July 2, 2013, Charlottetown, PEI (ISN)—UPEI Athletics and Recreation announced Scott MacDonald will join the men’s basketball program as an assistant coach, effective immediately.
The position opened recently when former assistant coach Pat Havard was selected as Crandall University men’s basketball head coach.
MacDonald brings with him plenty of coaching experience at various PEI levels—ten years in the PEISAA at the intermediate level, which led him to a provincial title and three silver medals during his time coaching at East Wiltshire Intermediate School. MacDonald also coached the Canada Games Team PEI for five summers, and coached at the 2001 Canada Games against UPEI head coach Tim Kendrick who was on Team Nova Scotia’s coaching staff.
“We’re pleased to have Scott join our program. Our players are very familiar with him and they’re excited that he’ll now play a greater role with our team,” said Kendrick. “I expect him to have a positive impact on the Panthers.”
Aside from coaching, MacDonald has held positions with Basketball PEI, including a term as president. He’s also been involved in the Charlottetown Minor Basketball program and the UPEI Green & White Club.
As a lifelong Panther fan, MacDonald is excited to be a part of the program. “I’m truly excited about joining such a seasoned coaching staff. Having known Coach Kendrick for several years, I think we share the same traits and anything I can contribute to the team will be a bonus,” said MacDonald. “Being around the team the past two seasons, most of the players are familiar with me, and I look forward to working with them and being one of the best teams in the AUS and the CIS.”
“On behalf of the University of Prince Edward Island, I wish to welcome Scott to the Panther coaching staff,” said UPEI Director of Athletics and Recreation Bill Schurman.