Donnie MacDonald announced as the 3×3 Women’s National Team Head Coach
basketballscotland are pleased to announce that Donnie MacDonald has been appointed as Head Coach of our 3×3 Women’s National Team, who will be aiming to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, later this year. Despite basketball featuring in previous games, this will be the first time that the 3×3 format has made an appearance in the games 92-year history.
MacDonald is no stranger to Scotland teams having previously coached multiple youth teams at major European competitions over the years. MacDonald was also a part of the coaching staff for the Scotland women’s team during their Commonwealth Games qualifying tournament in Malaysia in 2017. More recently, he was a Performance Coach with the University of Edinburgh, as well as being a key figure in the coaching team for Scotland’s only professional women’s team, Caledonia Pride.
MacDonald now hopes to put his wealth of experience into the Women’s National Team as they compete in the postponed Commonwealth Game qualifying tournament later this year.
“There is no experience, for a player or coach, quite like representing your country, so of course I feel very privileged to have this opportunity, but I also recognise the responsibility and expectation that comes with coaching a Scotland team.” MacDonald commented “The Commonwealth Games is the only global sports event where our players get to wear a Scotland jersey and it only comes around every 4 years, I’m going to do everything I possibly can to help our athletes secure qualification for Birmingham 2022. We have some fantastic players with the desire to be successful for Scotland and I am excited to do my part in putting us in a position to perform at our best”
Head of Performance at basketballscotland, Barry Lang commented “I’m delighted to announce that Donnie MacDonald has been appointed Head Coach of our 3×3 Women’s National Team. Donnie has been part of the Scotland Youth National Teams for many years and has attended many European Competitions as Physio, Team Manager, Assistant and Head Coach. More recently Donnie has gained more experience in his role as a Performance Coach with the University of Edinburgh and as Assistant Coach for Caledonia Pride. I know that Donnie has a passion for basketball in Scotland and he is an incredible student of our game, with unrivalled knowledge of our female talent pool.”
basketballscotland will announce the head coaches for the other Scotland National Teams set to compete in the Commonwealth Games Qualifying Tournament in due course.