Kate McDonald enters her first season as an assistant coach for the UMass Dartmouth women’s basketball program in the 2017-18 season. A four-year member of the Franklin Pierce women’s basketball program, the Fall River, Mass. native was named to the Fall & Spring Northeast 10 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll in each of her years as a Raven. She graduated cum laude in May 2014 from Franklin Pierce University with a degree in Sports and Recreation Management. She then remained at the institution to complete her master’s degree in Leadership just one year later.
In her final season, 2014-15, McDonald appeared and started in all 30 games, finishing with an average of 4.6 assists per game. The guard led her squad to a 19-11 overall record and 13-8 in Northeast-10 conference competition, taking the Ravens to the NCAA Championship East Regional Semifinals.
McDonald brings coaching experience from Dean College and Bishop Connolly High School. Her first year at Bishop Connolly turned the team from winless to a final record of 11-9.
In April 2016, she launched the McDonald School of Hoops. As the owner and director of the program, she manages and operates all girls’ basketball camps and clinics, assists in the marketing of the brand, and provides one-on-one personal training. Her professional experience also includes teaching physical education at Fall River public schools, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.