Ryan McDonald is entering his second year as the head coach of the men's soccer team and sixth overall season on AC's coaching staff.
In his first season as head coach, McDonald guided the Bulldogs to an 8-8-1 mark, setting a school record for most wins by a first-year head coach. Adrian finished tied for second in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), the second straight year AC finished second and hosted an MIAA semifinal. The Bulldogs defeated Trine University in penalty kicks to advance to the championship game for the second consecutive year. Four members of the Black and Gold were named All-MIAA under McDonald, and senior Tad Davis was named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American®.
McDonald was an integral part of the historic milestones Adrian saw over his four seasons as an assistant coach, building the success the program has seen in recent years. In 2017, Adrian hosted its first-ever MIAA tournament home game and made its debut in the championship game after beating Hope College in the conference semifinals. The Bulldogs put together back-to-back winning seasons to compile a 22-14-2 record, tying the school record of 11 victories and placing as the MIAA regular-season runner-up for their highest finish ever. McDonald helped coach eight all-conference selections as an assistant, plus the program's first two CoSIDA Academic All-American® finalists in Tad Davis and Chris Stanhope in 2017.
McDonald graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in December 2011. He has been involved with the game of soccer since arriving on the Louisville campus in the fall of 2005. McDonald has worked as a camp counselor at the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University and Franklin Road Academy.
He has also worked with the Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club in a variety of roles. McDonald was a recreational soccer coach year-round since 2009 until accepting this position at Adrian College. He also was a club/select coach in the fall of 2011 and managed the overall youth program. McDonald served as head soccer coach at Waggener High School in the fall of 2013. In addition, he worked at Superkick/Teamzone in Columbus, Ohio as a facility operator and soccer trainer.
McDonald played four years for his alma mater and led the team in goals during his senior year. He ranked second on the team in scoring with 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists) and the Cardinals were 11-8-2 in 2008. He was elected the team most valuable player during his 2011 senior year, when he had eight goals and seven assists in 16 games.
After his collegiate career ended, the Nashville, Tenn., product played in the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) for the Louisville Lightning from 2009-13.
McDonald and his wife, Maggie, reside in Tecumseh, Mich.