Jan. 9, 2007
San Diego, CA - The University of San Diego introduced Ron Caragher as its new head football coach today. Caragher becomes the Toreros' 12th head football coach at USD and replaces Jim Harbaugh who recently was hired at Stanford.
"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 Donohue, Bob Toledo and Rich Brooks. He has been a winner his whole life and we expect that will continue at USD."
Caragher, (pronounced "CARE-ah-ger"), has spent the past four seasons (2003-2006) at the University of Kentucky as an assistant coach under Rich Brooks. He has been the running backs coach all four years, and since 2005 has served as Kentucky's Head Recruiting Coordinator. This past season 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.
"It is a privilege and honor to be standing here as the new head football coach at the University of San Diego," said Ron Caragher. "First and foremost, I would like to thank some people, starting with the President of this university, Dr. Mary E. Lyons; our Director of Athletics, Ky Snyder; and members of the selection committee. I want to thank them for this opportunity to work with these young men and coach and guide them. I am just truly thankful for that. Our family is very excited about returning to our native state of California. We are very excited to be a part of the San Diego community, and in particular the family here at USD. Everyone here has been terrific and I am impressed by the support that this university extends to its student athletes. Not just in the academics, but on the playing field as well. I am also looking forward to building upon the success that coach Jim Harbaugh set. His devoted assistants and aspiring student athletes who have reached such a high level here. I am looking at taking that foundation and building upon that and continuing that upward movement towards the highest level that we possibly can. One of my first objectives as a head coach is to meet with the student athletes because they are the core of the program. To get to know these young men, and to get to know their goals, their dreams and what their desires are. As a coach, it is my job to see what I can do about helping them attain those goals."
The 39-year-old 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. His first two seasons were as a Graduate Assistant; the last seven years with the Bruins he coached wide receivers and kickers/punters. 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 Prep (1982-84) where he earned three varsity letters as a quarterback in football. 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 B.A. in Psychology, Ron worked in private business (1990-93).
Caragher and his wife, Wendy, have three sons, Josh, Ryan, and Scott.
University of San Diego: Named Ron Caragher head football coach.
Three sons, Josh, Ryan, Scott
ME - Administrative Studies, `95, UCLA
BA - Psychology, `90, UCLA
HS - Bellarmine College Prep, `85
Recruiting Coordinator/Asst. Coach, Kentucky
Jan. 2003-Jan. 2005:
Assistant Coach, Kentucky
Jan. 1996-Jan. 2003:
Assistant Coach, UCLA
Jan. 1994-Jan. 1996:
Graduate Assistant, UCLA
1985 to 1989, UCLA, quarterback, 4 year letterman (`86-89)
1982-1984, Bellarmine College Prep, QB, 3-year letterman
* 27 players he coached received All-League and All-Academic honors.
* 7 players he coached or recruited reached NFL rosters.
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