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Kevin McGarry

Director of Player Personnel

USD - BA in Diversified Liberal Arts & MA in Educational Administration

Kevin  McGarry


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At San Diego State:

  • Kevin McGarry enters his fifth season as a full-time member of the San Diego State football staff.
  • He is one of four members of the San Diego State staff which have been a collegiate head coach at another school (Rocky Long, Bobby Hauck, Jeff Horton and McGarry).
  • After serving as special teams coach for the past two years following a stint as linebackers coach in 2011, he assumed the title of director of player personnel in March 2014.
  • In his current role, McGarry handles the day-to-day adminstrative duties of the Aztecs' recruiting efforts and will contribute to the team's overall talent evaluation.
  • Coached two players - punter Joel Alesi (Oct. 7) and return specialist Tim Vizzi (Nov. 25) - who received Mountain West Special Teams Player-of-the-Week recognition in 2013. Alesi was also named to the Ray Guy Award watch list, while Vizzi tied a school record with two punt returns for touchdowns last year.
  • Oversaw a special teams unit that returned two kicks for touchdowns in 2012. Also coached two players in kicker Chance Marden (Oct. 22) and returner Colin Lockett (Nov. 5), who earned Mountain West Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors.
  • In 2011, 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 was selected in the fourth round the 2012 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
  • Two of McGarry's linebackers, Burris and Logan Ketchum, also received acclaim for their work in the classroom. In the spring of 2012, Burris earned a spot on the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society and was a semifinalist for the NFF's William V. Campbell Trophy. Ketchum, meanwhile, was named the 2011-12 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.

Previous Experience:

  • 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.

Playing Experience:

  • 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 (28), Mike (28), Timbo (25) and Matt (19).