HEAD COACH

Scott Mcdonald

Born in Dandenong, Melbourne, Scott McDonald is a former Australian representative footballer and international premier league player. He scored about 200 goals in more than 600 games during his 23-year playing career.  

The former Socceroo striker began his senior footballing career with Gippsland Falcons in the National Soccer League before moving to the UK in {2000 or 2001?} where he represented a range of clubs. This included playing for Southhampton in the Premier League, and for Celtic and Motherwell in the Scottish topflight. With Motherwell, he was named BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound Player of the Year in recognition of his eight man-of-the match performances in the 2006-07 season.  

In {what year?} he returned to Australia and represented the country 26 times between 2006 and 2012 and played with Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar in the A-League.  

Career highlights include being in the squad for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup (Australia finished second), the 1999 FIFA Under 17 World Championship, 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. 

McDonald was named as head coach of the NPL Gold Coast Knights on August 26, 2021. He led the men’s first team to two seasons of unprecedented success with two championship victories, along with a clean sweep of trophies in a treble-winning 2022/23 Queensland campaign. He was named Competition NPL Coach of the Year at the 2023 Football in Queensland Awards.  

Prior to joining the Knights, he headed the football program at Saint Stephen’s College, Gold Coast, and was Under 20 assistant coach and Under 12-17 striker coach for the Brisbane Roar. He also had coaching roles at Millwall Football Club and Motherwell Football Club in the UK, with the U15s/U16s and the assistant reserve team, respectively.  

McDonald contributes valuable insights to the industry, with a robust skillset that includes football, scouting, sports coaching, sports marketing and more. He is also a football analyst, presenter and co-commentator.  

McDonald is focused on another strong season for the Knights and knows there are a lot of teams gunning to replace the Knights at the top. Ramping up his team, including the new recruits, is a challenge he’s up for. He has had the privilege of playing for some of the best coaches in the game, and from them he gets a lot of his inspiration.   

Certifications: 

  • UEFA A Licence  
  • UEFA B Licence 
  • UEFA Pro Licence (pending completion) 

Player Achievements:  

  • 2007/08 Scottish Premier League champion with Celtic FC 
  • 2008/09 Scottish League Cup winner with Celtic FC 
  • 2004/05 Scottish League Cup finalist with Motherwell FC 
  • 2011 AFC Asian Cup finalist with Australia 
  • 1999 FIFA U17 World Championship finalist with Australia 
  • Qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals in South Africa with Australia.