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Ron Caragher

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Sport(s)  Football
Position(s)  Quarterback
Titles  Head coach
1986–1989  UCLA
Spouse  Wendy Caragher

Record  14–22
Role  American Football coach
Team  San Jose State
Name  Ron Caragher
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Born  January 24, 1967 (age 48) Redwood City, California (1967-01-24)
1994–1995 1996–2002 2003–2004 2005–2006 2007–2012 2013–present  UCLA (GA) UCLA (WR/P/K) Kentucky (RB) Kentucky (RB/RC) San Diego San Jose State
Alma mater  University of California, Los Angeles
Children  Josh Caragher, Ryan Caragher, Scott Caragher
Similar People  David Fales, Al Borges, Mike MacIntyre

Conference  Mountain West Conference

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Ronald Allen Caragher (born January 24, 1967) is an American college football coach. He has been the head coach at the University of San Diego and San Jose State. Originally from Morgan Hill, California, Caragher played college football at UCLA and later became an assistant coach for UCLA football, first as a graduate assistant from 1994 to 1995, then as wide receivers coach from 1996 to 2002. From 2003 to 2006, Caragher served as running backs coach for Kentucky and was part of the 2006 Music City Bowl championship coaching staff.


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Caragher first became a head coach at the University of San Diego in 2007 and remained in that position until 2012. During his tenure there, San Diego won three Pioneer Football League championships. After SJSU head coach Mike MacIntyre departed for the University of Colorado following the 2012 regular season, San Jose State hired Caragher to be head coach beginning with the 2013 season.

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Early life

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Born in Redwood City, California and raised in Morgan Hill, Caragher graduated from Bellarmine College Prep of San Jose in 1985 and lettered in three sports there.

College playing career

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Caragher received an athletic scholarship to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1985. At UCLA, Caragher redshirted his freshman year, then was backup quarterback from 1986 to 1989, including two seasons behind Troy Aikman. Caragher was part of the UCLA teams that won the 1986 Freedom Bowl, 1987 Aloha Bowl, and 1989 Cotton Bowl Classic.

In UCLA's 52-17 win on November 7, 1987 over Oregon State, Caragher was one of three backup quarterbacks who substituted for Aikman during garbage time. As a junior in 1988, Caragher completed 4 of 7 passes for 19 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. With UCLA leading Arizona 24-0 late in the fourth quarter on October 22, Caragher came in to replace Aikman but threw an interception that led to an Arizona field goal; UCLA would ultimately win 24-3. In the 1989 Cotton Bowl, senior Caragher took over on one handoff play after Aikman lost a contact lens. In 1990, Caragher graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. In 1995, Caragher earned his master's degree in educational administration from UCLA.

Assistant coach (1994–2006)

Caragher became a pension administrator after finishing his bachelor's degree. While studying for his master's degree in 1994, Caragher became a graduate assistant with UCLA football. In 1996, Caragher became coach for wide receivers, punters, and kickers, a position he would hold until 2002. Caragher coached UCLA through five bowl games. UCLA had a record 20-game winning streak from 1997 to 1998. With Pac-10 titles in 1997 and 1998, UCLA also won the 1998 Cotton Bowl Classic (following the 1997 season) and 2002 Las Vegas Bowl.

From 2003 to 2006, Caragher was running backs coach at Kentucky and was recruiting coordinator from 2005 to 2006. Kentucky's 8-5 2006 season was the school's best record since 1984, and Kentucky's 2006 Music City Bowl victory marked its first bowl game since 1999 and first bowl win since 1984.

San Diego (2007–2012)

Succeeding Jim Harbaugh, Caragher became head coach at Football Championship Subdivision school University of San Diego in 2007. Under Caragher, San Diego won three Pioneer Football League (PFL) titles: in 2007, 2011, and 2012. The Pioneer Football League named Caragher Coach of the Year following a 9-2 season in 2011, the team's third season with such a record under Caragher. Josh Johnson, a quarterback selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, played at San Diego under Caragher.

San Jose State (2013–2016)

Signing a five-year contract, Caragher accepted the head coach position at San Jose State on December 17, 2012, a week after previous head coach Mike MacIntyre resigned to become head coach at Colorado. Caragher coached his first game in the 2013 season after Kent Baer served as interim head coach for the 2012 Military Bowl on December 27, 2012. During the 2013 spring practice period, Caragher changed the defensive line alignment from a 4–3 to a 3–4 defense and put quarterback David Fales under center rather than the pistol offense.

Following an 11-2 season in 2012, San Jose State went 6-6 (5–3 in Mountain West play) in Caragher's first season as head coach and the program's first year in the MW and ended the season with a 62-52 upset win over AP #16 Fresno State. San Jose State fell to 3-9 in 2014. The season included a quarterback controversy that extended into the season, when Caragher changed the starting quarterback from Blake Jurich to Joe Gray after the third game.

In 2015, San Jose State improved to 6–7, including a win in the Cure Bowl. Despite a 5–7 regular season record, San Jose State was bowl-eligible due to a lack of 6–6 or better teams for all available bowl game spots. However, the team dropped to 4–8 in 2016, and Caragher was fired on November 27, the day after San Jose State beat rival Fresno State in the season finale.


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