Local community mourns the loss of beloved coach and teacher

LIVINGSTON, Louisiana (BRPROUD) – Tragedy has struck a high school in the parish of Livingston.

A beloved local coach has passed away and the community is in mourning.

Guy McDonald died on September 3.

According to The Advocate, McDonald’s died “after a battle with COVID-19”.

McDonald has coached baseball, women’s basketball and track and field for over 20 years at Doyle High School and Doyle Junior High School.

A post on the Doyle Lady Tigers Facebook page shows how much we will miss Coach McDonald:

We have lost one of our own, Coach Guy McDonald. Coach Guy was an important part of our program. Without it, there will be forever a missing piece in the heart of our community. In his final year of training at Doyle, he led his Lady Tigers to a 2014 State Runner-Up! Please keep his family and our community in your prayers as we mourn such a special person. Coach Guy will forever be a Tiger! We will miss you! #Onceatigeralwaysatiger

McDonald’s had a distinguished career at the Livingston School.

The Livingston Parish News provides a list of some of McDonald’s accomplishments:

  • Head baseball coach at Doyle High School between 1990 and 2006.
  • At the same time, McDonald was the head coach of the girls ‘basketball team at Doyle Junior High and was an assistant coach of the boys’ basketball program for two seasons.
  • Finished one season 24-0 at Doyle Junior High.
  • Led the Lady Tigers to back-to-back quarterfinal appearances in 2012 and 2013 and a state championship game in 2014
  • Named Parish “Coach of the Year” for women’s basketball in its final year

“I just wanted to slow down a bit and try to be just a teacher,” McDonald said after announcing his retirement. “It takes a lot of your time to coach, and now I want to spend some quality time with my family. “