Mids record six first-place performances
A combined 8 events wins tallied by freshmen today
Fifth-straight sweep of titles
Mids win 29 of 32 events
Navy finished with an overall record of 288-164-10 (.634)
The three-time Patriot League Coach of the Year has guided his Mids to eight event titles at the Patriot League Championship in his short time on The Yard. That tally is twice the number of crowns won by divers from the remainder of the schools in the league.
MacDonald’s inaugural 2013-14 season was a successful one as his nine divers entered into the Patriot League Championship combined to score points in 17 of their 18 events and compiled 12 berths in the championship finals of the four events. Individually, Wil Mayo won both boards to be tabbed as the Patriot League Men’s Diver of the Year, while MacDonald himself was selected as the league’s diving coach of the year. Additionally, Mayo, Ben Freedman and D.J. Principato qualified for the NCAA Zone ‘A’ Championship.
That success continued in his second season as his six divers scored points in all 18 of their respective events, which led to MacDonald again being named as the league’s coach of the year. Individually, Nate Belch won both boards at the Patriot League Championship to be tabbed as the league’s diver of the year, Joe Esposito was the runner-up on the three meter, Julie Jesse won the league’s one-meter board and Amanda Zerphy placed second on the three meter. Additionally, each of those four divers competed at the 2015 NCAA Zone ‘A’ Diving Championship.
Navy’s divers had another successful season in 2015-16. On the men’s side, freshman Joe Kaszubowski was tabbed as the diver of the year in the league after winning the three meter and finishing in second place on the one meter, with Belch claiming the one-meter title and placing second on the three meter. Jesse was selected as the women’s diver of the league after she won the three-meter board and placed third in the one-meter competition.
Jesse (two events), Belch (two events), Love (two events) and Kaszubowski (three events) all competed at the NCAA Zone ‘A’ Diving Championship, with Kaszubowski advancing to the NCAA Championship in the platform diving event.
MacDonald arrived at Navy in the summer of 2013 after having served as the head diving coach at Virginia for the previous four seasons. One of his divers advanced to the NCAA Championship in each of his last two seasons. Briggy Imbriglia placed 13th on the platform at the 2012 national championship while J.B. Kolod placed 12th on the three meter –– the highest finish in an event by a Virginia diver at the meet in school history –– in 2013. The two are the lone Virginia divers to have earned NCAA All-America recognition.
Additionally, a minimum of three Virginia divers qualified for the NCAA Zone Championship meet in each of his four years, with all nine of his divers advancing to the 2013 event. Virginia swept the men’s and women’s Atlantic Coast Conference swimming and diving team titles and recorded a combined seven top-20 showings in the final team standings at the respective NCAA Championship meets during MacDonald’s four-year stint.
A 1997 graduate of Rhode Island, MacDonald began serving as the diving coach at his alma mater immediately upon his graduating from the school. He would coach a pair of conference champions and three NCAA Zone Championship meet qualifiers in his three seasons at Rhode Island.
MacDonald then became the first full-time diving coach in East Carolina history when he accepted the position in 2000. He guided at least one diver to the NCAA Zone Championship meet in all but one of his nine seasons at the school. Additionally, MacDonald’s divers broke every school diving record during his stint at the school, he saw eight of his divers final in multiple events at the conference championship and he coached Christie Icenhower to the 2005 Conference USA Freshman Diver-of-the-Year award.
In addition to his 19 years of coaching on the collegiate level, MacDonald has also spent considerable time coaching on the club level. This includes six years at the Fort Washington Swim Club in his hometown of Fort Washington, Pa., nine years at the Emerald City Dive Club in Greenville, N.C., and four years as the founder, owner and head coach of the Wahoo Diving Club in Charlottesville, Va.
MacDonald and his wife, Christie, are the parents of Bryan, who will turn two in early 2017.