Feb. 17, 2004
The 2004 Stanford football coaching staff is now complete after Cardinal Head Coach Buddy Teevens announced today that Tom Quinn will move from coaching tight ends to defensive ends and George McDonald will take over as the new tight ends coach.
McDonald comes to The Farm from Northern Illinois University, where he coached wide receivers the past three years (2001-03). Quinn has coached tight ends and special teams for the Cardinal the past two seasons. He will continue in his role as the team's special teams coordinator.
"George brings with him experience in the passing game," said Teevens, "both as a coach and player on the major college level. He's a great fit for our program and will be a great addition to our coaching staff.
"Tom (Quinn) is a very respected member of our staff and his transition to coaching defensive ends will be very smooth and comfortable," said Teevens. "He has been a defensive coordinator and coached on the defensive side of the ball for many years and will compliment our already strong defensive coaching staff."
McDonald, a 1999 graduate of the University of Illinois, helped NIU to a 10-2 record a year ago as the Huskies gained national attention with victories over Maryland, Iowa State and Alabama. One of his receivers, P.J. Fleck, recorded over 1,000 receiving yards and was named First-Team All-MAC.
McDonald earned four letters in football (1995-98) and two in track at Illinois (1996, '99). He had 57 receptions for 589 yards and four TDs as a receiver while also returning 57 kickoffs for 1,276 yards in 44 career games. His name appears in the Illinois record book for kickoff returns in several categories. In track, he ran as a freshman and senior, earning First-Team All-Big-Ten honors in the 60-meter indoor with a school record time of 6.74 in 1999.
McDonald earned a B.S. degree in Planning and Administration from Illinois in 1999. He was a prep All-America at Buena Park High School in southern California.
Quinn joined Teevens at Stanford in 2002 after spending the previous three seasons coaching linebackers, tight ends and special teams at San Jose State (1999-2001). Quinn, a 1990 graduate of Arizona, has also coached at Davidson College, James Madison, Boston University and Holy Cross.