Donathan joined the Razorback staff prior to the 2019 season after serving as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Arizona State, for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Donathan returned to Arizona State after serving one season as an assistant coach under Shane Pinder at Liberty University.
“Our team and those that support our program will come to learn what I already have experienced. We are deeply fortunate to have someone with such great character and abilities as Macey’s, join our program. She has lived the life of a student-athlete. Her mindfulness and dedication to the team helped her ASU teams play at a tremendous level. She brings those same traits to her coaching career.”
Since arriving in Fayetteville, Donathan has helped guide the growth of outside-hitters Jillian Gillen and Taylor Head. Rewarded for their success in 2020-21, Gillen was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Head was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. Both Razorbacks also garnered AVCA All-South Region Team Honors.
Head led Arkansas to six, weekend sweeps of conference opponents, including the Hogs exhilarating sweep of then-No. 14 Texas A&M in the fall. She finished her rookie campaign as a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree and the league leader in double-doubles with a notable 13. Gillen landed in the top-five in the SEC for service aces per set, kills per set and points per set and finished the year with a pair of SEC Player of the Week honors and SEC Offensive Player of the Week awards.
Donathan finished her career at Arizona State in 2015 as the Sun Devils’ all-time leader in career kills with 1,882, a total that ranks 13th all-time in Pac-12 history. She was a three-time Pac-12 All-Conference selection, becoming just the second Arizona State volleyball player to do so. As a 2014 AVCA All-America third-team selection, Donathan totaled 594 kills as a junior. Donathan holds Arizona State’s freshman season record with 577 kills in 2012, when she led the Pac-12 in kills. She also spent two seasons on the Sun Devils’ sand volleyball team.
During her time at Arizona State, Donathan received international playing experience. She was selected to play on the Pac-12 volleyball All-Star team in China in 2013. Donathan also participated in winter training in 2013 with the USA National Team.
Donathan has coached volleyball on the club level, coaching 15’s and 16’s. She led Club One for four seasons while spending one season with Club Red. Additionally, Donathan coached the Club One 18’s for one season of sand volleyball.
Donathan first entered the coaching ranks at the club level, serving as an assistant coach for Club One Volleyball from 2012-15. During her tenure at Liberty, Donathan worked extensively with the team’s outside attackers, blocking and serve receive passing.
A valley native who prepped at Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Arizona, Donathan graduated from Arizona State in December of 2015, earning a bachelor’s degree in business communication. Macey and her husband, Zach, welcomed their son Benaiah in January of 2021.