Robby MacDonald enters second season as an assistant coach for the Husson men's swimming & diving program in 2017-18.
He began his swim career with Bangor High School for Coach Phil Emery’s inaugural 1969-70 season. He then swam for UMO under Coach Al Switzer as a member of the UMO inaugural swim team eventually graduating in 1974.
After college he became a teacher and swim coach for the Bangor School Department. His Lady Rams won their first state title in 1976 establishing state meet records. And, the Rams went on to win another five state meet titles (77, 82, 83, 84, 85) during Robby’s tenure including a 137.5 point victory margin in 1985. The Rams won 30 events at state meets during his tenure and four of his Bangor teams were awarded the Sportsmanship Award. He was also awarded Maine High School Swim Coach of the Year in 1976, 81, 82 and 85. He was the recipient of the John Bapst Quarterback Club Award for performance of swimmers and teams in 1977. He served on the coaching staffs of Jack Nelson (former US Olympic Coach) Swim Camp in Ft. Lauderdale and Bob Miller-former National AAU coach of the year.
Following the 1985 season, MacDonald accepted the varsity men’s and women’s coaching position at Colby College. The Mules women combined for a 23-6 dual meet record during his three years highlighted by Colby’s first All-American swimmer in 1988. The men’s team recorded its highest winning percentage in program history as of 1988.
Finishing his coaching career in 1988 to enter the Bangor School Administration, were he served as Principal of James F. Doughty School for 22 years prior to being named the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in 2013. MacDonald severed in that position for three years until retiring in 2016 after being with the Bangor School Department for 34 years.
During his time as an admistrator, MacDonald continued his association with swimming. He was one of the founders of the UMO Swimming and Diving Foundation and served multiple terms as chair of the Maine Prinicpal’s Association Swim Committee. He was appointed by the MPA to the National Federation Rules Committee.
His swim column, “The Swim Scene”, is published in the Bangor Daily News regularly, highlighting the achievements of the Maine swimming community at all levels.
The 1994 Maine High School State Swim Meet dedication was made in Robby’s honor.
MacDonald was inducted into the Maine Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame in 2016.