Jan. 19, 2001
STANFORD, Calif - - John McDonell today was named an offensive line coach at Stanford University, head coach Tyrone Willingham announced. McDonell, who coached at Washington State the past 12 years, will coach guards and centers for the Cardinal.
McDonell replaces Tom Brattan, who recently left Stanford for a similiar position at Maryland. The Cardinal still must fill one other coaching vacancy, an offensive line coach for tackles and tight ends.
"John McDonell brings with him 12 years as an offensive line coach in the Pac-10," said Willingham. "He has an excellent reputation as a teacher and communicator and we feel very fortunate to have him join our staff at Stanford."
McDonell, a 1981 graduate of Carroll College in Montana, had been a member of the Washington State staff under Mike Price since 1989. He coached the offensive line and tight ends from '89-93, then became the Cougars offensive coordinator in 1994 while still coaching the offensive line.
During his tenure in Pullman, McDonell was part of a staff that led WSU to the Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl berth in 1997. His offense ranked first in the Pac-10 and second nationally after averaging 502 yards a game.
McDonell coached the offensive line from 1984-88 at Weber State University under Price before moving to WSU. He has been a member of Price's staff at Weber State and WSU for the past 17 years.
McDonell began his coaching career at Carroll College as an offensive line coach. He then became the head coach at Scobey High School in Montana from 1982-83.