Greg McMackin Speaker Profile
University of Hawaii Head Football Coach
Greg McMackin Biography
Greg McMackin was born April 24, 1945 and in Springfield, Oregon and is an football coach, formerly a defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, the Miami Hurricanes, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He is the head coach at Hawaiʻi, where he previously served as defensive coordinator for two seasons.
McMackin has coached extensively at both the collegiate and professional levels.
At the professional level, McMackin has coached for two NFL teams: as defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks from 1995-1998, and as linebackers and assistant head coach for the San Francisco 49ers from 2003-2005.
He also coached for the Denver Gold of the defunct USFL.
At the college level, McMackin gained prominence as the defense coordinator for the University of Miami for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. There, Miami won two Big East Championships and ranked first in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense. Further, the Hurricanes allowed just seven touchdowns on defense in one season. While there, he coached Lombardi Award winner Warren Sapp, Ray Lewis and six First-Team Consensus All-Americans. The Hurricanes played in the national championship game (Orange Bowl) in 1994.
McMackin has served as defensive coordinator at six colleges: UH, Texas Tech, Miami, Navy, Utah, and Idaho.
Briefly, during the first half of the 2007 spring semester, McMackin was an instructor at Texas Tech.
McMackin, previously the defensive coordinator for the Hawaiʻi Warriors, was one of several individuals being considered to fill the vacancy left by June Jones as head coach. Jones left the Hawaiʻi Warriors in January to become the head coach of SMU.
On January 15th, 2008, McMackin took over the position of head coach for the Hawaiʻi Warriors. Upon signing his 5-year contract, McMackin will become the highest-paid state employee with a $1.1 million annual salary. The previous record was held by his predecessor June Jones, with a $800,016 annual salary.
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