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ISSUE 117 VOL 1 PUBLISHED 9/19/2003

McDonald replaces Book

By Stephanie Soucheray
Staff Writer

Friday, September 19, 2003

Matt McDonald, current head baseball coach, will replace Cindy Book as the new Director of Athletics for St. Olaf College this season.

McDonald, a 1989 St. Olaf graduate, has been a member of the St. Olaf community since coming to the school as a student athlete playing football and baseball. After being an assistant baseball coach for four years, McDonald became head coach in 1994.

McDonald believes he found a home in the St. Olaf community.

"Coming to St. Olaf was a great decision for me as a student. St. Olaf is a fantastic place, the people are very special, and I believe athletes are important to St. Olaf," McDonald said.

McDonald plans to remain head baseball coach in addition to taking on the position of Athletic Director.

"As a student athlete playing both football and baseball, I’m used to working a lot of hours." McDonald said. "Baseball will always be my passion, but the opportunity to be the Athletic Director hopefully allows me to have a positive effect on all twenty-seven sports played here at St. Olaf."

Student athletes can expect no drastic or immediate changes with McDonald as the new Athletic Director.

Book will be returning to the sidelines as assistant volleyball coach this season.

McDonald has high expectations for all staff and students working with him in the athletic department.

"I expect them to work hard." McDonald said. This drive and work ethic have been seen in the last ten years in St. Olaf’s baseball team.

McDonald has coached winning teams throughout his career. In 2000, 2001, and 2002 his teams won the MIAC conference championship. Last year, the team placed second in the MIAC tournament which meant a trip to the NCAA Division III nationals.

This season, McDonald has high hopes for his team. "The team is great, and in the next nine months we’ll be working on coming together in the field," McDonald said.

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