Mike graduated from Bishop Boyle High School in Homestead, Pa. Following high school, he worked for a while before eventually attending and playing football for Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona. While at Scottsdale he was recruited to Baker by head football coach Charlie Richard. At Baker, he made an immediate impact on the Wildcat squad as he was a two-year starter and all-conference tight end who served as team captain his senior year. He helped lead the Wildcats to an NAIA Division II national runner-up finish in 1986.
After graduating from Baker in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, he enrolled in graduate school at Fort Hays State University in Kansas where he spent two years working as a graduate assistant coach with linebackers. His collegiate coaching career moved to the Division I rank in 1989 as a volunteer assistant at the University of Pittsburgh for Mike Gottfried. A year later his hard work and determination earned him a paid position at Pitt, working as an assistant coach with quarterbacks and later with wide receivers for the Panthers' new head coach, Paul Hackett. When Hackett left Pitt to become the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, Mike was asked to join him as an assistant coach for the offense in charge of quality control. From 1995 to 1998 he served as the Chiefs quarterbacks coach.
During the years with the Chiefs he worked with quarterbacks Joe Montana, Elvis Grbac, Steve Bono and Rich Gannon. Gannon credits Mike for having been the coach to help him take his game to the next level. Gannon has been quoted as having said, “There was never a doubt in my mind he’d be a head coach. He’s a great play-caller, great working with the quarterbacks. He’s a tough guy, a guy willing to do the work, and he’s a leader”.
In 1999 Mike left the Chiefs for a position coaching the quarterbacks (and notably future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and all-pro Matt Hasselbeck) with the Green Bay Packers. The next year he was hired as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. During his successful five-year stint with the Saints his offensive teams became the most prolific in the franchise’s four-decade history as they set 10 offensive team records and 25 individual records.
In 2000, Mike was selected the NFL’s assistant coach of the year by USA Today. In 2005 he moved to the San Francisco 49ers as offensive coordinator for one season before being named the 14th head football coach of the legendary Green Bay Packers on January 12, 2006. At the time he was named, he was the third youngest head coach in the NFL at 42. In his first year at Green Bay, he turned the team’s fortunes around leading the team from a record of 4-12 the year prior to his arrival to a respectable 8-8. He also won the respect of the Green Bay players and fans for not only his on-field leadership but also for having immersed himself in a myriad of civic activities and fund-raisers benefiting local charities.
In 2011, McCarthy led the Packers to the ultimate prize of a Super Bowl victory. McCarthy and the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XVL. Marking the fourth super bowl title in the tradition rich history of the Packers.
He has one daughter, Alexandra.