McDonald Given Lifetime Achievement Award

Aug. 16, 2012


Former Wyoming women's basketball coach and conference administrator Margie McDonald was named a recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).

"It is an honor to receive this award," said McDonald. "I'm truly in great company with the other two honorees, Betty Jaynes and Donna Olson. I was surprised when I received the call but appreciate it very much."

The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Nike, is bestowed annually to administrators and professionals who have dedicated their professional careers to advancing women in sport. This award is given to individuals who have rendered meritorious service and have retired from or are no longer directly involved in the profession. Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by past Lifetime Achievement award recipients.

"We appreciate all of Margie's hard work, leadership and dedication that she has given to college athletics," said Athletics Director Tom Burman. "We are proud that she is a part of the Wyoming family."

Prior to the 1974-75 basketball season, McDonald was hired as the head coach of the Wyoming Cowgirls. She went on to be the 1979 Intermountain Conference Coach of the Year, displaying both brilliance and dedication as she led her Cowgirl basketball teams to a 123-114 record during her nine-year career at Wyoming. Admired and respected by her peers, it did not take her long to mold the Cowgirls into one of the top teams in the Rocky Mountain Region. By 1979, the Cowgirls were competing in the AIAW Regional Tournament with a 25-7 record.

McDonald resigned from her coaching position at Wyoming to become the first Executive Director of the High Country Athletic Conference, which later merged with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). She served as the Deputy Commissioner of the WAC and then went on to work as the Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officials for the Mountain West Conference. In 2005, she teamed up with Reece Monaco as the color commentator for UW women's basketball radio broadcasts, which she still does today.