CMU Hires MacDonald as Gymnastics Coach

MT. PLEASANT — Central Michigan University has hired Christine MacDonald as the next gymnastics head coach for the Chippewas, the university announced on Thursday.

MacDonald was on the CMU coaching staff under Jerry Reighard and was named the interim head coach while CMU investigated Reighard for directing a student-athlete to provide false information about an injury to medical staff. Reighard’s contract was terminated in April.

MacDonald provides a familiar face to the program, as she just completed her 25th season as a member of the program’s coaching staff.

“After an extensive search, it was clear that Christine’s the right person to lead this program and return it to a top-25 program. She has a strong vision for the team that will lead our student-athletes to success on the competition floor and in the classroom while continuing to set them up for future success,” CMU Athletic Director Michael Alford said in a press release.

MacDonald was also a gymnast for CMU from 1988-91, and she has been a part of 15 conference championships.

“I have made Central Michigan my home and my career, and I am dedicated to being a Chippewa,” MacDonald said in the press release. “I look forward to the challenge and to working hard with our team at every aspect of managing a championship-caliber program both in competition and in the classroom. Having a culture where our student-athletes love to come to practice every day and know they will be challenged is one of my top goals.”