Giles McDonnell

Giles McDonnell

Player Profile

Assistant Coach - Sprints/Relays

Second Year

Alma Mater:
University of New Mexico, 1999

Giles McDonnell is no stranger to UNM Track & Field. After a stellar high school career in Albuquerque he decided to stay in New Mexico and become a Lobo. Coach McDonnell attend UNM and competed in the jump events from 1994­ 1999. He was part of the first Lobo team to compete in the Mountain West Conference Championship; placing in the Long Jump and Triple Jump at the inaugural Mountain West Outdoor Conference Championship meet.

After graduation McDonnell entered private business, but returned to the sport of track as an assistant coach for five years at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque. During his five-year tenure at Eldorado, McDonnell guided many of his athletes to rewrite the school's record books and many of his athletes qualified for the New Mexico 5A state championship meet and won relay and individual state titles. Eldorado's track program enjoyed its most successful run during his tenure at the school and five of his athletes went on to compete at the Division I level.

After Eldorado High School, he moved to Northern Arizona University to accept a position as an assistant sprint/jumps coach and recruiting coordinator. While at NAU the program won multiple men's and women's Big Sky team championships and McDonnell had sprinters, jumpers and relays qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Regional Championships.

During the 2009-10 academic year McDonnell was given an opportunity to return to New Mexico and was offered a part-time assistant coaching position with the UNM Track program. Coach McDonnell was responsible for helping coach the sprints and hurdles along with providing major direction in the recruiting process. In 2010 the Lobos had their highest conference finish ever, and sent athletes in the 100, 110H, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and 4x100Relay to the first round of NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Coach McDonnell assisted in the development of many of the young Lobo sprinters. Shirley Pitts, Tawsha Brazley and Ashley Miknis all enjoyed major life time best in their events. On the men's side Coach McDonnell helped coach Lamar Thomas as he set the school record in 60m and qualify for Nationals in the 100m. He also helped Kendall Spencer and Devron Walker set life time bests in the 60m.

Coach McDonnell has earned USATF Coaching Certification as he has Level I, USATF Level II Certification in sprints and combined events.

Coach Joe Franklin on Giles McDonnell, "Coach McDonnell has a strong recruiting base in the west and will be instrumental in helping us attract top-level talent. Last year he learned the inner-workings of our team, and now is ready to take the next step with our program. I am positive that he will lead our sprint and relay groups to positive outcomes in the years to come."

McDonnell graduated from UNM with a degree in Communication and is working on his graduate degree in Educational Curriculum.