Golf Coaching Staff

Boys Golf Head Coach – Clay McDonald                                       Email:

Clay McDonald began coaching golf at Gainesville High School in 2006 as an assistant to Men’s Head Coach Bryson Worley. Coach McDonald spent 2 seasons as the Men’s assistant before becoming the Women’s Head Coach in 2008.  

 The 11th-year head coach has successfully revitalized one of the state’s top programs. Over the last 10 years, McDonald has led the Lady Red Elephant golf team to 8 Hall County Championships, 3 Region titles, an Area Championship, a State Runner-up in 2014 and a State Championship in 2012.

The golf team’s success under McDonald has consistently earned spots in the GHSA State Golf Championships 9 out of the last 10 seasons while finishing in the top 5 in five of those appearances.

Coach McDonald has successfully put the Lady Red Elephant golf team back on the map after 2003 and 2004 State titles which has sparked a resurgence in the GHS Alumni and Gainesville community for Women’s Golf.

McDonald was named Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Region Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014, State Coach of the Year in 2012 as well as Area Coach of the Year in 2018.

McDonald is producing headline-worthy student-athletes on the course while his golfers also are among the most active in the Gainesville community, as well as earning top honors in the classroom attending top academic courses.

In addition to their classroom accomplishments, Lady Red Elephant players have moved on to play college golf at schools such as: Birmingham Southern University,  North Greenville University, University of North Georgia, College of Coastal Georgia and Gordon College. Other players have earned top academic scholarships at Georgia Tech, Mercer University, Furman University and the University of Georgia.

Coach McDonald is a 1998 graduate of Florida State University with Bachelors of Science degrees in Physical Education and Health Education. He has been married to his wife Tiffany for 18 years and are the proud parents of two wonderful daughters: Ashley and Addison.

Associate Head Boys Coach – Kevin Brown

Girls Golf Head Coach – Brad Prestridge                                   Email: