- BORN: April 15, 1969
- HOMETOWN: Spanaway, Washington
- COLLEGE: Washington State University (B.A., 1992; M.A. 1993)
- COACHING EXPERIENCE: Washington State University, 1992-94, graduate assistant coach, 1994-95, assistant track and field coach.
- WSU APPOINTMENT: 1994 - Assistant track and field coach
Mark Macdonald has a career of consistently coaching student-athletes to banner seasons. An outstanding Cougar track and field student-athlete, Macdonald has coached at WSU for the past 19 seasons, mentoring the hurdlers and working with Ellannee Richardson coaching the relays. He also serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator. Macdonald was named the 2009 USTFCCCA West Region men’s team Assistant Track Coach of the Year. He is credited with bringing in back-to-back women's recruiting classes ranked among the top ten nationally by Track & Field News. In the past nine years, WSU’s recruiting classes have included over 100 state or junior college champions.
Cougar hurdlers have consistently scored in the conference and national championships meets. Recent highlights include Jeshua Anderson’s intermediate hurdles win at the USA Outdoor Championships after claiming four consecutive Pac-10 titles and three NCAA crowns. Anderson was also the 2008 USA Junior and World Junior title-holder, and 2010 NACAC intermediate hurdles champion. His time of 47.93 seconds is the all-time best at WSU and he was a finalist for the 2011 Bowerman Award.
Macdonald coached Ellannee Richardson in her transition from heptathlon to the 400m hurdles where she achieved a PR of 55.61 and finished ninth at the 2004 Olympic Trials.
Pac-10 Conference champions wearing crimson and gray who were coached by Macdonald in addition to Anderson include Arend Watkins (2001, 110m hurdles), Anson Henry (2002, 100m and 200m), Anthony Buchanan (2003 and 2004, 100m dash), Lorraine King (2009, 400m hurdles), and Anna Layman (2011, 800m). Henry went on to be a member of the Canadian men’s Olympic team in 2004 and 2008. Macdonald protégé Randi Smith finished second in the women's 400m hurdles at the 2000 USATF Junior National Championships with a school record time of 57.07 which was also the fifth-fastest time in the world that year for a junior competitor (ages 14-19).
On the national championships level Macdonald coached Layman to two All-America certificates (2008, 2010), former USA record-holder Dominique Arnold to the men’s 110m hurdles NCAA title in 1996, and Arend Watkins to two top-eight NCAA finishes. Eric Dudley, a two-time All-American intermediate hurdler and the 2003 CoSIDA/Verizon Track & Field Academic All-American of the Year, competed in both the 2004 and 2008 US Olympic Trials. At the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Macdonald had Cougars competing in all four hurdles events - the only Division I program to accomplish that feat.
During his coaching tenure, Macdonald has mentored nine men and 12 women student-athletes to achieve top ten times in WSU’s all-time hurdles records. The men’s high hurdlers include Arnold (1996 - 13.46, 2nd), Watkins (2000 - 13.47, 3rd), Anderson (2011 - 13.78, 7th), and Matt Mason (2004 - 13.81, 8th). The men’s intermediate hurdlers include Anderson (2011 - 47.93, 1st), John Cassleman (2006 - 49.53, 3rd), Dudley (2003 - 49.59, 4th), Barry Leavitt (2008 - 50.44, 7th), and J Hopkins (2011 - 50.99, 10th). Macdonald-coached women on the high hurdles records are Agneta Rosenblad (2001 - 13.48, 2nd), Randi Smith (2000 - 13.72, 4th), Shaquana Logan (2012 - 13.76, 6th), Tamara Gulley (2002 - 13.77, 7th), and Attrina Higgins (2000 - 13.86, t-10th). Intermediate hurdlers listed in the WSU records include Smith (2000 - 57.07, 1st), King (2009 - 57.51, 2nd), Monique Jessie (2003 - 58.32, 3rd), Veronica Elseroad-Wall (2010 - 59.46, 5th), Logan (2010 - 59.76, 6th), Nicky Booth (1997 - 1:00.21, 7th), and Erin Allen (2013 - 1:00.50, 9th).
Macdonald has also directed the school’s record-holders in the women’s 4x100m relay team - Attrina Higgins, LaTroya Mucker, Ellannee Richardson and Francesca Green - to a 44.50 time to win the title at 1999 at the Pac-10 Championships. The 2003 4x400m relay team of Tiffany Giles, Monique Jessie, Angelita Green and Ellannee Richardson set the school indoor record of 3:35.49 and finished seventh at the NCAA meet. With Tamara Gulley running in place of Green that same year, the relay set the WSU outdoor record of 3:33.65.
After a successful prep career as a multi-sport athlete at Bethel High School where his father Mike was the track and field coach, Macdonald achieved All-America status as an intermediate hurdler at Washington State. Macdonald’s 400m hurdles seventh place finish in the 1992 NCAA Championships at Austin, Texas, was his third appearance at a national championship.
He served as the team captain of WSU’s 1992 National Dual Meet Champion squad and competed in the 400m hurdles at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials. Macdonald was twice named to the All-Pac-10 Academic Track and Field Team and honored as WSU’s Pac-10 1992 Conference Medal Winner.
Macdonald graduated from WSU with a B.A. in Social Studies Education in 1992, and earned a master’s degree in Athletic Administration in 1993.