Mark McDonnell enters his second year as Head Basketball Coach of the Mustangs after his inaugural year where his team compiled an overall record of 9-16, good enough for second place in the EPAC. McDonnell’s Mustangs return only two players from a year ago, but is encouraged with basketball knowledge and skill of his incoming freshman class. He expects to be competing for the EPAC Title. McDonnell has been involved with basketball as a player and coach for the last 30 years. A native of Hollidaysburg PA, he was the starting point guard for his alma mater, the Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers, where he led his team in assists and steals for two consecutive years. He attended Saint Francis University, where he competed at the Division I level for the Red Flash Tennis Team and in 1992 was named to the Academic All American Team.
After school, McDonnell returned to Hollidaysburg as an assistant for the boys' basketball team, where he remained for 10 years. In those years he was part of two district titles and one state playoff appearance. He was also very instrumental in starting Hollidaysburg's Elementary Basketball Program. In 2006 Mark, his wife Shannon, and their 5 children moved to Southeastern PA where he developed and operated a basketball skills and fundamental program for children ages 5-18. In 2014 McDonnell joined Division II "powerhouse", Holy Family University Women's Basketball Team as an assistant, where they went 21-10, won the CCAC Conference, and beat the # 1 seeded team in the first round of the playoffs.
McDonnell has a degree in Sociology and a teaching certificate from Saint Francis University. He currently resides with his family in Phoenixville, PA.