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John McDonnell

In reading Bob Holt’s fine obituary in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for legendary Razorback track and field coach John McDonnell, we were struck by two of his qualities. The first was his persistence. When the young McDonnell immigrated to the United States from Ireland in January 1965 thinking he had a track and field scholarship at Emporia State in Kansas and learned that no scholarship was available, he got a job washing dishes in a restaurant to pay for college. He helped Emporia State win an NCAA Division II outdoor track championship that spring, but finances forced him to leave college. McDonnell worked as a TV cameraman, a job for which he’d trained in Ireland, but continued to seek out a college and a scholarship that would allow him to compete. He found both at Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette), becoming a six-time All-American there.
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John McDonnell was more than a track coach

FAYETTEVILLE - During his 82 years, it seems John McDonnell won more first places and second fathered more often than anybody. Arkansas’ track and cross country coach of 40 national championships and 84 Southwest Conference and SEC championships died last Monday. McDonnell’s championships speak volumes. Achieving as a second father...
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Razorback legend John McDonnell passes away at 82

FAYETTEVILLE — Legendary University of Arkansas men’s track and field coach John McDonnell passed away on Monday evening in Fayetteville at the age of 82. In his 36-year hall of fame coaching career at the University of Arkansas, McDonnell established a legacy of success unrivaled in the history of NCAA athletics producing 40 NCAA championships, including six national triple crowns and 12 consecutive NCAA Indoor titles from 1984-95.

John McDonnell made a worldwide impact

FAYETTEVILLE — When Lance Harter, coach of the University of Arkansas women’s cross country and track and field teams, has been abroad, he’s often reminded of home thanks to John McDonnell. That’s the kind of worldwide recognition McDonnell gave Arkansas, Harter said, because of his accomplishments as the Razorbacks’ men’s...
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Coach John McDonnell

John McDonnell, the University of Arkansas legendary men's cross-country and track and field coach, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, at the age of 82. He was born July 2, 1938, in Crossmolina, Ireland, to Michael McDonnell and Bridget (Hopkins) McDonnell. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown, Ark.
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John McDonnell, famed Arkansas men's track coach, dies at 82

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- John McDonnell, the track and field coach who set a gold standard for excellence at Arkansas during his 36 years at the school, has died. He was 82. He died Monday night, according to a family statement released by the university. A cause was not given. McDonnell's...
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Legendary Arkansas track and field coach John McDonnell dies

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Legendary Arkansas Razorbacks track and field coach John McDonnell has died, the University announced in a press release Tuesday morning. McDonnell led the Hogs to 40 NCAA championships during his 36 years at the school. His teams won 12 straight NCAA Indoor titles from 1984 to 1995.

John McDonnell, most successful coach in NCAA history, dies at 82

FAYETTEVILLE — Name a college coach in any sport from any era. None of them ever won consistently at the highest level like John McDonnell. The Irishman, who became a United States citizen in 1969 and then a Razorbacks legend over the next four decades, died late Monday in Fayetteville, his family announced.
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PHOTO GALLERY: John McDonnell through the years

[Don't see the gallery above, click here:]. Take a look at a gallery of Razorback legend John McDonnell as he lead Arkansas runners to 40 National Championships. McDonnell died Monday in Fayetteville.

Legendary Razorback track coach John McDonnell dies at 82

The adjective “great” is often used too loosely. It’s used so cavalierly that unfortunately, its impact is lost. However, I can’t think of a better word that encapsulates the coaching career of John McDonnell. In terms of track and field and cross country, the former Razorback coach was indeed The...