|Position:||Quarterbacks Coach/Pass Game Coordinator|
Ryan McCarthy enters his 13th season with the UAlbany football program in 2014 and will serve as quarterbacks coach and pass game coordinator in the first year of the Gattuso era.
McCarthy has been the Great Danes’ quarterbacks tutor for the last decade and served as the offensive coordinator from 2008-13 on Bob Ford’s staff.
With McCarthy drawing up plays, the Great Danes rewrote the UAlbany record book, including quarterback Will Fiacchi (4,514) who enters 2014 ranked third for career passing yards. In 2013, Fiacchi became UAlbany’s third quarterback in program history to throw for over 4,000 yards, and is the only Great Dane quarterback to ever eclipse the 2,000-yard milestone in multiple seasons. In addition, he broke the single-season completions record, completing 207-of-372 passes.
In 2012, McCarthy directed the top scoring offense in the Northeast Conference, as the Danes averaged 34.1 points per game and shared the NEC title -- one of six championships in his tenure. In addition, wide receiver Ryan Kirchner finished his career as UAlbany's all-time leading receiver with 172 career catches, while tailback Drew Smith closed his career as the program's all-time leading point scorer (270), touchdown scorer (45), and tied for most rushing touchdowns scored (40). Smith signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills following the season.
Also during his time as offensive coordinator, McCarthy coached David McCarty, the program’s all-time leading rusher (4,287 yards), quarterback Vinny Esposito, who finished his career as the program's No. 2 passer with 5,692 yards, and the program’s No. 2 all-time receiver, Tim Bush (147).
In 2011, the Great Danes finished first in the Northeast Conference for total and scoring offense. In addition, four offensive UAlbany players earned all-conference honors, including quarterback Dan Di Lella who broke the program’s season record with 2,859 total offensive yards and 2,804 passing yards gained en route to the NEC championship title.
In 2008, the Great Danes won the Northeast Conference and Gridiron Classic, as Esposito put together the second-best season marks in passing yards and total offense in the program's history at the time. UAlbany's offense led the conference in total yards (363.2 ypg) and McCarty finished second in the nation in rushing among Division I FCS leaders with 1,852 yards.
McCarthy also worked with the program's wide receivers for two seasons from 2003-04 and the offensive line in the 2002 campaign.
McCarthy, 36, was the quarterback’s coach at Siena College prior to arriving on the UAlbany campus. He recruited a four-state region, including New York and Massachusetts.
An honorable mention All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) quarterback at SUNY-Cortland, McCarthy passed for 2,266 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior and established a school record with 223 completions. He received the ECAC Division III offensive player of the week award.
McCarthy, who hails from Wilder, Vt., earned a B.S. in physical education from Cortland. He received a master's from UAlbany in the spring of 2004. McCarthy was an all-state high school athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He has volunteered at the Lauren's First and Goal Camp, a one-day clinic that raises funds for pediatric brain tumor research.
McCarthy married Jennifer Svatik, UAlbany’s Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services and Academic Performance, in June 2013. Their son, Jake, was born in May 2014.