Courtesy: University of North Texas
Dan McCarney was named the Mean Green's 18th head football coach, University President V. Lane Rawlins and Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal announced on November, 30, 2010.
McCarney, 57, has more than 30 years of college coaching experience, including 12 years as a head coach at Iowa State University. He comes to North Texas after serving as the assistant head coach at the University of Florida where he has been since 2008.
McCarney began his coaching career at the University of Iowa, where he was an assistant for 11 years under legendary former North Texas head coach Hayden Fry. He continued his career as the defensive coordinator at the University of Wisconsin under Barry Alvarez, who will join Fry in the College Football Hall of Fame later this year.
McCarney has a long history of helping to rebuild programs and brings a highly-respected reputation as an engineer of top-ranked defenses. In his 11 years with Fry at Iowa, their teams went to eight bowl games after not having a winning season the previous 19 years. At Wisconsin, McCarney helped turn a team that had won 10 games in five years into a Big 10 Conference championship and Rose Bowl appearance in his fourth year.
McCarney took over as head coach at Iowa State in 1995, assuming responsibility of a program that had enjoyed just three winning seasons in the 16 years prior to his arrival.
McCarney led Iowa State to five bowl games from 2000-05 and was named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year in 2004 when his team earned a Big 12 North co-championship. In 119 years of football at Iowa State, only 17 teams have won seven or more games in a season and McCarney coached five of those.
McCarney remains the longest-tenured (141 games) and winningest (56 victories) head football coach in Iowa State history. His overall record in 12 years as the Cyclones head coach is 56-85.
After leaving Iowa State, McCarney spent one season as the assistant head coach at the University of South Florida, where his defensive line ranked third in the nation in tackles for loss. From 2008-10 at the University of Florida, McCarney helped guide the team to two Southeastern Conference Championship games and three bowl appearances.
In all, McCarney has coached in 20 bowl games in 34 years as a collegiate coach, five of which are current BCS bowls. He has coached 22 players that have been drafted by the NFL, including nine that have gone in the first three rounds.
McCarney is a 1975 graduate of the University of Iowa where he was a three-year letterman on the offensive line and a team captain in 1974.
Dan McCarney Personal Information
Birthday: July 28, 1953
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Education: 1975 - Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from the University of Iowa
Family: Married to Margy McCarney. Has three children: Jillian (23), Melanie (21), Shane (19).
2008-10 Florida (Assistant Head Coach, Defense/Defensive Line)
2007 USF (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line)
1995-2006 Iowa State (Head Coach)
1990-94 Wisconsin (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
1979-89 Iowa (Defensive Line)
1977-78 Iowa (Offensive Line)