Rich MacDonald begins his eighth year the first full-time diving coach at East Carolina.
During his time with the Pirates, MacDonald has taken the diving to the next level. Athletes recruited and coached by MacDonald own all but one of the Pirates' varsity diving records. At least one ECU diver has qualified for the NCAA Zone meet in six of his seven years. He has coached multiple Conference USA Freshman Divers-of-the-Year for both the men and women's team. MacDonald has had at least one diver medal at the C-USA championships each year with five reaching the finals.
Before ECU, MacDonald coached at Rhode Island from 1997- 2000. During his time with the Rams, he coached two Atlantic 10 conference champions and three NCAA Zone qualifiers and started a club team. MacDonald was also a volunteer assistant with L'Air Bergere diving for three summers.
MacDonald also started an age group team based in Greenville - the Emerald City Dive Club. He is a native of Fort Washington, Pa. and attended Upper Dublin High School where he was a member of the 1993 state championship team. He also coached the Fort Washington swimming and diving team from 1992-98. The Sharks were league champions for four of those seven years.
MacDonald earned his bachelor's degree from URI in 1997 double majoring in exercise science and education. He is also a member of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Rules Committee.