Craig McDonald named new head coach of RMU men’s lacrosse team

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Craig McDonald was named head coach of RMU men’s lacrosse.

By Robert Bradley, Contributor

On Monday, Vice President and Director of Athletics at Robert Morris University, Chris King, announced that Craig McDonald would be the new head coach of the men’s lacrosse team.

McDonald fills the position that was left vacant by Andrew McMinn, who departed for Utah.

Before arriving at Robert Morris, McDonald spent the past seven seasons at UMass, beginning his tenure as an assistant coach before being promoted in 2018 to Associate Head Coach. Furthermore, as a member of the Minutemen, McDonald served as a recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator.

In his time with UMass, McDonald helped the Minutemen take part in three Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship games, with a win in the 2018 CAA tournament and the opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament. The Minutemen have amassed a 31-18 (.633) record with McDonald on their coaching staff over the past four seasons.

Before UMass, McDonald began his collegiate coaching career at Union College (2008-2010). Also, McDonald served as an assistant coach at Siena (2010-2011) and Rutgers (2011-2014), serving as a defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and goalie coach.

Moreover, McDonald was a four-year member of the defense corps at Albany, helping the Great Danes reach an NCAA tournament berth in 2005 and 2007 as a three-time All-American honoree.

In a statement from rmucolonials.com, King remarked upon the hiring of McDonald.

“Today is an exciting day for RMU Athletics and the men’s lacrosse program. Selecting Craig McDonald as our new head coach sets the course for a new era of success in all phases of our program. He’s been part of championship-level lacrosse at UMass, and he will bring that kind of competitiveness to RMU lacrosse.”