Entering his 4th year as Acadia’s Swim Team head coach, Gary MacDonald led his men’s and women’s teams to second place finishes at the 2018 AUS championships. The men’s team came within a couple of swims from winning their first-ever AUS title. After 2 years of solid recruiting, the team is definitely heading for their first ever championships, and the future looks prosperous for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Originally from Mission, BC, MacDonald brings a wealth of Knowledge and experience to the pool as both a former national level swimmer and long-standing veteran coach.
In the pool. MacDonald captured a silver medal in the 4x100 MR at the 1976 summer Olympics in Montreal. MacDonald was a sprint specialist and was the former Canadian record holder in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. He also won numerous medals at both the Commonwealth and Pan Am Games competing for Canada.
MacDonald’s coaching career began at York University back in the late 70’s where he guided the York Yeoman to a solid CIS 3rd place finish. In 1980 MacDonald moved to Vancouver where he joined the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club and began a career of high-level coaching. After three years in Vancouver, coach MacDonald moved east and took the helm of the Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club for 21 years.
His club successes were highlighted with Carwai Seto attending the 1988 Seoul Olympics and another top female, Iona Allen who was National Champion in the 400 IM in 1992.
In 2004, MacDonald joined coach David Fry and began a 12-year career assisting with the top-ranked Atlantic university team, the Dalhousie Tigers.
In the fall of 2015, Coach MacDonald took over as head coach of the Acadia swimming program and continues to develop the team back to its national prominence of the late 70’s.