Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Former University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) standout Rhett McDonald has been named the new head coach of the Duluth East boys' basketball team, the school announced on Friday.
The Cambridge, Minn. native takes over for Chuck Tolo, who saw his contract not renewed by the Duluth School Board this past April after a controversy surrounding one his players, Akolda Manyang.
McDonald had a stellar athletic career at Cambridge-Isanti, where he was a career 1,000-point scorer and earned all-state honorable mention with the boys' basketball team.
He finished as that program's all-time leader in assists, and he also participated in both football and track and field for the school.
From there, McDonald went on to a four-year career with the Bulldogs men's basketball team, earning captain honors during his senior season.
His basketball coaching career includes an assistant coaching job at Owatonna, where he helped that team to the Section 1AAAA final. He has also coached high school track and field at Blooming Prairie High School.