Tim McDonald
Tim  McDonald

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Tim McDonald is in his first season as secondary coach for the Bulldogs. A Fresno native and local football legend, McDonald was hired as an assistant coach on Jan. 4, 2012.

McDonald played safety for 13 seasons in the NFL from 1987-99 with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals (1987-92) and the San Francisco 49ers (1993-99). He was selected to six Pro Bowls, including five-straight from 1991-95, and was named All-Pro six times. McDonald helped the 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX with a 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Hometown Fresno, Calif.
Date of Birth Jan. 6, 1965
Education •USC (2010)-bachelor's in business administration
Playing History •1983-86: SS at USC
•34th overall pick in 1987 NFL Draft
•1987-92: SS, St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals
•1993-99: SS, San Francisco 49ers
Family Wife: Alycia
Sons: Tim, Jr. & Tevin
Daughter: Tary

•2012-Present: Fresno State (Secondary Coach)
•2009 & 2011: Head Coach at Edison High School

•Won Super Bowl XXIX with the San Francisco 49ers
•Voted to six Pro Bowls (1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
•Named All-Pro six times (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995)
•Consensus All-American at USC in 1986
•Was one of only six Safeties named on the Walter Camp All-Century Team selected in 1999, celebrating the greatest College Football players of the 20th Century.
•Finalist for the Jim Thorpe as a senior in 1986 •Defensive Player of the Game at the 1987 East-West Shrine Game
Over his 13-year NFL career, he played in 191 games, making 187 starts. McDonald finished his pro career with 1,063 tackles, 40 interceptions and he recovered 16 fumbles.

McDonald was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round (34th overall pick) of the 1987 NFL Draft. After playing six seasons in the Cardinals organization, McDonald signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers on April 7, 1993. He retired from the NFL following the 1999 season.

Collegiately, McDonald was a two-time All-American safety at the University of Southern California and he collected consensus All-America honors in 1986. A three-year starter at strong safety for the Trojans, McDonald accumulated 325 tackles and 11 interceptions in his collegiate career.

He was one of only six safeties named to the Walter Camp All-Century Team selected in 1999, celebrating the greatest College Football players of the 20th Century.

Most recently, McDonald had been the head coach at his alma mater, Edison High School, in Fresno in 2009 and 2011. He led the Tigers to a 10-2 record in 2011 and the semifinals of the division one playoffs and back in 2009 his team captured the division two Valley championship.

He took a one-year hiatus in 2010 to receive his degree in business administration from USC.

McDonald and his wife, Alycia, have two sons, Timothy, Jr. (TJ) and Tevin, and one daughter, Tary. TJ has started at free safety the past two seasons at USC and Tevin recently completed his redshirt freshman season as a safety at UCLA with 56 tackles and three interceptions.

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