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Donnie MacDonald

Role: Assistant Coach

Nationality: Scottish

Professional Qualifications

Associate Professor of Physiotherapy, MSc, BA (Hons), MCSP, FHEA

Year joined Caledonia Pride

2017

Donnie was brought up on the Isle of Skye. He began playing basketball in high school and under the coaching of Bill Edgar his passion for the sport quickly grew. He obtained his level 2 coaching qualification whilst playing as captain at Bangor University in Wales.

After coaching male and female teams at local, university and Scottish National League level in Dundee and Aberdeen for a number of years, Donnie took up his first National Team position as Team Manager for the U14s boys. He progressed from here to National Team Assistant Coach for the U15 and U16 Boys.

Tayside Musketeers were the next club to have the benefit of Donnie’s coaching where he spent 5 years coaching the senior women’s team who successfully reached multiple Scottish finals. During this time and whilst continuing his full-time employment as a university lecturer, he also engaged in further National Team service travelling to Bulgaria as Assistant Coach to the U16s men at the European Championships Division B and later Head Coach to the U15s Scotland Development Women’s Squad. A further trip to the European Championships Division B in Bosnia saw Donnie as the Head Coach to the U18s women’s team. After this, Donnie travelled to the Malaysian Invitational Tournament as an assistant with Scotland Women’s National Team.

In 2018, a move to the Auld Reekie gave Donnie the opportunity to work with Caledonia Pride assisting Bart Sengers to establish Scotland’s first women’s team in the WBBL. At this time, he also took the Head Coach position with the Edinburgh University Team and continued working with National Teams taking the U16 women’s team the European Championships Division C in Moldova in both 2018 and 2019. His latest National duties included the Tri-Nations Tournament in Manchester with the Scotland U18 women.

At present Donnie has taken a sabbatical from his academic career and now devotes his time fully to Caledonia Pride, the University of Edinburgh basketball teams and the Scottish National Academy, striving to develop Scottish basketball.

Interesting Fact

Hopes and Aspirations
I want Pride to become a consistent contender in the WBBL whilst continuing to provide opportunities for the best Scottish players to compete in professional basketball.

Biggest off Court Accomplishment
I established one of the first Exercise After Stroke programmes in Scotland during my time working as a physiotherapist in the NHS. Better yet, this programme still runs today.

Favourite Movie
Moneyball

Sporting Hero’s
Michael Jordan, Maya Moore

Inspirational Coach
Greg Popovich

Quote to Live by
“No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all.”

Dream dinner party guests

Pep Guardiola
Pat Summit
Greg Popovich
Geno Auriemma

What a conversation on coaching that would be!