Mike McCoy (American football coach)

Mike McCoy

Color photograph of tall white man (Mike McCoy), wearing a midnight blue San Diego Chargers t-shirt, matching practice shorts, and navy blue baseball cap emblazoned with "USS Ronald Reagan".

McCoy in 2013
San Diego Chargers
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-04-01) April 1, 1972
Place of birth: San Francisco, California
Career information
High school: Novato (CA) San Marin
College: Utah
Undrafted: 1995
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season: 25–30 (.455)
Postseason: 1–1 (.500)
Career: 26–31 (.456)
Coaching stats at PFR

Michael P. McCoy (born April 1, 1972) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the head coach for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).

Playing career

After graduating from San Marin High School in Novato, California, McCoy attended California State University, Long Beach, where he redshirted his first year. During his redshirt freshman season in 1991, McCoy played in eight games for the Long Beach State 49ers, starting five of them. He completed 87 of 165 passes for 938 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.[1] When Long Beach State discontinued its football program in December 1991,[2] McCoy transferred to the University of Utah.[1] In his first season with the Utes, he served primarily as the backup to senior Frank Dolce. He saw action in six games, starting two contests while Dolce was injured.[3][4] He continued as the starter for the 1993 and 1994 seasons, with career totals at Utah of 7,404 yards passing, 49 TD, 23 Int, completing 63.7% for a rating of 146.1. [5]

His collegiate career ended in dramatic fashion in 1994 when he threw a game-winning, 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Dyson in the final minute to give Utah a 16–13 win over Arizona in the Freedom Bowl.[6]

After he wasn't selected in the 1995 NFL Draft, McCoy signed with the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent, but was cut during the preseason. In November that year, the Green Bay Packers signed him to their practice squad following injuries to Brett Favre and his backup Ty Detmer. McCoy played two years in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders behind Dave Dickenson.[7]

Coaching career

National Football League

From 2000–2008, McCoy served on the Carolina Panthers coaching staff.

After the 2008 season, Mike McCoy was hired to be the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Denver Broncos.[8] In 2009, then-Broncos QB Kyle Orton enjoyed a career year under McCoy, posting career highs in virtually every passing category. The following year, the Broncos passing attack ranked seventh in the NFL, and Orton ranked fourth in the league in passing yards per game. McCoy revamped the Broncos offense in 2011 to accommodate Tim Tebow's skill-set, and the Broncos led the NFL in rushing.[9]

On December 31, 2012, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith was fired, and the Bears asked the Broncos for permission to interview McCoy for the head coach position.[10]

In addition to the Bears, the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles also asked and were granted permission to interview McCoy for their vacant head coaching positions during the Broncos' playoff bye week.[11] When asked about McCoy being a hot head coaching candidate, Denver head coach John Fox responded, "he’s a heck-of-a coach."

San Diego Chargers

On January 15, 2013, McCoy became the head coach of the San Diego Chargers, succeeding Norv Turner.[12] McCoy was the youngest active head coach in the NFL and the second-youngest in team history; Al Saunders was 39 years old when he became head coach in 1986. He earned his first win as a head coach on September 15, 2013, against Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Starting the season with a paltry 4–6 record, the Chargers won 5 of their last 6 games - winning 4 straight to end the season - and finished the regular season with a 9–7 record. McCoy led the Chargers to a playoff berth as the AFC's 6th seed. The Chargers had not made the playoffs since 2009.

McCoy's Chargers upset the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27–10 victory in the Wild Card round. This was the Chargers' first playoff victory since 2008. The Chargers' win streak would end in the next round of the playoffs with a 24–17 loss to the eventual AFC Champion Denver Broncos.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
SD 2013 9 7 0 .563 3rd in AFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Denver Broncos in AFC Divisional Game
SD 2014 9 7 0 .563 3rd in AFC West
SD 2015 4 12 0 .267 4th in AFC West
SD 2016 56 0 .400 4th in AFC West
SD Total 2632 0 .448 1 1 .500
Total 2632 0 .448 1 1 .500

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Mike McCoy has served:

Assistant coaches under Mike McCoy who became NFL head coaches:


A native of Novato, California, McCoy and his wife Kellie have two children, a daughter and a son, Olivia and Luke.


  1. 1 2 Robinson, Doug (January 11, 1992). "Utes Get QB Who Played Last Year for Long Beach St.". Deseret News. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  2. "Long Beach St. Drops Football". Chicago Tribune. December 11, 1991. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  3. Robinson, Doug (October 24, 1992). "Utes Hope New QB Is The Real McCoy". Deseret News. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  4. Robinson, Doug (October 31, 1992). "Utes' Slim Hopes Of WAC Title On The Line". Deseret News. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  5. http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/mike-mccoy-4.html
  6. "Denver Broncos: Mike McCoy". denverbroncos.com.
  7. "A Favre-out rematch?". Telegraph-Herald. Associated Press. November 12, 1995. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  8. "Broncos Hire Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy : Youth Movement Continues". Retrieved February 25, 2009.
  9. "NFL Playoff Capsule: Broncos at Patriots". CNN. January 12, 2012.
  10. Rosenthal, Gregg (December 31, 2012). "Lovie Smith fired as Chicago Bears coach". National Football League. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  11. "Broncos' Mike McCoy to talk with four teams". BroncoTalk. January 2, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  12. "Chargers hire Mike McCoy". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 15, 2013. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
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