“I’m really excited to add George to our football staff and family,” said Doeren. “He has a wealth of experience and is one of the best teachers of the detail that wide receivers need to succeed at a high level. He’s a great recruiter and developer of talent who has recruited the South Florida area for many years.”
Named one of the top recruiters in the nation by rivals.com in 2012, McDonald has coached seven current NFL players: Travis Benjamin (Browns), LaRon Byrd (Dolphins), Eric Decker (Jets), Allen Hurns (Jaquars), Greg Jennings (Vikings), Alex Smith (Bengals), and Tommy Streeter (Jaguars). During his career, he has mentored 17 players who have gone on to play in the NFL.
McDonald comes to NC State after two seasons at Syracuse, where he served as associate head coach and offensive coordinator, mentoring the tight ends in 2013, and leading the wide receivers in 2014.
Prior to his stint at Syracuse, McDonald served as wide receiver coach at Miami in 2011 and 2012, when he was also named passing game coordinator. In 2009 and 2010 he coached wideouts for the Cleveland Browns.
McDonald also spent two seasons mentoring receivers at Minnesota (2007-08), served as the offensive coordinator and WR coach at Western Michigan (2005-06), coached tight ends at Stanford (2004), and was the WR coach at Northern Illinois from 2001-03, where he worked with current Pack coaches Matt Canada and Mike Uremovich.
A four-year letterwinner at receiver at Illinois (1995-98), McDonald led the Big Ten in kickoff return yardage and also earned all-conference honors in track and field, where he set a school record in the 60-meter dash (6.74) and won a league title.
A graduate of Buena Park High School in Buena Park, Calif., McDonald graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in health planning and administration in 1999.