Edwin A. McDonald
Is One of the Most Important Personalities in the History of Lions Basketball. Having Served the Program as Both a Player and Head Coach. A Three-Year Starter, He was Lions Team Captain and Leading Scorer in Their Historic Win Over USC In 1938. He was Recognized by the Los Angeles Times as "About As Classy A Guard As You'll Find in the College Ranks Out This Way." Later, As Head Coach, He Resurrected the Basketball Program After a Lapse Because of World War II. During His Six Years at the Helm, the Lions Picked Up Many Important Wins, Including the 57-56 Upset Victory over Eastern Powerhouse C.C.N.Y. at the Olympic Auditorium In 1949. That Year the Lions Set School All-Time Records for Victories (22) and Consecutive Victories (10) With Top Players Like Billy Donovan and Johnny Arndt. McDonald was the First Coach to Take the Lions to the eastern US, Playing Such Top Schools as Louisville, North Carolina State, and Boston College.