McDonald spends a lifetime
contributing to Texas State
One of four distinguished alumni being honored this year, McDonald graduated from Texas State in 1952 after a stellar career as the Bobcats’ point guard. He landed a job as an assistant football and basketball coach in 1953 and served as head basketball coach from 1961-77. When the Lone Star Conference selected its list of top student-athletes and coaches from its first 75 years, he was the only person named to both lists.
After retiring as basketball coach in 1977, he served on the faculty as an assistant professor of physical education. Today, he oversees the Vernon McDonald Endowment Fund, which provides financial assistance for basketball student-athletes to attend summer school.