Ron Caragher
Ron  Caragher

Head Coach (6th Year)


Caragher Named New San Jose State University Head Football Coach

He directed USD to 44-22 overall record in six seasons


Toreros claim share of PFL Championship with win over Marist

San Diego wins 6th straight with 34-10 win over Marist College


Toreros are Fall Sports Focused

Football aiming to become USD's third league champion this fall


Toreros play at Marist Saturday for share of PFL title

USD looking to close out season with 6th straight win


Toreros keep PFL title hopes alive with win over Davidson

USD downs Wildcats 17-10 behind rushing attack of Joe Ferguson


USD Football vs. Campbell 10/13/12

USD Football vs. Campbell 10/13/12, photos by Brock Scott


Photos from USD's 42-0 Win Over Davidson

Photos from USD's 42-0 Win Over Davidson.


USD Football Opener vs Western New Mexico

Action shots vs. Western New Mexico


2010 USD Football Awards Banquet

Fifteen awards were handed out to members of the USD football team for their performances during the 2010 season.


Football Visits West Point

The USD football team visited West Point on Oct. 15th during their trip to New York to play Marist College.

Head Coach Ron Caragher (pronounced "CARE-ah-ger") enters his sixth season leading the USD Torero football program. He'll enter the 2012 campaign with a five-year mark of 36-19 (.655). The 2011 Team finished with a 9-2 record, tied for the Pioneer Football League Championship, and was ranked in the FCS Coaches Poll Top 25 following the conclusion of the regular season. Caragher was selected as PFL Coach of the Year and was a nominee for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. Defensive End Blake Oliaro ranked 4th in the FCS in sacks (15) and was selected to The Associated Press FCS All-American Second Team and named the Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Year. Sophomore RB/KR Kenny James finished 2nd in the nation in all-purpose yardage ( 210.09 ypg.) and 1st year receiver Brandon White won the PFL Freshman of the Year (offense) Award.

In the 2010 season the Toreros won four of their final five contests to finish with a Pioneer Football League record of 5-3. The team was paced by All-America defensive end Mario Kurn, a nominee for both the Buck Buchanan Award and Ted Hendricks Award. A unanimous All-PFL First Team pick, Kurn led all FCS players in sacks with 17. The Torero defense, that also saw CB Al-Rilwan Adeyemi collect 6 interceptions, led the league in scoring defense (16.1 ppg), rushing defense (67.1 ypg), and total defense (265.0).

Three seasons ago (2009) the Toreros continued battling despite dropping five contests by 7 points or less. Senior running back JT Rogan left the program as the all-time leader in rushing (3,559 yards), touchdowns (54) and points scored (326). Redshirt freshman receiver Kyle Warren was named the PFL Offensive Freshman of the Year.

In 2008, Caragher guided the Toreros to their second straight 9-2 record, and the team placed second in the PFL with its 6-2 mark. Senior WR John Matthews was named a First Team All-American and was also a Walter Payton Award candidate. He led all FCS receivers in catches (102), yards (1,478) and touchdowns (21). The season was capped off with a 28-20 home victory over scholarship-program UC Davis.

Caragher's first season in 2007 was outstanding as he guided the Toreros to a 9-2 overall mark and 6-1 Pioneer Football League record, good for a share of first place. Caragher was a nominee for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award. USD finished ranked second in the final Sports Network FCS Mid-Major poll. Seven Toreros were named Sports Network FCS All-Americans, while eleven players were tabbed Mid-Major All-Americans by the same outlet. Senior quarterback Josh Johnson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucaneers in the 5th round, and three other players received looks by NFL clubs. Johnson, who passed for 43 touchdowns with just one interception, was a Walter Payton Award Finalist. Senior defensive end Eric Bakhtiari, who led the nation in sacks, was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award. The Toreros ranked first in the nation among Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams in scoring (44.36 points per game) and passing efficiency (197.35 rating). The 44 points per game average is a USD single season record. Additionally, the Toreros ranked 3rd in the nation in total offense (483.1 yards per game).

The University of San Diego introduced Ron Caragher as its new head football coach on January 9, 2007. Caragher became the Toreros' 12th head football coach at USD and replaced Jim Harbaugh who was hired as Stanford's head coach.

"As I talked to people around the country, I kept hearing the same things about Ron Caragher," said Ky Snyder, Executive Director of Athletics. "He is a student of the game, elite class of coach, very knowledgeable, great recruiter, develops players, motivated, competitor, great family man, high character and integrity. These are the qualities you seek in a head coach and we have found them in Ron Caragher. He has had access to some of the best minds in coaching in Terry Donahue, Bob Toledo and Rich Brooks. He has been a winner his whole life and we expect that will continue at USD."

Prior to being hired at USD, Caragher, spent four seasons (2003-2006) at the University of Kentucky as an assistant coach under Rich Brooks. He was the running backs coach all four years, and starting in 2005 served as Recruiting Coordinator. In 2006 Kentucky finished 8-5 overall, and 4-4 in the Southeast Conference Eastern Division, good for a tie for third place and the program's best league mark since 1993. The 8 wins is also the program's best win total since their 9-3 campaign back in 1984. The Wildcats finished off the 2006 season in fine fashion as they upset Clemson, 28-20, in the Music City Bowl on December 29th. It was Kentucky's first bowl appearance since 1999, and the program's first bowl win in 22 years.

Caragher also has Southern California ties. He spent nine seasons (1994-2002) on UCLA's staff where he worked with both Terry Donahue and Bob Toledo. After two seasons as a Graduate Assistant, Caragher was promoted to assistant coach where he coached Bruin wide receivers. Additionally, he coached punters all seven seasons (1996-2002), and kickers for his final two years (2001-02). During the 1997 and 1998 seasons, UCLA won a school-record 20 straight games and averaged more than 40 points per game while setting numerous school records. He coached in five bowl games during his term there, including the Aloha, Cotton, Rose, Sun, and Las Vegas bowls.

A native of Morgan Hill, California, Caragher was a three-sport letterman at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA where he earned three varsity letters as a QB in football. (Caragher was inducted into the BCP Athletic Hall of Fame in April). He earned an athletic scholarship to UCLA in 1985 and went on to earn four varsity letters (1986-89) and was part of teams that won four consecutive bowl games. After graduating from UCLA in 1990 with a BA in Psychology, Ron went on to earn his Master's Degree in Education (Administrative Studies) in 1995.

Caragher and his wife, Wendy, have three sons, Josh (15), Ryan (13), and Scott (12).

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USD Wins Big Conference Game Against Dayton
Toreros beat Dayton 34-22
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Volleyball Plays USF for First WCC Play
Kristen Gengenbacher & Kaity Edwards talk about excitement for WCC play
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USD Hosts Dayton in PFL Opener
Co-Captain Brian Riley & Coach Lindsey talk about the challenges of the Saturday's game
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Volleyball Highlights from Wins Over UCSB and LBSU
Volleyball up to no. 7 after dominant weekend
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Meet The Toreros: Ana Ramos
Freshman guard from Portugal
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Cross Country Shows Speed on Home Course
The women finished second overall & the men finished fourth overall
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Meet the Toreros: Kaity Edwards
6-2 MH From Playa Del Rey, CA
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Second Home Tournament Preview
Lauren Schad & Jayden Kennedy talk about new ranking and preview upcoming games
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Home Cross Country Race Preview
Head Coach Guarino and seniors Benster & Smith talk about the new team
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Volleyball Highlights from Home Tournament Sweep
Volleyball beats UCI, CU and UCLA at their first home tournament
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Sixth Man Night
Head Coach Smith talks about upcoming annual fundraiser
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Volleyball's First Home Tournament of the Season
Kramer & Jennings recap last game and share excitement for upcoming tournament
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Football Plays Cal Poly After 27-0 Opening Week Win
Giorgi and Lindsey recap game against WNM and preview Cal Poly
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Men's Soccer Home Opener Preview
Price & McFadden preview UCD & Sac State
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WNMU recap
Postgame Highlights & Interviews
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Who's Next?
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Western New Mexico Preview
Jamal Agnew & Anthony Lawrence break down WNMU.
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USD vs. Stanford Volleyball UPSET
Torero women win 3 of 5 sets against #11 Stanford.
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Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Pineiro
Versatile 6'6" forward will redshirt 2016-17 season.
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Men's Soccer Kicks Off Season In NC
Coach McFadden & Michael Turner Preview Matches vs Duke & Elon.
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Softball Golf Tournament Promo
September 17th at Bernardo Heights CC.
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Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Wright
Former Utah Ute will redshirt the 2016-17 season.
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Training Camp Update
Team prepares for Saturday scrimmage.
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Meet the Toreros: Patricia Brossmann
6'0" freshman forward from Berlin, Germany.
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Meet the Toreros: Mark Carbone
6'2" freshman guard from Wethersfield, CT.
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Meet the Toreros: Madison Pollock
6'1" freshman guard from Snohomish, Wash.
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Women's Soccer In the Community
Toreros host soccer skills clinic at Linda Vista Elementary.
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Meet the Toreros: Juwan Gray
6'8" freshman forward from Dover, Delaware.
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Toreros Open Training Camp
The USD women's soccer team began training camp today.
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Meet the Toreros: Nassir Barrino
6'0" freshman guard from Newark, New Jersey.
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Meet the Toreros: José Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
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Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
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2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
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Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
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Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
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NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
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2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
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Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
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Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
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Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
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2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
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The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
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MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
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USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
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USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
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UCLA Preview
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
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Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
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Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
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Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
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Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
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BYU Preview
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.

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City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park

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Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play

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Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences

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Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park

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Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99

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Butler Preview
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler

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CSUN Preview
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN

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USC Preview
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC

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Davidson Preview
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game

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San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic

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Nevada Preview
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend

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USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops

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Campbell Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell

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Stetson Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far

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WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day

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Warner Recap
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win

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Warner Preview

Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner

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Torero Community Service

USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego

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Men's Basketball Camp Update

Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season

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Drake Preview

Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game

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Dayton Preview

Toreros look for 4th straight win

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LMU Preview

Pack the Stadium Night

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ITA All-American's Preview

Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare

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Marist Preview

USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak

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Valparaiso Preview

Toreros First True Road Game of 2015

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CSUN and UCSB Preview

Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak

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Aztec Invite Recap

Both Squads Finish Second

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SDSU Preview

Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival

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WNMU Recap

Highlights from 45-21 win

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2015 Home Opener

Previewing Western New Mexico

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Volleyball Tournament Preview

A preview of the USD Tournament
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Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
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Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
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2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.


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