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Donovan McMahill

Donovan McMahill

ESS Lecturer
Paul Wright Gym 112 (Wrestling Room)


M.S., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Sport and Exercise Behavior 2013
B.A., Western Colorado University, Exercise and Sport Science, Psychology, 2011


How did you discover Western?

I was a student athlete at Western 2006-2011. I had a great experience! I loved the university, the town and surrounding area. I also fell in love with the people. I met my now wife Emily McMahill during my time at Western. After we graduated, we left Gunnison to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to further our education. We enjoyed our time in the Midwest but we knew we wanted to make it back to Gunnison and Western.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

Really so far the biggest highlight of my career is the opportunity to teach sport psychology at Western. Studying sport psychology at Western was a life changing experience for me . Without the outstanding faculty and coaches , I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the things I did during my career. It is truly an amazing opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with students and hopefully equip them with tools and strategies to help them perform at their highest levels within their performance realms and in life.

Courses Taught

  • ESS 320 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
  • ESS 340 Mental Training for Peak Performance
  • ESS 346 Psychology of Coaching
  • ESS 355 Psychology of Injury

Mountaineer Wrestling

In addition to his faculty position, Donovan serves as the Western’s Men’s Assistant Wrestling coach

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