Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006
Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University alumnus Mike McCarthy, who played football for the Wildcats in the mid-1980s, has been named head coach of the Green Bay Packers, becoming the first Baker alumnus to lead a major pro sports team.
McCarthy, 42, spent the 2005 NFL season as offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers. From 2000 to 2004, he was the New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator. He has helped develop NFL quarterbacks Brett Favre, Jake Delhomme, Jeff Blake, Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Brooks.
McCarthy also spent six seasons as an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs, serving as quarterbacks coach the last four years. As an offensive assistant in 1993-94, he worked closely with Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and was quarterbacks coach from 1995 to 1998, coaching Steve Bono, Rich Gannon and Elvis Grbac.
McCarthy, a Pittsburgh native, played tight end and was a team captain on Baker’s 1986 team that finished 9-2 and reached the NAIA Div. II championship. He graduated in 1987 with a business degree.