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Head Women's Hockey Coach

Rochester Institute of Technology
96 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester , New York 14623
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1829, RIT is an internationally recognized leader in professional and career-oriented education enrolling more than 15,000 students in eight colleges....   more

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  • bachelor’s degree , communication studies
    Niagara University
  • bachelor's degree , communication studies
    Niagara University
  • Bachelor's degree , Communications
    Niagara University
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RIT Athletics - Staff Directory, 25 Sept 2014 [cached]
Scott McDonald
Scott McDonald Head Coach
Phone: 585-475-7148 Email:
Scott McDonald, the program’s all-time leader in coaching wins, begins his ninth season as the head women’s hockey coach at RIT, and third at the Division I level. In his tenure, McDonald has transformed the Tigers into one of the most successful and respected teams in all of college hockey and will lead his team into the 4,300-seat Gene Polisseni Center in 2014-15.
The Tigers made history in just their second season as a Division I program last year, winning the College Hockey America Championship, 2-1 in double overtime against Mercyhurst University, who advanced to the 2014 Frozen Four. RIT won its final seven games of the season and finished with a 20-15-3 mark.
On March 17, 2012, McDonald and RIT made history by defeating Norwich 4-1 to claim its first NCAA Division III Championship in its final season at that level. The Tigers opened and ended the year with two 14-game winning streaks and were the No. 1 team in the nation for 18 weeks during the season, finishing with an NCAA record 28 wins (28-1-1).
Three days later, RIT announced its intention to move to the Division I level. McDonald and the Tigers made a successful transition to the Division I ranks in 2012-13, as the team finished 16-16-5 and advanced to the College Hockey America Semifinals.
In his seven seasons as head coach at RIT, McDonald has compiled an overall record of 171-53-18 (.744 winning percentage). He is Division III’s all-time leader with a .835 winning percentage and is RIT’s all-time leader in coaching victories, earning his 100th win at RIT on Jan. 29, 2011 vs. Buffalo State. He became the second fastest coach in Division III history to reach that milestone (128 games).
McDonald, the 2011 ECAC West Coach of the Year, has led the Tigers to three NCAA Division III Tournament berths, two ECAC West Championships, and one CHA title. The Tigers won at least 19 games in each of his first six seasons behind the bench and have won at least 20 games five times.
In 2007-08, despite moving to the toughest conference and playing the hardest schedule in the nation, McDonald led his team to a 19-7-0 record with wins over national champion SUNY Plattsburgh, No. 3 Amherst, No. 4 Elmira, and No. 9 Utica.
McDonald led the Tigers to a 21-3-2 record in 2008-09; they were ranked second nationally, the highest in program history.
McDonald led the Western team to the Gold Medal at the 2010 Empire State Games in Buffalo. He also served as an assistant coach with the IK Viking Ishockeyklubb’s junior team in Sweden.
A 2000 graduate of Niagara University, McDonald played defense for the Purple Eagles â€" and then coach and former standout RIT defenseman Blaise MacDonald â€" from 1996-2000. He was part of the school’s inaugural freshman and first graduating classes as a Division I program. During his senior year, he helped Niagara, in only its fourth season, to an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, beating the University of New Hampshire in the northeast regional. He also helped Niagara to an undefeated season in the College Hockey America conference (15-0-2, 30-8-4 overall), as well as the CHA regular season and tournament championships.
McDonald later served as an assistant at Utica College for one season before moving to RIT to serve as the assistant coach for the RIT men’s hockey program from 2003-06. He put forth an outstanding effort in recruiting talented student-athletes as the men’s squad made the leap to Division I in 2005.
McDonald, a native of Oakville, Ontario, is the only person in NCAA history to play at the Division I and III level, and coach at both divisions on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Prior to college, he played in Toronto for the St. Michael’s Buzzers and the North York Rangers.
Professionally, McDonald played in Hagfors, Sweden, for the IK Viking Ishockeyklubb. Prior to that, McDonald played with the San Angelo (Texas) Outlaws of the Western Professional Hockey League.
McDonald earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Niagara University in 2000. A native of Oakville, Ontario, McDonald lives in Victor, N.Y. with his wife, Christina, and daughters, Summer and Sienna.
NYSCA Panelists Bios | New York State Council on the Arts, 16 June 2008 [cached]
Scott McDonald is professor Emeritus at Utica College of Syracuse University. He has taught film history and programmed film events at Bard College, Hamilton College, Harvard University and Colgate University; is author of "A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmakers"; "Avant-Garde Film/Motion Studie"; "Screen Writings: Scripts and Texts by Independent Filmakers"; and "The Garden in the Machine: A Field guide to Independent films about Place".
RIT Athletics - Staff Directory, 25 Sept 2014 [cached]
Scott McDonald Head Coach 585-475-7148
RIT extends ..., 13 June 2014 [cached]
RIT extends McDonald
Scott McDonald, head coach of the RIT women's team, signed a four-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season last month.
McDonald, who recently completed his eighth season behind the bench at RIT, led the Tigers to the CHA championship in just their second season as a Division 1 program. RIT was not eligible for the NCAA tournament due to a two-year probationary period from moving to Division 3 to Division 1.
"We are thrilled to have secured Scott's services for another four years. :: U.S. College Hockey Online, 13 June 2014 [cached]
"With Shivaun's departure, promoting Matt was an easy decision," said RIT head coach Scott McDonald in a statement.
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