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Ron Caragher
Ron  Caragher

Position:
Head Coach (6th Year)


11/29/2017

Toreros (10-2) take on No.2 seed North Dakota State (10-1) on Saturday

San Diego making second consecutive trip to Fargo for 2nd round action

11/21/2017

Toreros play at Northern Arizona on Saturday in 1st Round of FCS Playoffs

San Diego making its third trip in four seasons to FCS Playoffs

11/16/2017

Toreros host Marist College on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Seventeen Seniors To Be Honored In PreGame Ceremony

02/15/2017

Legendary Football Coach Dave Adolph Passes Away At 79

Adolph spent four years with Toreros from 2004-2007

12/17/2012

Caragher Named New San Jose State University Head Football Coach

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

10/18/2012

USD Football vs. Campbell 10/13/12

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

10/13/2011

Photos from USD's 42-0 Win Over Davidson

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

09/15/2011

USD Football Opener vs Western New Mexico

Action shots vs. Western New Mexico

12/14/2010

2010 USD Football Awards Banquet

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

10/22/2010

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).

VIDEO
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Final Series
Toreros end their season against No. 2 Oregon State
Video Thumbnail Celebration of Excellence Recap
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Video Thumbnail USD Athletes Lip Sync
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Video Thumbnail All Sport Highlights 2017-18
17 sports - infinite highlights
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Day in the Life with Jay Schuyler
The real-life baseball experience
Video Thumbnail Golf: WCC's
Inside look at WCC competition
Video Thumbnail Men's Tennis: Sweep
San Diego defeat Pepperdine 4-0
Video Thumbnail Softball: The Win
Toreros defeat Saint Mary's in weekend series
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Tuber
Coach Scholl introduces "Tuber" - the on campus Torero Uber
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Barista Scholl
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Video Thumbnail Football: Pro Day
Toreros submit their resumes to the NFL scouts
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Portland State Win
Toreros move on to next round in CIT
Video Thumbnail Football 2018: Spring Game
Toreros play spring football game for family and friends
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Toreros vs. Aztecs
USD take on cross-town rival SDSU
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Post Season Run
USD vs. Hartford highlights
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Championship Game
Toreros end the 2018 season against Gonzaga in the WCC finals.
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Semifinals
Women's win send them to the championship game
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: WCC Quarterfinals
Toreros close out 2018 season against BYU
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: "Off Day"
Toreros prepare for the WCC quarterfinals against BYU
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Quarterfinal Highlights
USD defeats BYU in quarterfinal of WCC Tournament
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Day in the Life with Myah Pace
Freshman guard knows how to prep for a win
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Vegas Bound
Toreros travel to Vegas for the WCC Tournament
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Defeating No. 4 Arkansas
Toreros edge out top five team
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Rock the House
Toreros played No. 6 Gonzaga in a fight to the last minute
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Day in the Life
Guard Olin Carter III knows the games starts long before tip-off
Video Thumbnail Winter Saturday
Rowing, tennis, basketball and baseball, a winning day in the books
Video Thumbnail Baseball: For the Love of the Game
Baseball celebrates 60 years
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Women in Sports Day
Julie Foudy spoke to student-athletes and guests for National Women in Sports Day
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: At LMU
Men's basketball on the road
Video Thumbnail Women's Rowing: Day in the Life
Senior Lizzie Bader shows how three-a-day practices are done
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Youth Basketball Clinic
Toreros lead clinic in local community
Video Thumbnail Men's Rowing: Winter Camp 2018
There are plenty perks to being the early bird
Video Thumbnail 60 Years of USD Baseball
Milestones on the road to Omaha
Video Thumbnail USD Honors Local Military Members
Toreros showed their support and hosted local military members at the men's basketball game
Video Thumbnail USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
Toreros show their talent out of uniform
Video Thumbnail Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Video Thumbnail Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
Video Thumbnail Torero Tuesday
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
Video Thumbnail On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Video Thumbnail Halloween Hoopla
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Video Thumbnail Seamus Night
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Video Thumbnail Homecoming
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
Video Thumbnail USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Video Thumbnail Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Video Thumbnail Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Video Thumbnail Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
Video Thumbnail USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Video Thumbnail Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
Video Thumbnail 2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
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