UND Staff

John McNulty

Tight Ends Coach


Bio

THE McNULTY FILE

  • Hometown: Scranton, PA
  • College: Penn State (1990)
  • Wife: Kim
  • Children: Abigail, Allison, Megan and Kaitlyn

PLAYING CAREER

  • 1988-90 Penn State (Safety)

COACHING CAREER

  • 1991-94 Michigan Graduate Assistant
  • 1995-97 UConn Wide Receivers
  • 1998-99 Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Quality Control
  • 2000-02 Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receivers
  • 2003 Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers
  • 2004-05 Rutgers Wide Receivers
  • 2006 Rutgers Assistant Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • 2007-08 Rutgers Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • 2009-11 Arizona Cardinals Wide Receivers
  • 2012 Arizona Cardinals Quarterbacks
  • 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterbacks
  • 2014-15 Tennessee Titans Quarterbacks
  • 2016-17 San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers Tight Ends
  • 2018 Rutgers Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • 2019 Penn State Analyst

BOWLS PLAYED

  • 1989 Holiday Bowl
  • 1990 Blockbuster Bowl

BOWLS COACHED

  • 1991 Rose Bowl
  • 1992 Rose Bowl
  • 1993 Hall of Fame Bowl
  • 1994 Holiday Bowl
  • 2005 Insight Bowl
  • 2006 Texas Bowl
  • 2007 International Bowl
  • 2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl
  • 2019 Cotton Bowl

POSTSEASON BERTHS

  • 1998 Jaguars – Divisional Round
  • 1999 Jaguars – Conference Championship
  • 2003 Cowboys – Wild Card Round
  • 2009 Cardinals – Divisional Round

PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Walk-on safety at Penn State, was a part of two bowl teams for the Nittany Lions
  • Began coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan
  • Spent 15 seasons in the NFL as an assistant, including stints working for Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • First season at Notre Dame in 2020, coaching the Irish tight ends
  • Spent the 2019 season as an analyst at his alma mater, helping Penn State to a Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis
  • Served two stints at Rutgers (2004-08, 2018), including three seasons as offensive coordinator
  • Led one of the most prolific offenses in Rutgers history in 2007, as the Scarlet Knights became the first team in FBS history with a 3,000-yard passer (Mike Teal), 2,000-yard rusher (Ray Rice) and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers (Kenny Britt and Tiquan Underwood)
  • That season, the Scarlet Knights set school records for scoring, first downs and total offense
  • Britt and Underwood were the first teammates in BIG EAST history with 1,000 receiving yards in the same season
  • Rutgers went to four bowls in five years during his first stint in New Jersey, including three straight bowl victories
  • Was the tight ends coach for the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers for two seasons
  • Coached receivers for the Arizona Cardinals, including All-Pro selection Larry Fitzgerald
  • Mentored QB Mike Glennon to all-rookie honors during the 2013 season in Tampa Bay
  • Spent two seasons as QB coach for the Titans, including Marcus Mariota’s all-rookie campaign which saw the QB tie Peyton Manning’s record for games with at least three TD passes by a rookie (four)
  • Mariot also broke Tennessee franchise rookie records for passing TDs (19), completions (230) and passing yards (2,818)

DYNAMIC DISCIPLES

WR Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals)

  • Pro Bowl selection all three seasons coached

QB Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans)

  • Set Titans franchise records for passing TDs, completions and passing yards by a rookie

WR Kenny Britt (Rutgers)

  • Part of a record-setting offensive attack at Rutgers in 2007
  • Went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL

TE Antonio Gates (San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers)

  • Had 83 receptions for 864 yards and 10 TDs in two seasons at the age of 37 playing for McNulty