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MacDonald to leave FMU volleyball post

on Wednesday, 14 September 2016. Posted in News, Education, Local News

FLORENCE, S.C. – Athletic Department officials at Francis Marion University have announced that Paul MacDonald will resign as women’s volleyball head coach at the conclusion of the 2016 season to pursue other professional opportunities on the FMU campus.  He will leave as the winningest coach in program history, currently with 170 victories.

MacDonald has accepted a position in the Purchasing Department at Francis Marion and will assume that position on Jan. 4.

“I am excited about this new career opportunity, and thrilled that it keeps me a part of the Francis Marion family that I have grown to appreciate over the past 11 years,” MacDonald said.  “It will be hard to leave the bench, but I feel that I am leaving the Patriot volleyball program in a successful position with a solid foundation.  I am thankful to Dr. (Fred) Carter and Murray (Hartzler) for the chance I’ve had to coach a splendid group of student-athletes that have worn the red, white, and blue.”

MacDonald’s FMU teams have produced 13 All-Conference selections, and at the conclusion of four of the past seven seasons Francis Marion has garnered AVCA All-Academic Team recognition.

He twice earned PBC Coach of the Year honors (2013, 2008) and guided the Patriots to an NCAA Division II National Tournament invitation in 2008.  FMU captured a share of the 2006 Peach Belt regular-season championship in his first season in Florence.

In his 11th season on the Patriot sideline, and 14th as a college head coach, the Flat Rock, Mich., native owns a 219-198 career coaching mark, including a 170-149 record with FMU.

This season, the Patriots are 6-2 with Peach Belt Conference action to begin this week.

FMU director of athletics Murray Hartzler said that a national search would begin for MacDonald’s successor.

MacDonald has also served as the director of the Florence Juniors Volleyball Club.

He is the 13th head coach in the 43-year history of the Francis Marion program, which boasts a .553 winning percentage (810-654 all-time record).

TRANSACTION: FRANCIS MARION – Paul MacDonald resigns as head coach for women’s volleyball.

Michael G. Hawkins '85

Francis Marion University

Associate Athletic Director for Communication Services

Office 843-661-1222 (Cell 843-230-8102)

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