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Jim McDonald

Hall of Fame


Inducted 2017


Washington and Lee University

Jim McDonald was inducted as a truly great contributor. After his playing career concluded, he spent over 50 years still engaged with lacrosse as a coach and administrator. McDonald coached the University of Baltimore from 1956-63, compiling a 67-15-2 record and winning four championships in what was called the Laurie Cox Division. He also served as a longtime coach on the rec and high school levels, mentoring and tutoring several generations of youth players.

McDonald spent 30 years as a member of the National Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, including 24 years as its chair. He also served as a board member for 18 years for the Lacrosse Foundation, one of the predecessors to US Lacrosse. That tenure included terms as both president and vice president. McDonald has been previously inducted into the US Lacrosse Charlottesville Chapter’s Hall of Fame (1997), the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter’s Hall of Fame (2005) and the University of Baltimore’s Athletic Hall of Fame (2008).