Donnalley named Carolina football’s director of high school relations

Chapel Hill, NC – The University of North Carolina football program has named Carolina Football Family member and NFL veteran Kevin Donnalley director of high school relations, head coach Mack Brown announced on Monday. Donnalley joins Brown’s staff after spending four years as the director of student-athlete development at Charlotte.

Former UNC and NFL offensive lineman Kevin Donnalley has joined Mack Brown’s staff as director of high school relatons. (Panthers.com)

“We’re excited that Kevin is joining our staff in
this critical position,” Brown said. “He has a true passion for Carolina
and a wealth of experience across all levels of football. He was an
All-American for us here during our first stint
in Chapel Hill and went on to have an excellent career in the NFL.
Then, he was able to add to his experience by spending time at the
collegiate level in player development at Charlotte. He’ll be a valuable
resource for both our parents and the high school
coaches. We’re looking forward to seeing him continue to grow and build
strong relationships with those groups, and we can’t wait to welcome
Kevin, his wife Erica, and their three children, Kayla, Thomas and
Matthew back to the family.”

In this role, Donnalley will provide outreach to
all high school coaches by establishing, maintaining and improving
relationships between them and the football staff. He will foster strong
relationships with those coaches to enhance the
recruiting efforts of the program. In addition, Donnalley will oversee
all high school communications, serve as the practice guest liaison, and
assist with recruiting events and visits.

“First off, I want to thank Coach Brown and the
football staff for providing my family with this opportunity,” Donnalley
stated. “I have a passion for Carolina and a passion for the game at
all levels, so this is the perfect role for me
to have an impact on this program’s success. I’m really looking forward
to connecting with all of the high school coaches and serving as a
resource for them. The role of a high school coach as a mentor and
developer is critical in the growth of our young men
and I have a ton of admiration for what they do, so I can’t wait to
rekindle old relationships, create new ones, and have the chance to
interact with such a special group of people.  I believe we are in a
position to do great things at Carolina and I’m thrilled
to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get back to Chapel Hill and get
started.”

Donnalley served in a number of roles at Charlotte
since the program started in 2013 before settling into his director of
player development position. He worked in strength and conditioning
initially and was set to move into player development,
but was thrust into coaching the offensive line during the 2015 season.
Donnalley moved into player development in 2016, where he led the
strategic planning for development and worked closely with
student-athletes. He was heavily involved in camps and increased
attendance through relationship building with coaches locally,
regionally and nationally. In addition, Donnalley developed strong
relationships with local schools, hospitals and non-profits to diversify
community-service opportunities.

In addition to his work at Charlotte, Donnalley has
also been a long-time philanthropist and public speaker. He founded the
March Forth with Hope Foundation in 2005 to provide support for
families with children facing life threatening medical
conditions. He’s also served as a committee chair for the Charlotte
Christian School and an advisory board member for the Make a Wish
Foundation. As a speaker, Donnalley has presented at various
conferences, corporate events and professional development sessions
on topics such as leadership, teamwork and overcoming adversity.

Donnalley played 13 seasons in the NFL as an
offensive lineman. He was selected in the third round of the ’91 NFL
Draft by the Houston Oilers and went on to play there from 1991-96, a
time that included three playoff runs. In 1997, Donnalley
played for the Tennessee Titans before heading to the Miami Dolphins
from 1998-2000 for three seasons of playoff football. He completed his
career by playing three seasons for the Carolina Panthers that included a
run to Super Bowl XXXVIII following the 2003
season.

A 1991 graduate of North Carolina with a degree in
economics, Donnalley was a three-year letterman and captain for the Tar
Heels. He earned All-America and all-conference honors as a senior in
1990 and was part of the group that laid the
foundation for Carolina’s unprecedented success during the ensuing
decade.

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