MARQUETTE, Mich.—The Northern Michigan University Athletic Department has announced the addition of Nick McDonald to the men's soccer staff as an assistant coach. McDonald will assist head coach David Poggi in all aspect of the men's soccer program.
"We are very excited to have Nick join our program and the Wildcat family," Poggi announced. "He is a terrific fit for our team and will be a great role model for our players."
"I want to thank Coach Poggi, and the rest of the committee, for the opportunity at Northern," McDonald said. "I look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the upcoming season this fall."
McDonald joins the NMU Men's Soccer staff for the 2018 season after spending the past three years as a varsity assistant and junior varsity head coach at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.
"Nick has tremendous experience as a player and coach at one of the premier NCAA Division II programs in the country," Poggi added. "He was mentored by coach Tocco at Rockhurst who is one of the winningest coaches in college soccer."
At Rockhurst, McDonald helped guide the Hawks to a 52-7-9 overall record, including three regular season titles, and a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament crowns in 2015 and 2016. In all three seasons, Rockhurst advanced to the NCAA Tournament and capture the NCAA Midwest Region Championships before advancing to three-consecutive Final Four's.
McDonald has also assisted at the youth level as a coach with Brookside Soccer Club in Kansas City, Missouri.
Before beginning his coaching career, McDonald played one season professionally in the Major Arena Soccer League where he competed for the Tulsa Revolution during their 2014-15 campaign.
As a student-athlete, McDonald was a four-year starter for Rockhurst from the 2010 season through the 2013 season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times during those four campaigns. He would graduate from Rockhurst in 2014 with a degree in Sport Management.
"This is an important step for our program and student-athletes," Poggi added. "It reinforces our administrations continued commitment to excellence."
In his second season with the team and the second season of the program, Poggi guided the team to more wins and an increased win percentage with the squad finishing 6-11-2 overall, 2-9-1 in the GLIAC. The squad also earned their first-ever postseason win with a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament victory in the quarterfinal round.