San Jose, Calif.-----Mike MacIntyre, the 2009 American Football Coaches Association Football Bowl Subdivision Assistant Coach of the Year and former Duke University defensive coordinator, has been named the San Jose State University football coach. Athletics Director Tom Bowen made the announcement.
The 44-year old MacIntyre and the university agreed to a five-year contract as San Jose State's 29th football head coach dating back to 1893. The head coaching position is his first in a 20-season coaching career that includes successful stints in the Football Bowl Subdivision and the National Football League.
"TIRELESS ENERGY & DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP"
"By hiring Mike MacIntyre, San Jose State University takes a tremendous step forward enhancing its football program. Mike MacIntyre was the unanimous first choice of the search team led by President Jon Whitmore, members of the faculty, the Academic Senate and the director of athletics. He offered the most compelling case to build upon the great base that (former coach) Dick Tomey created in his five years," says Bowen. "Mike's tireless energy and dynamic leadership will motivate our student-athletes to reach great heights in the classroom and on the playing field as they did under Dick Tomey."
"First of all, I want to thank President Whitmore, athletics director Tom Bowen and San Jose State University for the opportunity to lead the Spartans' football program. My family and I are excited to be here. It is a privilege to follow Dick Tomey as San Jose State's head coach," says MacIntyre, a son of a former NCAA Division I-A head coach. "Coach Tomey put San Jose State on the right path and it is my job to build on his accomplishments. We are in a fertile area for college football student-athletes. We can and will recruit young men to San Jose State who will be successful here and in the future as university graduates."
A 20-SEASON PATH TO SAN JOSE STATE
MacIntyre spent the past two seasons at Duke as the defensive coordinator. His defensive units over the past two years have recorded some of the Blue Devils' best annual statistics over a 20-year span. The 2008 team allowed 356.9 yards per game, 67.4 fewer yards than the year before, and 23.4 points per game, 9.8 fewer than the previous season. In 2009, Duke's five wins were the most in a season by the Blue Devils since 1994. Three Duke defenders received 2009 All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) honors - the university's largest total in a single season in several years.
Prior to joining the staff at Duke, MacIntyre spent five seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets (2007) and Dallas Cowboys (2003-06) coaching defensive backs. Working for legendary coach Bill Parcells, the Cowboys returned to the playoffs in 2003 and again in 2006 after missing out on post-season competition during the 2000 through 2002 seasons.
MacIntyre has coached on both sides of the ball, spending four years at Ole Miss (1999-2002) where he started as the wide receivers coach two seasons and the defensive secondary coach in his final two years. The Rebels posted a 29-19 record with bowl appearances in the 1999 and 2002 Independence Bowls and the 2000 Music City Bowl. The 2001 Rebels ranked fifth nationally in pass defense, allowing just 161.3 yards per game.
Along his coaching trail, he has mentored many current NFL players including current Cincinnati Bengals safety Roy Williams, the eighth overall selection in the 2002 draft. Williams was selected to the Pro Bowl each of the four seasons MacIntyre coached him in Dallas. MacIntyre was instrumental in recruiting current San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis to Mississippi.
His coaching career began as a two-year graduate assistant at the University of Georgia (1990-91). He then worked one year as the defensive coordinator at Davidson (1992), four at Tennessee Martin (1993-96), and two at Temple (1997-98).
"Coach MacIntyre brings impressive football experience on both the collegiate and professional levels," says San Jose State University President Jon Whitmore. "Just as important, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing the character and academic success of his student-athletes. I am looking forward to a great 2010 season, and would like to thank Director of Athletics Tom Bowen and the search committee for their thorough work on a national search that brought us a truly outstanding coach."
A SECOND-GENERATION MAJOR COLLEGE HEAD COACH
A 1989 graduate of Georgia Tech, he played two seasons (1987-88) at free safety and punt returner for head coach Bobby Ross. Prior to becoming a Yellow Jacket, MacIntyre played two seasons (1984-85) at Vanderbilt for his father, George MacIntyre, the head coach of the Commodores from 1979-85.
MacIntyre earned a bachelor's degree in business management at Georgia Tech and then earned a master's degree in education with an emphasis on sports management from Georgia in 1991.
Born on March 14, 1965, in Miami, Fla., he and his wife, Trisha, have three children, Jennifer, Jay Michael and Jonston.