Christine MacDonald is in her 24th season on coach Jerry Reighard’s Central Michigan University gymnastics staff.
MacDonald, who was promoted to associate head coach in 2006, has joined Reighard in forming a unified front in developing the core values and Championship Culture that personifies CMU gymnastics. Together, they form one of the longest-serving coaching combinations in collegiate gymnastics.
MacDonald has helped lead the Chippewas to 11 victories at the MAC Championships, seven league regular-season titles, and 13 NCAA Regional berths.
During MacDonald’s time at CMU, the program has produced seven MAC Senior Gymnast of the Year winners, six league Freshman of the Year winners, five MAC Gymnast of the Year honorees and one conference Specialist of the Year.
Sixty times Chippewa gymnasts have earned MAC individual titles during MacDonald’s tenure, and the Chippewas hold every MAC team and individual record for balance beam, vault, parallel bars and floor exercise – all of which has been achieved with MacDonald in the program. She has also had a hand in coaching six NCAA Regional individual champions.
In the gym, Christine is responsible for the daily workout plans, spotting, nutritional oversight and conditioning programs along with overseeing floor and beam choreography.
In 2003, MacDonald was named NCAA Central Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
MacDonald competed for the Chippewas while working toward her bachelor's degree in interpersonal and public communication, which she earned in 1992.
Outside of the gym, MacDonald serves as the team's travel and recruiting coordinator, meet director and summer camp director.
MacDonald and her husband Keith have three children and reside in Mount Pleasant.