2001 Alamo Bowl
Greg McMackin, whose coaching experience has included collegiate stops at Arizona, San Jose State, Stanford, Miami (Fla.) and Hawaii and professional stints with Denver of the USFL and the Seattle Seahawks, is in his third season as Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Texas Tech. He joined the Tech staff in January 2000.
Already named one of the nation’s top coaches by American Football Magazine, McMackin also was named the Big 12 Conference’s top recruiter by Rivals.com. McMackin’s presence showed dividends in his first season at Texas Tech.
McMackin’s defense made an immediate impact in 2000 as the Red Raiders led the nation with three shutouts. Tech also held two other opponents without an offensive touchdown. The Red Raiders finished the 2000 campaign ranked sixth in the nation in pass defense and 10th in pass efficiency defense. The Red Raiders also finished first in the Big 12 in pass defense and fourth in total defense, while finishing in the top 25 nationally in total defense. Tech also finished first in the Big 12 in fumble recoveries. In 2001, the Red Raiders once again held opponents scoreless, shutting out one and holding another without an offensive score. In two seasons, the Red Raiders have posted four shutouts and held three opponents without an offensive score.
Prior to his arrival on the South Plains, McMackin helped orchestrate one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in NCAA history. During his only season on the Islands, McMackin helped lead the Rainbow Warriors to an 9-4 mark one year after the program suffered through an 0-12 season. His defense accounted for five touchdowns, 17 interceptions, 33 sacks and 17 fumble recoveries.
McMackin was the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, where he coached seven All-Pro selections, for four seasons before leaving for Hawaii. He helped lead the Seahawks to an NFL record 14 defensive touchdowns in the 1998 season. The team also ranked among the league’s best in turnovers, sacks, passes defended, scoring defense, total defense per play and red zone defense. Seattle also established a franchise record seven interceptions in one game during the 1998 season.
During his first three seasons in Seattle, he helped improve the team’s NFL defensive rank from 30th to eighth and the pass defense from 30th to sixth. The team also established three franchise records – in addition to the seven single-game interceptions, his defenses also allowed the least yards in one game and recorded the most sacks in a game.
McMackin spent the 1993 and 1994 seasons at the University of Miami (Fla.) under head coach Dennis Erickson. The team won two Big East Championships and ranked first in the nation in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense. The Hurricanes allowed only seven touchdowns in one season and led the Big East in all defensive categories. He also coached a Lombardi Award winner, a National Defensive Player of the Year and six First-Team Consensus All-Americans. In 1994, Miami played Nebraska in the Orange Bowl for the national championship.
The University of Utah and the United States Naval Academy occupied McMackin during the 1990-92 seasons. He improved the Ute defense from 106th nationally to first in the Western Athletic Conference in 1990, while his defense led the WAC in five categories.
As head coach and assistant athletic director at Oregon Tech from 1986-89, McMackin turned his attention to the offensive side of the ball. The team enjoyed prosperity with four winning seasons under McMackin. His teams established 48 school records and 18 national records. Oregon Tech advanced to the national championship playoffs and semifinals and was ranked third nationally. McMackin earned coach of the year honors twice and coached the first two Oregon Tech football players to be drafted by the NFL.
His first taste of professional football came during the 1985 season when he served as assistant football coach for the Denver Gold of the USFL. Denver ranked first in the Western Conference in defense. His defense led the USFL in interceptions as the team finished 12-4.
McMackin served as linebackers coach for one season at Stanford under head coach Jack Elway, where the rushing defense ranked among the nation’s best in 1984. The team improved from 1-10 to 5-6 in his first season.
In 1979, he was named assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and secondary coach at San Jose State University. In five seasons at SJSU, McMackin helped lead the team to three-consecutive wins over Stanford, as well as wins over Baylor, California, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State. San Jose State also captured two conference titles during his time with the team. He also coached three NFL Draft picks and coached eight players who played professionally.
McMackin coached at the University of Idaho for three seasons as defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, secondary and linebacker coach. While at UI, his team ranked second in the nation in quarterback sacks and improved its pass defense from last to first in the Big Sky.
He began his career as an offensive backfield coach at the University of Arizona in 1968 and moved on to Aloha High School in Beaverton, Ore., where he served as an assistant coach and head coach in four seasons. He then went to Western Oregon State College for three seasons as defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and assistant professor in physical education.
McMackin, a graduate of Southern Oregon College, is a published author. He wrote “Coaching the Defensive Backfield” in 1992, which is in its seventh printing, and has had several articles published in national coaching publications. He is a member of the National Football League Coaches Association and the American Football Coaches Association.
McMackin and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, Shannon, and two grandchildren, Kayla and Taylor.