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.
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
Was named the Pioneer Football League Coach of the Year in
2002, and had eight players garner All-America honors during his
Prior to being named head coach, was USD's defensive coordinator
from 1980-95, and was an assistant coach at the school from
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
McGarry and his wife, Mary Ann, have four sons, Pat (28), Mike
(28), Timbo (25) and Matt (19).