Troy McDonough is in his fourthseason as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's track and field team. McDonough brings a passion for the sport and a wealth of high-level competitive and coaching experience to his role as Volunteer Assistant Pole Vault Coach.
McDonough competed as a multi event athlete for the University of Montana, earning All-American honors in the decathlon, setting the Big Sky Conference Championship record and University of Montana records in the decathlon and indoor pentathlon. During his career at Montana, McDonough was a fourth place finisher at the 1999 NCAA Division I Championship, a 1998 Conference Champion in the decathlon, a three-time All-Conference performer in the decathlon and high hurdles and a Big Sky Conference Championship qualifier in an astounding eleven different track and field events, while he scored in seven.
Prior to graduating with honors in Health and Human Performance, with an emphasis in Exercise Science, McDonough was an NCAA Academic All-American, an eight time Big Sky Academic All-Conference selection, a two year team captain and President of the University of Montana Student-Athlete Advisory Board.
After a seven-year lay off from competition, McDonough earned a spot on the United States Bobsled Team in 2006-07 as a Push-Athlete. McDonough represented the USA on the Americas Cup and European Cup teams, and finished third in the overall points standing in the two-man bobsled on the Americas Cup Circuit before suffering a career ending injury.
Following his decorated collegiate track and field career, McDonough returned to the University of Montana for four years, two as a volunteer assistant and two as a graduate assistant coach in the multi-events, pole-vault, jumps and throws. During that span Montana produced three All-Americans in the decathlon, one in the heptathlon and one in the women's pole vault.
After earning his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy, McDonough worked full time as a physical therapist specializing in Sports Therapy. Between 2006 and 2008 he also served as the Team Physical Therapist and Strength & Speed Coach for the Mountain West Track Club, a professional middle and long distance running club. Those athletes included five National Champions, several Olympic and World Championship Team members and two National record holders.
McDonough also works as a Physical Therapist in South Windsor, Conn. for ECHN and is married to UConn Distance Coach, Andrea Grove-McDonough. McDonough and his wife currently reside in Storrs, Conn.
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