Entering his third year as Acadia’s swim team head coach, Gary MacDonald led his team to an overall second place finish at the 2016-17 AUS championships. A very much improved men’s team closed the gap significantly with its conference rival, Dalhousie. The women’s team placed a solid third, narrowly trailing Mt. Allison Recruitment has gone very well this season and it looks like it will be an exciting year with both men’s and women’s teams vying for a title.
Originally from Mission, BC, MacDonald brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the pool as both a former national swimmer and a long standing veteran coach.
In the pool , MacDonald captured a silver medal in the 4x100m MR relay at the 1976 Montreal , Olympic Games as one of his career highlites. MacDonald was a sprint specialist and held the Canadian record in both the 50m and 100m free. He also won numerous medals in two Commonwealth Games (Christchurch and Edmonton) plus Pam Am Games (Mexico City).
MacDonalds coaching career began at York University in 1979/80 where he guided his York Yeomen men’s team to a solid CIS third place finish. In 1980, MacDonald moved to Vancouver where he honed his skills by working with the number one team in the country, the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club. After three years MacDonald moved to Halifax to become the Head Coach of the Halifax Trojan Aquatic club. MacDonald led the Trojans for over 21 years with many great successes.
In 2004 MacDonald joined Coach David Fry and began an 11 year career assisting with the Atlantic Canada’s top University swim team the Dalhousie Tigers.
Over his coaching career, MacDonald has pulled together an impressive list of accomplishments, but he is most proud of training Carwai Seto (Halifax Trojans) who competed in the 1988 Olympics (Korea ) and Iona Allen who captured gold at the 1992 national championships in the 400 Individual medley.