Casey McDonald became head coach of Gents lacrosse in August of 2017. He will be tasked with recruting for 2017-18 with expectation of the first season coming in the spring of 2019.
A 2006 graduate of LSU, McDonald served as the head coach for the LSU women’s lacrosse club from 2012-2015. He was in charge of every aspect of the program, including in-season and off-season conditioning, organization and execution of team meetings, fundraising, league/conference participation, and practices and games. He helped the team grow from 18 to 29 players, and led the Tigers to a playoff berth in each of the first three years of existence. The LSU women’s lacrosse club won the 2015 Texas Women’s Lacrosse League Division II Conference Championship and a berth in the national tournament.
McDonald has been an assistant or head coach at the high school or college level for the past eight years. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach of the Lafayette Hurricanes Youth Lacrosse club. He assisted with three different age groups as coach as well as implemented summer lacrosse programs for youth, continuing to grow the game and provide players for both the Lafayette club teams and local high schools.
Prior to his three seasons at his alma mater, he served as the head lacrosse and assistant JV football coach at University High School in Orlando, Florida. In only his second season with the Cougars, he garnered Metropolitan Orlando Interscholastic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors and was named a finalist for the Central Florida US Lacrosse Coach of the Year award.
In his tenure at University High School, the Cougars program increased from 19 varsity players to 28 varsity and 22 junior varsity athletes. McDonald led the program to its best three-year stretch in program history, including its first playoff appearance. He mentored the first University high school student-athlete to ever make an NCAA lacrosse roster.
In addition to working with the high school, McDonald served as an assistant coach at Rollins College in 2011 and 2012. He helped the Tar’s men’s lacrosse team with offense, defense, and goalies, while also assisting with recruiting and fundraising.
McDonald received his master’s in athletic administration from Ohio University in December of 2012. He and his wife, Ashley, have three children, Collin, Carsyn, and Carolyn.