Doug McDannald is in his first season with the Illinois men's track and field staff as volunteer assistant coach, working primarily with sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers.
A four year all-state performer in high school, McDannald was a large contributing factor to the IHSA class A team title in 2000 and was a standout for class A in multiple events in Illinois. He then went on to compete for the University of Southern California in the 400m and 400IH, training with world class hurdlers such as Felix Sanchez (2 time world and Olympic Champion), and Ryan Wilson (2003 NCAA 110h champion and bronze medalist in the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Championship). Following his sophomore season, McDannald's running career was abruptly ended by an auto accident.
Prior to his time at Illinois, McDannald coached St. Joseph-Ogden High School, leading his teams to conference and sectional titles as well as a team trophy in 2012. In his two years at SJO, he led 26 athletes to all-state performances and his athletes set 9 school records. His most notable athletes include Chelsea Blaase, current class A state record holder in cross country and 3200m State Champion as well as four event all stater Rachel Ballard who was class A State Champion in triple jump.
McDannald is also a professional track and field photographer. Along with Phil Johnson of Eugene, OR, the two run www.tracktownphoto.com and had the distinguished honor of being the official photographers of the local organizing committee at the 2012 US Olympic Trials. They have also covered many NCAA championships for Track and Cross Country, US Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
His father John McDannald has been coaching cross country at St. Joseph Elementary School for 36 years with state titles, multiple team trophies, and many individual all-staters to his credit. McDannald's oldest brother James McDannald is in his second year as an assistant coach for cross country at McGill University in Montreal after having competed in cross country and track for Augustana College.
While at the University of Southern California, McDannald studied Music Industry and is continuing his education in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology at Parkland College. He is also an employee of Carle Physician Group, working in Sports Medicine and the Employee Wellness Program