McDonald has decided to step down as Renegades coach to accept the senior assistant coaching role with the Australian Men’s Team.
The search for a new Renegades BBL coach will begin immediately.
McDonald led the Renegades to the club’s first ever BBL title earlier this year at Marvel Stadium.
“I’m incredibly proud of my time with the Renegades and what the club was able to achieve. To lift the trophy in front of home fans in February is something I’ll remember with pride for a long time,” McDonald said.
“I’d like to thank the players for their support and determination, as well as my assistant coaches and the club’s administrative and support staff for their diligence and professionalism. I’d also like to thank the Renegades members and fans for their loyalty and passion.”
Renegades Captain Aaron Finch said McDonald was able to create a strong team culture.
“Ronnie knows how to create a great environment for players to perform at their best,” Finch said.
“His dedication to ensuring each player and the team is as well prepared as possible is first class.
“He’ll be a great asset to the national team and he’s also helped lay the foundations for sustained future success at the Renegades.”
Acting General Manager Big Bash, Commercial and Marketing David Lever praised McDonald for his contribution to the Renegades.
“Andrew was able to bring together players from around the country and the globe in a short period of time and quickly turn them into a formidable unit,” Lever said.
“We saw young players emerge and players earn national call ups under his watch. The club is naturally disappointed to lose him but proud to see him take the next step in his coaching career.
“The search for a replacement will begin immediately and the club will provide an update in due course.”