John McDonell Takes Position At Stanford

Jan. 17, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - John McDonell, who has been with Washington State head football coach Mike Price for 17 years, including the last 12 at WSU, has accepted the offensive line coach position at Stanford, Price confirmed Wednesday.

McDonell, who has been the Cougars' offensive coordinator since 1994, first hooked up with Price when the latter was head coach at Weber State in 1984. Five years later, when Price was named WSU's head coach in 1989, McDonell was one of the Wildcat coaches he brought with him.

'After some extremely hard thought I have decided to accept a job coaching the offensive line at Stanford University,' McDonell said. 'My many years at WSU were outstanding but I feel this is a great opportunity for me and my family.

'It will be very difficult to leave our many friends and associates at Wazzu, none harder than Mike Price,' added McDonell. 'I will always be indebted to him. Aside from my parents, he has been the single greatest influence in my life. It has been an honor and privilege to work at Washington State University and I would like to thank everyone at a great institution.'

'They broke the mold when they made John McDonell,' Price said Tuesday while on a recruiting trip. 'He has been with me for 17 years and there is no question in my mind he is one of the best guys I have ever been around, both as a collegue and a friend. He is class in every way.'

'John will be hard to replace,' Price continued. 'He means a lot to me and to the Cougar program, the players and the coaches. He has been a dedicated, loyal Cougar and even though he is going to Stanford, I know John will always be a member of the Cougar family.'

'I appreciate all the hard work John has done for the Cougars and, on behalf of myself and the program, wish John, his wife Mindy and their children the very best,' Price added.

McDonell is a 1977 graduate of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane and attended Carroll College in Montana, graduating in 1981. He joined Price at Weber State after three years as the head coach of Scobey High in Montana.

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