Jan. 22, 2006
D.J. McCarthy has been hired to coach wide receivers at UCLA, Bruin head coach football Karl Dorrell announced today. McCarthy comes to UCLA from the University of Central Florida, where he spent the last two seasons coaching wide receivers.
Dorrell also announced that Dino Babers has been promoted to running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Babers coached running backs at Pittsburgh in 2003 and during part of his six-year stint at the University of Arizona and also played the position at Hawaii.
"I think D.J. is a great fit for our staff," said Dorrell. "He has a great track record of developing productive receivers and he is an outstanding, energetic recruiter. He is very familiar with Florida and the surrounding states and I think that will be a big plus for our recruiting efforts.
"At the same time, I am confident that we will continue to have an outstanding running game with Dino coaching our backs. He has great versatility in his background and I know this will be a smooth transition. Dino is also a great recruiter and will do a fine job of following the philosophy we have established in recruiting."
"Words cannot express how excited I am to join the UCLA football program with head coach Karl Dorrell and his staff," said McCarthy. "I am looking forward to the opportunity to help continue the development of their talented group of current receivers as well as the incoming freshmen. I feel fortunate to be back in the Pac-10 as a coach and excited to be a part of the great winning tradition at UCLA."
During the 2005 season, McCarthy tutored two outstanding wide receivers at UCF, both of whom All-Conference USA acclaim. Brandon Marshall made 74 receptions for 1,195 yards and 11 touchdowns while Mike Walker made 64 catches for 856 yards and eight scores. Marshall had seven games of at least 100 yards and finished the year ranked No. 22 nationally in receiving yards per game (91.9).
In his first season with the Golden Knights, McCarthy tutored a group of wide outs that included Tavaris Capers, who finished ranked in the top 10 in UCF history in career touchdown receptions. McCarthy also assisted in the development of Luther Huggins, who led the team with 42 receptions for 585 yards for the first time in his career. Capers inked a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers while Huggins signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins following his career in Orlando.
Before arriving at UCF, McCarthy was the receivers coach at Nevada for four seasons (2000-2003) and was instrumental in the development of record-setting receiver Nate Burelson, who led the nation in receptions in 2002 with 138 catches. Burelson set numerous Nevada and Western Athletic Conference records, including receptions in a game with 19 and receiving yardage in a game with 326.
Three of McCarthy's wide receivers at Nevada joined the NFL ranks following their careers with the Wolf Pack. Burelson was a third round pick of the Minnesota Vikings and in three years with that team, he has made 127 receptions for 1,789 yards and 12 touchdowns. Maurice Mann was a fifth round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals and Willie Johnson signed free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins.
McCarthy graduated from the University of Washington in 1994, where he played receiver for the Huskies for three seasons. He was a member of the 1991 National Championship team at UW and was part of two Rose Bowl teams. McCarthy ranked second on the team in touchdown receptions his senior season. He attended Long Beach City College for two years prior to transferring to Washington.
Following Washington, McCarthy played parts of four seasons in the Arena Football League.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Boca Raton High School, where he spent two years (1994-95). He then coached at Ft. Lauderdale High School before moving into the college ranks at West Hills Community College in Coalinga, CA.
McCarthy spent two years as a coaches' assistant in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders (1998-99), prior to moving to Nevada. He also served as an intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the summer of 1998.
McCarthy, 34 and his wife Trisha have two sons, Guy and Nathan.