Mike Canales

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Mike Canales
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Associate head coach, running backs coach, tight ends coach
Team Utah State
Conference Mountain West
Biographical details
Born (1961-06-21) June 21, 1961 (age 55)
Coronado, California
Playing career
1981–1983 Utah State
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1986 BYU (GA)
1987–1994 Snow College (OC/QB)
1995 Pacific (QB)
1996–2000 South Florida (OC/QB)
2001–2002 North Carolina State (PGC/QB)
2003 New York Jets (WR)
2004–2005 Arizona (OC/QB)
2006 Arizona (co-OC/QB)
2007–2008 South Florida (PGC/WR)
2009 South Floridaa (OC/QB)
2010 North Texas (OC/QB)
2010 North Texas (interim HC)
2011–2015 North Texas (AHC/OC/QB)
2015 North Texas (interim HC)
2016–present Utah State (AHC/RB/TE)
Head coaching record
Overall 3–8

Mike Canales (born June 21, 1961) is an American college football coach and former player. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of North Texas, a position he held from 2010 to 2015. He became the interim head coach of the Mean Green twice, after the firing of Todd Dodge in 2010 and the firing of Dan McCarney in 2015.

Coaching career[edit]

During the 2010 season at North Texas, he was promoted from offensive coordinator to interim head coach after the mid-season termination of his predecessor, Todd Dodge. UNT averaged 33.8 points a game after Canales took over as head coach, after averaging 16.9 points in the first seven games of the season. Canales amassed a 2–3 record as interim head coach.

Despite North Texas players' support for Canales, the full-time head coaching position was awarded to former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney.[1] McCarney retained Canales as offensive coordinator. Canales attended Utah State University, where he was a three-year starting quarterback on the football team.[2]

Canales took over again on an interim basis after McCarney was fired five games into the 2015 season, a stretch in which North Texas went 0-5. Following a 1-6 record in his second interim tenure, and athletic director Rick Villarreal announced Canales wouldn't return in any facet for the 2016 season.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
North Texas Mean Green (Sun Belt Conference) (2010)
2010 North Texas 2–3 2–2 T–6th
North Texas Mean Green (Conference USA) (2015)
2015 North Texas 1–5 1–5 6th (West)
North Texas: 3–8
Total: 3–8


  1. ^ Dan McCarney to be named UNT head football coach, Pegasus News, November 29, 2010.
  2. ^ Mike Canales Bio, University of South Florida, April 11, 2007.

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