McDonald comes to Georgia Southwestern from Southland Academy in Americus where she most recently served as the head boys and girls cross country coach since 2010. Along with her assistant coach Patrick Calcutt, the Southland programs combined to win two Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) Class AAA state championships and five region titles. In addition, she was named the GISA Class AAA Co-Coach of the Year on two occasions.
A 1991 graduate of GSW with a degree in psychology, McDonald played for two years on the Lady Hurricanes basketball team under head coach Dr. Greg Hawver. Her teammates included GSW Hall of Fame inductees Carol Turner and Bridgette Colson.