Scott McDonald has resigned as Louisiana-Monroe athletic director, the university announced Monday.
He will officially step down from all duties effective Sept. 1, marking four years of his time with the Warhawks. An interim DA has not been announced as the nationwide search for a replacement begins.
“Over the past four years, I have seen the athletic department grow and succeed on many different fronts,” McDonald said in a school statement. “With the near completion of a comprehensive sports strategic plan, I believe the time is right to step back into the financial services industry and give new leaders the opportunity to execute a well-crafted plan for athletics.”
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McDonald was in the financial services industry for 35 years before joining the staff of ULM, specializing in commercial banking. He took over as AD in 2019 after serving as Acting Administrative and AD Director.
“Under Scott’s leadership, ULM has experienced tremendous growth and success in our athletic programs, facilities, academics, staff, athletes, coaches and funding,” said the ULM President. , Ron Berry. “He has positioned us well to take us to the next level of competition on and off the pitch as we continue to strive for excellence in everything we do.”
Although he was heavily involved in the world of Warhawks athletics before taking on AD responsibilities, McDonald said the past four years have been a relay race.
“My responsibility was to run as long and as fast as possible and put this team in a better position,” McDonald said. “I feel like our athletic department is in a tremendous position right now and it’s time for me to hand over to the next leader.”
In the last three years that McDonald served as athletic director, ULM athletics has seen its impact on the community grow, both in the classroom and on the field.
Achievements outside of sports are his proudest accomplishment, McDonald said, including a 3.36 GPA among various teams in the spring of 2022.
He was notably responsible for hiring football coach Terry Bowden.
“We’ve worked very, very hard since I’ve been here,” Bowden said. “He will be very difficult to replace.