Craig McDonald begins his second year as an assistant coach for the Siena men's lacrosse team. He is responsible for coaching the defense, recruiting and assist in the day-to-day operations of the program.
"I am very excited to have Craig join the Siena lacrosse staff as I have known him both as a player and coach over my six years here," head coach Brian Brecht said. "Craig was a standout defenseman at UAlbany and worked with legendary coach Paul Wehrum over at Union College the past two seasons. Craig has a great defensive mind and work ethic as a young professional and will be a welcome addition to our program."
In McDonald's first season at Siena, the Saints won a program record 13 games, capturing the MAAC Championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Saints finished the year ranking No. 20 nationally in both the USILA Coaches' Poll and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for the first time ever.
Prior to his appointment in Loudonville, McDonald coached at Union College in 2009 and 2010. Under his direction, the Union defense ranked second in the Liberty League and in the top-30 in Division III last season. He also coached the man-down unit which held opponents to a conversion percentage of 12.4%.
McDonald played four years of lacrosse at UAlbany, winning two America East Championships. He was a two-time All-American East Conference selection and a 2008 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mention pick. During his junior season, he helped lead the Great Danes to a school record in wins, and the team was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country. That squad made the school's first appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals.
McDonald graduated from UAlbany with a B.S. in sociology with an education minor.