Former University of Idaho player Kiel (pronounced Kyle) McDonald enters his fourth season as coach of running backs for the Eagles. He also handles the role of video coordinator.
All of Eastern’s running backs return in 2014 after that unit posted great improvement in 2013 and 2012. The Eagles averaged 79.0 rushing yards per game the year before McDonald came to Eastern, but averaged 123.1 in the 2012 season. They followed that with by ranking 41st in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in rushing in 2013 with an 183.7 average.
Eastern averaged 5.3 yards per rushing attempt in 2013 after averaging just 3.7 a year prior and 3.0 in 2011. Eastern’s average is the school’s best since 2001 when the Eagles averaged 6.4 after Jesse Chatman finished the year with 2,096 yards and 7.4 yards per rush. On his way to a total of 1,208 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn third team All-Big Sky Conference honors, Quincy Forte averaged 6.7 yards per rush. Forte averaged just 4.7 as a sophomore and 5.0 as a freshman. Mario Brown averaged 6.3 per carry and contributed 482 yards and four scores in 2013.
Prior to coming to EWU, McDonald was a graduate assistant coach for Dennis Erickson at Arizona State University in 2011. He was an offensive quality control coach for the Sun Devils, who finished 6-7 and lost to Boise State in the Maaco Bowl in Las Vegas, Nev.
Prior to that, McDonald was an intern working with the secondary in 2010 for the San Francisco 49ers, and was defensive backs coach and strength coach that same year for San Jose City College. He also previously worked as strength coach at Marshall Performance and Fitness in San Jose.
After playing the 2005 season for EWU’s fellow Big Sky Conference member Sacramento State, McDonald played as a cornerback for Erickson in the 2006 season at Idaho. He had 31 tackles (two for loss), one interception and five passes broken up as Idaho finished 4-8.
While at Sacramento State, he played in 10 games in the 2005 season. A Big Sky All-Academic selection, McDonald finished his junior season at Sac State with 17 tackles, one interception and four passes broken up before graduating with honors (Cum Laude) in the spring of 2006.
He also played at Sacramento City College, earning honorable mention All-NorCal Conference honors as a sophomore. He graduated from Thomas B. Doherty HS in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2001, lettering in football, hockey, baseball and track. He was a first team all-league selection in track as a senior, with a time of 10.6 in the 100 meters.
McDonald was born on April 22, 1983.