Monica played for New Wave Volleyball Club and graduated from Newark Catholic 2001, after which she signed with Wittenberg University as an outside hitter. After graduating, Monica became Assistant Coach at Mount Union College. She is now Head Coach at Otterbein College.
Monica McDonald begins her first season as head coach at Otterbein College.
McDonald comes to Otterbein from Mount Union College where she served as assistant volleyball coach since 2006. She also assisted in men's and women's track and field.
"Monica provides all the right ingredients for success at Otterbein," said Otterbein director of athletics Dick Reynolds shortly after she was hired last July. "What she may lack in head coaching experience, she makes up for with her enthusiasm and knowledge of the game.
"She's had an outstanding playing career in NCAA Division III and, when it comes to recruiting, knows Division III and the central Ohio area well," Reynolds added.
McDonald, a 2005 graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, was a two-time All-American outside hitter at her alma mater, helping lead the Tigers into the NCAA Division III Tournament four times, including two advancements into the Elite Eight. She majored in business management with a minor in sociology.
While at Mount Union, McDonald took part in a volleyball program that improved from 15-16 in 2005 to 22-10 last season.
In addition to her coaching at Mount Union, McDonald has coached several club volleyball teams, including stints as head coach for New Wave VBC.
She is a native of Newark, Ohio.
Monica McDonald, who enters her first year as a Raider volleyball assistant coach, is a 2005 graduate of Wittenberg University with a degree in business. McDonald is also currently pursuing a teaching degree in secondary education (English) at Mount Union. A native on Newark, Ohio, she graduated from Newark Catholic High School.
McDonald was a two-time All-American (’02, ’04) and a three-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference performer (’01, ’02, ’04) as an outside hitter for the Tigers’ volleyball program. She’s fifth all-time on the Wittenberg career kills list (1,626) and was a member of four NCAC Championship teams and four NCAA Division III Tournament Qualifiers. In 2001, she earned the NCAC’s Newcomer of the Year Award.
Monica McDonald finished her career as a three-time All-NCAC honoree and two-time All-American, despite missing her junior year in 2003 with a knee injury. She led the Tigers in kills all three of her full seasons, and she is in the top 10 in school history for kills and attack percentage.
Senior outside hitter Monica McDonald (Newark, Ohio/Catholic) wrapped up her Wittenberg career with third-team All-America honors, a tribute to both her outstanding all-around play and her tenacity coming back from a knee injury that sidelined her for the entire 2003 season. A 2002 second-team All-American, McDonald finished with a team-best 376 kills in 2004, the third time in her four seasons in the Red & White that McDonald had topped the Tigers offensively. She finished her career with 1,626 kills, good for fifth on the Wittenberg list and sixth on the NCAC list. Her career attack percentage also ranks among the leaders in Wittenberg and NCAC history.
The Wittenberg volleyball team continues to do its best steamroller imitation. Still ranked No. 2 in the nation, the veteran Tigers rolled to two more lopsided North Coast Athletic Conference victories last week to run their record to 17-1 overall and 5-0 in the NCAC.
Next up is a first-place showdown with Hiram, the 2003 NCAC regular season and tournament runner-up, on Friday at the HPER Center. In conjunction with Parents Weekend, the program's five seniors will be honored for their tremendous accomplishments during the last four years prior to the match.
Last week, the Tigers defeated Oberlin on Friday and Wooster on Saturday, both on the road. After the match against Hiram on Friday, the Tigers close out NCAC regular season action next week with matches against Ohio Wesleyan at home on Tuesday and Denison on the road on Wednesday.
Leading the charge, as they have so often in recent years, are seniors Sarah Yuskewich (Columbus, Ohio/Watterson), Emilie Schmid (Canton, Ohio/Massillon Jackson), Kristin Fox (Galion, Ohio/Galion) and Monica McDonald (Newark, Ohio/Catholic), who each rank among the team and NCAC leaders in various statistical categories. Yuskewich leads in assists and has already broken the school and NCAC records for career assists, while Schmid leads in digs and is nearing school and conference marks for career digs.
In addition, junior Emily Dixon (Granville, Ohio/Granville) continues to be a force in the middle, making a great tandem with Fox and Yuskewich as the team's first line of defense. Dixon has 38 total blocks and a per-game average of 0.88. She is also one of five players averaging more than three kills per game in 2004 - the others being Fox, McDonald and freshmen Emily Bell (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) and Jan Kehres (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance).