two ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in men's soccer history in Chris Rihn '96 and Sean Maddock '11. Rihn, a member of the W&J Athletics Hall of Fame, was a two-time Academic All-American Third Team honoree (1994, 1995). Maddock earned second-team laurels after the 2010 season.
In 2007, W&J earned the PAC's first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament and hosted a first-round NCAA match for the first time in school history. McDonald guided W&J to its first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large bid in 2005 and the team set a school record for wins following a 15-6 season. In 2003, Washington & Jefferson captured its first-ever PAC Championship. McDonald is a four-time PAC Coach of the Year, earning the honor in 1994, 2003, 2004 and 2007.
McDonald has helped the Presidents reach the ECAC Tournament five times (1995, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010). In 2004, W&J advanced to the ECAC semifinals before falling to Swarthmore.
A former pro player with the Pittsburgh Stingers of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL), McDonald also played in one of the top amateur leagues in northern England from 1976 through 1981.
McDonald is a 1986 graduate of Davis & Elkins College where he was named a NCAA Division II First Team All-American, an All-South Regional All-American, a 1985 West Virginia All-Conference Selection, and was D&E’s 1983 Player’s Player of the Year selection. He was named the 1985 WVIAC MVP and was selected to the Budweiser Indoor Senior Bowl All-East Team in 1986.
Recently, McDonald was selected to the Davis & Elkins All-Time Best 11 Team for men's soccer, spanning the years of 1961 to 2009.
After college, McDonald worked as an assistant soccer coach at East Stroudsburg University and came to W&J in 1991 as the head men’s soccer coach. In 1994, he signed with the Pittsburgh Stingers of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL), a professional soccer team, in their inaugural season.
A native of Newcastle, England, McDonald has been coaching soccer at different levels for 24 years. He is a past member of the PA West Olympic Development coaching staff and holds a NSCAA Advanced Coaching Diploma and USSF Certification. He earned a bachelor’s in health and physical education from Davis & Elkins and a master’s degree in education from East Stroudsburg.