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Macdonald hired as track & field assistant coach

Photo By: TBD   09-02-2014

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The Oregon State track and field program has hired veteran Mark Macdonald as a new assistant, head coach Kelly Sullivan announced Tuesday.

Macdonald will coach the sprints, hurdles, short and long relays, and help current assistant Collin Cram with the jumpers as OSU transitions into a comprehensive program with entrants in every event.

Macdonald has 22 years of Division I coaching experience at Washington State, where he was an All-American hurdler. He worked with the sprints, hurdles and relays and was also the team’s recruiting coordinator. Two of his recent women’s recruiting classes were ranked in the top 10 nationally by Track & Field News.

He was the 2009 USTFCCA West Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. He also coached intermediate hurdler Jeshua Anderson, a finalist for the 2011 Bowerman Award.

“I am so excited to be joining coach Kelly Sullivan as he continues in his efforts in the resurgence of Oregon State track and field,” said Macdonald, who was a 1992 All-American; a 1992 Pac-10 Conference Medal winner; a 1992 team captain and a 1991-92 Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the Cougars, and a 1992 US Olympic Trials participant.

“Coach Sullivan and coach Cram have so much positive energy and passion that it is contagious. I can really feel a genuine excitement about Beaver track and field throughout the entire athletic department, the campus and the Corvallis community. I am honored to now be a part of it.

“One of the biggest surprises to me is how much talent is already on the team.  The recent recruiting efforts have all the event areas covered at a high level. This is a team that can make an impact in the Pac-12 conference this year. But even more exciting, the team is set up to be great when we host the conference meet in 2017.”

Macdonald coached numerous conference and NCAA individual and relay champions and All-Americans at WSU, most notably Anderson, a three-time NCAA champion, four-time Pac-12 champion, and USA champion.

He coached NCAA champions Dominique Arnold and Ebba Jungmark; conference champions Anna Layman; Lorraine King; Sara Trane’; Anthony Buchanan; Anson Henry, Agneta Rosenblad; Eric Dudley and Arend Watkins, and All-Americans Matt Mason and John Cassleman.

Sullivan said Macdonald’s long history of coaching successes and familiarity with Pac-12 made him stand out among an outstanding group of candidates.

“Any time you can get a hire of Mark’s caliber, and the fact he’s been in the Pac-12 for 20 years, is perfect. It’s perfect timing for us, perfect timing for him and he brings a lot of Division I and Pac-12 experience.”

Macdonald is a native of Spanaway, Wash., who attended Bethel High School. He graduated from WSU in 1992 with a B.A. in Social Studies Education and earned a master’s degree in Athletic Administration from WSU in 1993.