Roland McDonald enters his third season as San Diego State's Head Diving Coach after being hired for the position during the summer of 2010. McDonald, a three-time conference coach-of-the-year honoree, arrived at SDSU after 11 seasons as the men's and women's Head Diving Coach at George Mason's University in Fairfax, Va.
During his tenure at George Mason, McDonald was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) diving Coach of the Year on three occasions (2005, 2006, 2010) and had a total of 29 of his divers qualify for the Zone `A' Championships. Three of his female divers earned CAA Diver of the Year honors and six were named the league's Rookie Diver of the Year. Additionally, two men were named CAA Diver of the Year while capturing four CAA Championship titles.
Last season McDonald coached sophomore Kristen Meier to honorable mention All-America honors after she competed at the annual NCAA Championship meet. The previous season (2010-11) Meier was named the Mountain West Diver of the Year after winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter board at the conference championships. While at George Mason he coached Meier to Colonial Athletic Association Diver of the Year honors and a trip to the NCAA Championships.
"I'm very happy to welcome Roland to the Aztec family," commented Shrader, "and I look forward to working with him in the future. He has a very impressive resumé and brings an incredible amount of experience to our program. He's a great diving coach who will have an immediate impact and help our student-athletes for years to come."
McDonald, a native of Milan, Mich., attended Clemson University from 1981-83, before obtaining his degree in chemical physics from Michigan State University in 1987. He was a Big Ten Conference finalist, an NCAA national finalist and was named Michigan State's MVP in 1986.
In over 25 years of coaching, McDonald has earned much respect, especially in the local area as reflected by his selection for numerous prestigious coaching assignments. Prior to his arrival at George Mason, McDonald worked at the Montgomery Dive Club, where he was employed as an assistant dive coach for a national top-10 program. In addition to assisting with the on-deck coaching of children from ages 5 to 18, the program also consisted of top senior athletes training and competing at the Olympic Trials.
McDonald also served as the head dive coach at the SuperNova Dive Club from 1996-97 before starting his own highly successful Patriot Dive Club based at George Mason University. Patriot Dive Club developed numerous top Junior and Senior National level divers over a period of 11 years.
Along with coaching, McDonald was a performer for both Global Productions and Florida's Cypress Garden. He performed stunt, springboard, comedy and high diving routines at various parks and festivals around the world. He was the Most Valuable Performer in both 1988 and 1990.
Other awards include being a three-time World Cup High Diving Champion, two-time Mediterranean Cup Champion and a three-time Acapulco Cliff Diving finalist. Since 1996, he has served as a vice president for promotions and special events for Global Productions.
McDonald and his wife, Jane, have three children including two sons, Skeeter and Michael, along with a daughter, Christa.