Dan McCarney

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Dan McCarney
Biographical details
Born (1953-07-28) July 28, 1953 (age 65)
Iowa City, Iowa
Playing career
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1978Iowa (GA)
1979–1989Iowa (DL)
1990–1994Wisconsin (DC/DL)
1995–2006Iowa State
2007South Florida (AHC/DL)
2008–2010Florida (AHC/DL)
2011–2015North Texas
Head coaching record

Patrick Daniel McCarney (born July 28, 1953) is a former American football coach.

McCarney was an offensive lineman at the University of Iowa from 1972 to 1974 and was named team captain in 1974. He returned to Iowa as a graduate assistant from 1977 to 1978 under Bob Commings. When Hayden Fry arrived at Iowa in 1979, he named McCarney as defensive line coach, a post he held for 10 years--during which Iowa made two appearances in the Rose Bowl. He served as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison under Barry Alvarez from 1990 to 1994.

He served as head coach at Iowa State University from 1995 to 2006. During that span, McCarney led the Cyclones to five bowl games, more than any other Iowa State coach in history. The Cyclones had been to only three bowl games in their entire history before his arrival. In their first bowl appearance under McCarney, the 2000 Insight.com Bowl, the Cyclones notched their first bowl win in school history. His 56 wins and 85 losses are both school records.

At the time of his resignation in November 2006, he was the longest tenured head football coach in the Big 12 Conference.[1][2]

In February 2007, McCarney accepted a position as the defensive line coach and assistant head coach at the University of South Florida.[3] The next year, he accepted the same position at the University of Florida. He coached the defensive line at Florida for two years. During his tenure, the Gators produced NFL draft picks Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham. In November 2010, McCarney was offered and accepted the position of head coach at the University of North Texas.[4] On October 10, 2015 after a 66–7 loss to Portland State University, McCarney was fired.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Iowa State Cyclones (Big Eight Conference) (1995)
1995 Iowa State 3–8 1–6 T–7th
Iowa State Cyclones (Big 12 Conference) (1996–2006)
1996 Iowa State 2–9 1–7 6th (North)
1997 Iowa State 1–10 1–7 6th (North)
1998 Iowa State 3–8 1–7 T–5th (North)
1999 Iowa State 4–7 1–7 T–5th (North)
2000 Iowa State 9–3 5–3 3rd (North) W Insight.com 23 25
2001 Iowa State 7–5 4–4 3rd (North) L Independence
2002 Iowa State 7–7 4–4 3rd (North) L Humanitarian
2003 Iowa State 2–10 0–8 6th (North)
2004 Iowa State 7–5 4–4 T–1st (North) W Independence
2005 Iowa State 7–5 4–4 T–2nd (North) L Houston
2006 Iowa State 4–8 1–7 6th (North)
Iowa State: 56–85 27–68
North Texas Mean Green (Sun Belt Conference) (2011–2012)
2011 North Texas 5–7 4–4 5th
2012 North Texas 4–8 3–5 T–6th
North Texas Mean Green (Conference USA) (2013–2015)
2013 North Texas 9–4 6–2 T–2nd (West) W Heart of Dallas
2014 North Texas 4–8 2–6 5th (West)
2015 North Texas 0–5 0–2 (Fired)
North Texas: 22–32 15–19
Total: 78–117
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Dan McCarney who became NCAA head coaches:


  1. ^ "espn.com". McCarney's resignation effective at season's end. Retrieved November 8, 2006.
  2. ^ "dmregister.com". Hayden Fry: McCarney will do a great job at North Texas. Retrieved December 1, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "espn.com". Former Iowa State Coach joins South Florida staff. Retrieved February 6, 2007.
  4. ^ Florida assistant Dan McCarney accepts North Texas head job Archived December 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Palm Beach Post, November 28, 2010.
  5. ^ Evans, Thayer (October 10, 2015). "North Texas fires head coach Dan McCarney after 0–5 start". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 10, 2015.