1986- Tyndall is standout while playing high school ball
A Grand Rapids, Michigan native, Donnie Tyndall was a standout ball player in high school. He earned a slew of awards including all-conference, all-area and all-state. He was a two-time MVP for his school, Grand Rapids Northview.
1990- A stop at community college in Iowa
Donnie Tyndall plays his freshman season at Iowa Central Community College. There, he was selected All-region and was chosen as 1990 Athlete of the Year at the school.
1991- Three years at playing Morehead State University
Tyndall plays three final years at Morehead State. He earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a minor in business.
1994- Gets his coaching start
After graduating from Morehead State, Tyndall heads back to Iowa, where he becomes an assistant coach at his alma mater, Iowa Central Community College.
1996- Leads St. Catharine to national tournament
Tyndall led the team in the school's first-ever appearance in the NJCAA national tournament with a 30-5 record. He was later recognized as the 1997 Region 7 National Coach of the Year, the Kentucky Junior College Coach of the Year and the Kentucky-Tennessee Junior College Coach of the Year.
1997- Heads south to LSU
After his run to the NJCAA tournament with St. Catharine College, Tyndall leaves to become an assistant coach at Louisiana State University. According to a old bio posted to the LSU's website, he was involved in daily on-floor coaching of the team, as well as in charge of the video library and scouting future opponents. He coached four players who went on to the NBA and in 2000, was a part of a team that made a run for the SEC Championship, Sweet Sixteen and a year-end ranking of 10th in the country. He also earned his masters degree from LSU in 2000.
2001- Tyndall heads west to Idaho
After working at LSU, Tyndall followed his friend Leonard Perry out west to the University of Idaho. There, as associate head coach, Tyndall helped recruit a class ranked as high as 16th nationally in 2001. He was also in charge of scouting out each opponent and preparing the team.
2002- First stop in Tennessee
After just one season, Tyndall left Idaho to work as an associate head coach for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. There, he helped them have four consecutive winning seasons. Tyndall also served as recruiting coordinator, and he landed not one, but two national, top-25 signing classes in 2003 and 2004.
2006- Tyndall takes over at alma mater, Morehead State
When Tyndall took over at Morehead State, the program had finished 4-23 in the previous year. By the time he left, he'd taken the school to the NCAA tournament twice, in 2009 and 2011, as well as led the school to 20-win seasons almost every year he was there. During his time at Morehead, he was voted Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year twice.
2012- Southern Mississippi names Tyndall head coach
After what Tyndall has said was a tough decision, he left his alma mater to coach at Southern Mississippi. There, as the school's 19th head basketball coach, Tyndall led the golden eagles to the NIT twice, as well as set many school win records.
March 19, 2014- Southern Miss makes a NIT run
Earlier this year, Southern Miss made its second big run in two years for the National Invitation Tournament. First stop, was taking out Toledo, 66-59. This, after a 15-0 record at home for the season, and 28 wins overall - the most for the program since it became Division 1 in 1972.
March 23, 2014- Southern Miss beats Missouri in NIT
Next, the Golden Eagles headed to Mid-MO, where they took on the University of Missouri in the heart of Tiger nation. The Eagles topped the Tigers, 71-63 and headed to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the semifinals.
March 26, 2014- Southern Miss falls to the Gophers in NIT Semifinals
Tyndall's Golden Eagles fall to the University of Minnesota Gophers in the semifinals of the NIT. The Gophers went on to the finals, after beating Southern Miss 81-73.
April 15, 2014- Martin announces UT departure
News broke that Cuonzo Martin would be leaving UT for University of California at Berkeley. Tyndall said in his press conference later that his daughter had texted him the news, saying "The Tennessee coaching job is open!"
April 22, 2014- Donnie Tyndall announced as new UT head basketball coach
The University of Tennessee, after reportedly offering the head coaching job to Michael White of Louisiana Tech, announced Tuesday afternoon that Donnie Tyndall would be the new head basketball coach for the Vols.