Garrick McGee

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Garrick McGee
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive coordinator
Team Illinois
Conference Big Ten
Biographical details
Born (1973-04-06) April 6, 1973 (age 43)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Playing career
1991–1992 Arizona State
1993 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
1994–1995 Oklahoma
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1998 Langston (assistant)
1999 Northern Iowa (WR)
2000–2001 Jacksonville Jaguars (QC)
2002 Toledo (WR)
2003 UNLV (WR)
2004–2005 Northwestern (WR)
2006–2007 Northwestern (OC/QB)
2008–2009 Arkansas (QB)
2010–2011 Arkansas (OC/QB)
2012–2013 UAB
2014–2015 Louisville (AHC/OC/QB)
2016–present Illinois (OC/QB)
Head coaching record
Overall 5–19

Garrick Ladell McGee[1] (born April 6, 1973) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois, a position he accepted March 9, 2016.[2] McGee has previously been the head coach at UAB, offensive coordinator at Northwestern University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Louisville. He played college football as a quarterback at Arizona State University, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and the University of Oklahoma.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School. He went on to play as a quarterback at Arizona State University, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and the University of Oklahoma.[3]

Coaching career[edit]


McGee was named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Razorbacks prior to the 2010 season and helped lead them to a 10–3 record and an appearance in the 2011 Sugar Bowl. Arkansas' offense finished 8th in the nation, averaging 489 yards per game. The Razorbacks were also fourth in passing offense and 14th in scoring offense (37.3 ppg).

On January 13, 2011, media outlets reported that McGee was offered the job to take over the University of Tulsa's Golden Hurricane football team from the departing Todd Graham, who left the head coaching position to take over the program at the University of Pittsburgh.[3] McGee withdrew his name from the search the following day.[4]


On December 3, 2011, numerous media outlets reported McGee would become the next coach of the UAB Blazers and fourth head coach in school history, replacing Neil Callaway. On December 4, 2011, UAB officials officially announced they hired McGee to serve as the fourth head coach in the history of the program.[5] McGee was officially introduced as the new head coach at a press conference on December 5, 2011. McGee's two-year tenure at UAB was not successful, as the Blazers compiled a 5-19 record over that span, culminating with a 62-27 defeat by the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, which had lost 23 games in a row prior.


On January 9, 2014, McGee accepted the position of offensive coordinator at Louisville.


March 9, 2016, McGee left Louisville, accepting the University of Illinois' offer for the same position.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
UAB Blazers (Conference USA) (2012–2013)
2012 UAB 3–9 2–6 5th (East)
2013 UAB 2–10 1–7 T–5th (East)
UAB: 5–19 3–13
Total: 5–19

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistants under Garrick McGee who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:


  1. ^ "Highest-paid state employees.". Arkansas Business. September 20, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Champlin, Drew (January 9, 2014). "Garrick McGee dumps UAB head coaching job for assistant post at Louisville". Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Sources: McGee The Man If He Wants The Job." January 13, 2011. Story.
  4. ^ "Statement from UA Football." University of Arkansas. January 14, 2011. Statement. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "UAB hires Garrick McGee as coach". Associated Press. December 5, 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ McGuire, Kevin. "Garrick McGee leaving Louisville for Illinois for same role". CollegeFootballTalk. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 

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