KEVIN MCGARRY Last Updated 8/16/12
Assistant Coach
(Special Teams)
Third Season

  Hiring Release - 01/24/11

Recruiting Areas:
SD East & North (El Cajon, Rancho Bernardo, Ramona), Orange County, Hawai'i

Kevin McGarry


  • Kevin McGarry is in his second year as a full-time member of the Aztec coaching staff. After working with linebackers last season, he will be in charge of the special teams unit in 2012.

  • A year ago, coached first-team all-conference linebacker Miles Burris, who led the league in tackles for loss with 19.5, which ranked ninth nationally. Burris also was named to watch lists for the Butkus, Lombardi and Nagurski Awards and this past April, was selected in the fourth round the NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

  • Two of McGarry's linebackers, Burris and Logan Ketchum, also received acclaim for their work in the classroom. Burris earned a spot on the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society and was a semifinalist for this past year's NFF's William V. Campbell Trophy. Ketchum, meanwhile, was named the 2011 SDSU Student-Athlete of the Year and became the first Aztec football player to secure a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District 8 first team since 2006.

  • Before beginning his current position, served as an assistant to the Aztec coaches from 2009-10.

  • Moved across town after eight campaigns as the head football coach at the University of San Diego from 1996-2003. McGarry compiled a 39-37 overall record with five seasons at .500 or above. His squads also were ranked nationally on three occasions.

  • Under McGarry's direction, the Toreros were the No. 1 offense in the nation (Div. I-AA) in 2003, and consistently were rated in the top 20 in various defensive categories. In 2002, he helped then junior quarterback Eric Rasmussen lead the nation in passing efficiency (164.2).

  • Was named the Pioneer Football League Coach of the Year in 2002, and had eight players garner All-America honors during his tenure.

  • Prior to being named head coach, was USD's defensive coordinator from 1980-95, and was an assistant coach at the school from 1978-80.

  • Also was the Toreros' head softball coach from 1980-85.

  • Began his collegiate career at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he started at wide receiver and defensive back from 1974-75. He was tabbed the team's MVP his final campaign and was later inducted into Saddleback's Athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Transferred to the University of San Diego, playing on both sides of the ball at wide receiver and defensive back from 1976-77. He picked up team defensive player-of-the-year honors his senior season.

  • Has a bachelor's degree in English/diversified liberal arts and a master's in educational administration from the University of San Diego.

  • McGarry and his wife, Mary Ann, have four sons, Pat (25), Mike (25), Timbo (22) and Matt (16).

    Hometown San Diego, Calif.
    College San Diego - BA Diversified Liberal Arts & MA in Educational Administration
    Office # 619-594-4935
    Year Team Position
    2012-13 San Diego State Special Teams
    2011 San Diego State Linebackers
    1996-03 San Diego Head Coach
    1978-95 San Diego Defensive Coordinator

    Year School Title Record
    2011 San Diego State Linebackers 8-5
    2003 San Diego Head Coach 8-2
    2002 San Diego Head Coach 5-5
    2001 San Diego Head Coach 6-3
    2000 San Diego Head Coach 4-6
    1999 San Diego Head Coach 5-5
    1998 San Diego Head Coach 2-8
    1997 San Diego Head Coach 8-3
    1996 San Diego Head Coach 4-6
    1995 San Diego Defensive Coord. 5-5
    1994 San Diego Defensive Coord. 6-4
    1993 San Diego Defensive Coord. 6-4
    1992 San Diego Defensive Coord. 7-2-1
    1991 San Diego Defensive Coord. 7-3
    1990 San Diego Defensive Coord. 7-2
    1989 San Diego Defensive Coord. 7-2
    1988 San Diego Defensive Coord. 5-4
    1987 San Diego Defensive Coord. 6-3-1
    1986 San Diego Defensive Coord. 4-6
    1985 San Diego Defensive Coord. 5-5
    1984 San Diego Defensive Coord. 1-8
    1983 San Diego Defensive Coord. 5-5
    1982 San Diego Defensive Coord. 4-6
    1981 San Diego Defensive Coord. 9-1
    1980 San Diego Defensive Coord. 6-5
    1979 San Diego Defensive Coord. 5-6
    1978 San Diego Defensive Coord. 7-3
    1977 San Diego Defensive Coord. 3-7
    1976 San Diego Defensive Coord. 1-7-1
    1975 San Diego Defensive Coord. 2-7
    Name Pos. (team) Achievements
    Miles Burris LB (SDSU) NFL Draft Pick
     San Diego State
     2011  New Orleans Bowl


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