Green Wave battle heat in preparation for 2014 season, defense shines in tough conditions
Green Wave hold outdoor session in morning at Tad Gormley, head indoors at Saints Facility in afternoon
Green Wave conducted a 14-period morning practice; Heads indoors for two-a-day afternoon session
Green Wave conducts a 19-period practice at the Saints Indoor Facility
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Photos By Parker Waters
John McDonell (pronounced MAC-done-el) enters his fourth season as the offensive line coach for the Green Wave in 2015.
A veteran with nearly 30 years of experience in college football, McDonell has been a part of 10 bowl teams - including Tulane’s run to the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - and many of his offensive linemen have earned All-America honors and gone on to distinguished NFL careers.
In 2014, senior offensive tackle Sean Donnelly started all 12 games, was named second-team All-American Athletic Conference by College Sports Madness and ultimately signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants.
McDonell came to Tulane from the University of Idaho where he spent the 2011 campaign as the offensive line coach for the Vandals.
Prior to Idaho, McDonell spent the 2010 season in the same capacity at the University of Memphis and he also served for one season in the same role at Bowling Green State University (2009), where he helped the Falcons to the Humanitarian Bowl.
Before Bowling Green, McDonell’s previous coaching stops included Purdue (2006-08), Stanford (2001, 2005), Notre Dame (2002-04), Washington State (1989-2000) and Weber State (1984-88).
He helped Purdue to the Champs Bowl in 2006 and the Motor City Bowl in 2007 and also played an instrumental role in Dustin Keller’s first-round selection (30th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Before that, he was on the coaching staff for Notre Dame’s appearances in the Gator Bowl (2002) and Insight Bowl (2004). Under his tutelage with the Irish, center Jeff Faine was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy and was a first-round draft pick (21st overall) by the Cleveland Browns in the 2003 draft.
McDonell was a member of Stanford’s Seattle Bowl appearance in 2001 and coached Eric Heitmann to first team All-America honors that same season.
During his 12-year tenure on head coach Mike Price’s staff at Washington State, he was a part of the coaching staff that led the Cougars to three bowl appearances, including the 1992 Copper Bowl, the 1994 Alamo Bowl and the 1997 Rose Bowl.
At Weber State, he helped the program to a banner season in 1987 with a Big Sky Conference championship and a No. 10 national ranking in the final Division I-AA poll.
McDonell attended Carroll College in Montana, where he was an NAIA All-American his senior year after having been an all-Frontier Conference choice three times. He was inducted into the Carroll College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
A native of Spokane, Wash., McDonell earned his bachelor’s degree in social science from Carroll College in 1981.
He and his wife, Mindy have one son: Michael (18) and one daughter: Megan (16).