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Sport(s)  Football
1987–1994  Snow College (OC/QB)
Conference  Conference USA
1985–1986  BYU (GA)
Education  Utah State University
Position(s)  Quarterback
Role  Coach
1981–1983  Utah State
Name  Mike Canales

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Title  Interim head coach/ Offensive coordinator/ Quarterbacks coach
Born  June 21, 1961 (age 54) Coronado, California (1961-06-21)
Team  North Texas Mean Green football
Team coached  North Texas Mean Green football (Head coach, since 2015)

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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. After a brief stint with Utah State in 2016, he was named the Quarterbacks Coach at the University of Tennessee in January 2017, reuniting with Offensive Coordinator Larry Scott, with whom he worked while at the University of South Florida.


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Coaching career

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. North Texas 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 the interim head coach of the Mean Green.

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

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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.

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On January 19, 2017, Canales was hired as the quarterbacks coach at the University of Tennessee.

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