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Garrick McGee was named the head football coach at UAB on Dec. 4, 2011 after serving on the staff at the University of Arkansas for four years, including his final two seasons in Fayetteville as the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator.
McGee, who is entering his second season at the helm of the Blazers' program in 2013, was a finalist for the 2011 Broyles Award that is presented to the nation's top assistant coach. He became the fourth head coach in UAB history.
McGee, a former Oklahoma quarterback, was a leading force behind Arkansas becoming one of the country's most prolific offenses in recent years. In his first season as the offensive coordinator in 2010, the Razorbacks earned the school's first BCS appearance in program history as the season culminated at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
In 2011, Arkansas paced the Southeastern Conference in total offense and ranked No. 29 in the NCAA at 438.1 yards per game. The Razorbacks also ranked first in the SEC and 13th nationally in passing offense (300.7 ypg) and were first in the league and 15th in the country in scoring offense (36.7 ppg).
The Arkansas offense escalated to an unprecedented level after McGee became the offensive coordinator in 2010. The unit set 11 UA single-season records in his first season, among those total yards (6,273), passing yards (4,338) and passing touchdowns (36).
Arkansas had three offensive players selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. Quarterback Ryan Mallet was chosen by the New England Patriots, tight end D.J. Williams was taken by the Green Bay Packers and offensive tackle DeMarcus Love was picked by the Minnesota Vikings.
McGee was instrumental in the development of Mallett, who broke 45 Arkansas records in his two seasons and became just the third SEC quarterback to top 3,500 passing yards in back-to-back seasons and the fourth in conference history to eclipse 3,000 passing yards and 30 passing touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
In 2010, Arkansas added a new element with a dynamic rushing attack to coincide with its potent passing game. For the first time in school history, the Razorbacks featured a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher. Running back Knile Davis finished the season with 1,322 rushing yards, the fourth-highest single-season rushing total in program history, and was named to the AP's All-SEC first team. Arkansas was the only school in the NCAA with a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and five 600-yard receivers.
Williams was named a finalist for the Sullivan Award, presented annually to the best amateur athlete in the U.S., and was a first-team All-SEC performer. Williams also won the Mackey Award as college football's best tight end and the Disney Spirit Award, given to college football's most inspirational player, team or figure, in 2010, becoming the first Razorback to collect either award.
Before joining the staff at Arkansas, McGee spent four seasons (2004-07) at Northwestern University, where he was the receivers and punt return coach his first two seasons and the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007. Directing the Wildcats' spread offense, McGee's 2007 unit led the Big Ten and was No. 11 in the nation in passing (307.9 yards per game) and led the Big Ten and was No. 31 in the country in total offense (427.7 yards per game).
In 2005, his Northwestern receiving corps had three wideouts ranked in the top 10 on the Big Ten season receptions list for the first time in school history. The Wildcats became just the second team in Big Ten history to average more than 500 yards per game with 500.3 per contest, which ranked fourth nationally. They also led the Big Ten and ranked seventh in the nation with 306.8 yards passing per game. His first season at Northwestern, Wildcat receivers averaged 237.3 yards per game, NU's best since 2001. He coached two All-Big Ten receivers in Mark Philmore and Shaun Herbert.
McGee was the receivers and kickoff return coach for head coach John Robinson at UNLV in 2003.
In 2002, he was the receivers coach at Toledo, helping the Rockets earn a spot in the Motor City Bowl with a Mid-American Conference West Division title. Toledo was fifth in the nation in total offense with 472 yards per game, setting school records for total offense (6,752 yards) and passing yards (3,611).
A native of Tulsa, Okla., McGee began his coaching career at Langston (Okla.) University where from 1996-98 he coached defensive backs before moving to quarterbacks, receivers and special teams.
He was the receivers and kickoff return coach at Northern Iowa in 1999, helping UNI set school records for total offense (5,253 yards) and passing yards (3,722). In 2001 and 2002, he was an offensive assistant and quality control coach with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. He worked as an assistant to then-quarterbacks coach Bobby Petrino, helping quarterbacks and receivers with fundamentals and assisting in all phases of special teams.
Prior to the 2005 season, McGee was one of 10 coaches selected to participate in the NCAA Expert Coaching Academy. The program is designed to teach and reinforce various aspects of securing, managing and excelling in NCAA head coach positions at the I-A level. In the summer of 2010, he was one of 15 coaches to attend the NCAA Champions Forum in Anaheim, Calif. The goal of the Champions Forum is to link the coaches with athletics directors. McGee attended Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa and played for his father, the late Larry McGee. He played at Arizona State in 1991 and 1992 under Petrino, went to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in 1993 and transferred to Oklahoma.
He played two years for the Sooners and ended his career fourth on OU's career passing list with 2,449 yards. He was named the Big Eight Newcomer of the Year by the league's coaches in 1994.
McGee earned an associate's degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in 1993 and his bachelor's from OU in 1996.
He and his wife, Tiffany, were married in the summer of 2009. They have two sons, Cameron, 2, and Grant, 1.