The New York Jets dipped into the college ranks for their latest coaching hire. The team recently named Thomas McGaughey as its new special teams coordinator. McGaughey comes to the Jets from LSU, where he held the same title for the Tigers for the past three years. He helped lead LSU to the BCS national title game in 2011.
Prior to his time with the Tigers, McGaughey spent four seasons as the assistant special teams coordinator for the New York Giants, including their Super Bowl win after the 2007 season.
Before that, he was with the Denver Broncos in 2005-06 and the University of Houston in 2003-04. He also spent a season overseas with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 2002. In 2001, he was a minority intern with the Chiefs and a pro scouting assistant with the Houston Texans.
McGaughey entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent and was on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad during the 1996 season.
The Jets hired McGaughey after the position was vacated when Ben Kotwica was hired away by the Washington Redskins last month.