MacDonald is retiring after 7 years at Navy helm

3-time Coach of Year in Patriot League led Mids to 2 NCAA berths

May 23, 2000|By Christian Ewell

Bob MacDonald, Navy's baseball coach for the past seven seasons, announced his retirement yesterday, citing a wish to return to the Pacific Northwest.

MacDonald, 57, had a 178-151-3 record for Navy, leading its teams to five regular-season titles in the Patriot League. Two of those seasons (1995 and 1999) ended with berths in the NCAA tournament.

This season, MacDonald won league Coach of the Year honors for the third time after Navy (24-20) won its third straight regular-season title.

Navy's season ended Sunday, when Army won the first two games of a best-of-three Patriot League championship series.

MacDonald came to Annapolis after 16 seasons at the University of Washington, where he led his alma mater to a 422-322-7 record in 11 seasons as head coach, including a 1992 NCAA appearance that was the school's first in 33 years.

MacDonald, whose uncle and brother graduated from the academy, arrived in 1993 to assist then-head coach Joe Duff, who retired after that season. McDonald leaves with a career record of 599-473-10.

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