Dan McCarney
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamNorth Texas
ConferenceConference USA
Biographical details
Born (1953-07-28) July 28, 1953 (age 67)
Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Playing career
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Iowa (assistant)
Wisconsin (DC/DL)
Iowa State
South Florida (DL)
Florida (DL)
North Texas
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

Patrick Daniel "Dan" McCarney (born July 28, 1953) is an American college football coach and currently the head coach at the University of North Texas. McCarney played at the University of Iowa from 1972 to 1974 and was named team captain in 1974. He was an assistant coach at Iowa from 1977 to 1989 under coach Hayden Fry and the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison under Barry Alvarez from 1990 to 1994.

He served as head coach at Iowa State University from 1995 to 2006. During that span, McCarney led the Cyclones to five bowl games, more than any other Iowa State coach in history. His 56 wins and 85 losses are both school records. At the time of his resignation in November 2006, he was the longest tenured head football coach in the Big 12 Conference.[1][2]

In February 2007, McCarney accepted a position as the defensive line coach and assistant head coach at the University of South Florida.[3] The next year, he accepted the same position at the University of Florida. He coached the defensive line at Florida for two years. During his tenure, the Gators produced NFL draft picks Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham. In November 2010, McCarney was offered and accepted the position of head coach at the University of North Texas.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Iowa State Cyclones (Big Eight Conference) (1995)
1995 Iowa State 3–8 1–6 T–7th
Iowa State Cyclones (Big 12 Conference) (1996–2006)
1996 Iowa State 2–9 1–7 6th (North)
1997 Iowa State 1–10 1–7 6th (North)
1998 Iowa State 3–8 1–7 T–5th (North)
1999 Iowa State 4–7 1–7 T–5th (North)
2000 Iowa State 9–3 5–3 3rd (North) W 23 25
2001 Iowa State 7–5 4–4 3rd (North) L Independence
2002 Iowa State 7–7 4–4 3rd (North) L Humanitarian
2003 Iowa State 2–10 0–8 6th (North)
2004 Iowa State 7–5 4–4 T–1st (North) W Independence
2005 Iowa State 7–5 4–4 T–2nd (North) L Houston
2006 Iowa State 4–8 1–7 6th (North)
Iowa State: 56–85 27–68
North Texas Mean Green (Sun Belt Conference) (2011–2012)
2011 North Texas 5–7 4–4 5th
2012 North Texas 4–8 3–5 T–6th
North Texas Mean Green (Conference USA) (2013–present)
2013 North Texas 0-0 0-0
North Texas: 9–15 7–9
Total: 65–100
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. "". McCarney's resignation effective at season's end. Retrieved 8 November 2006.
  2. "". Hayden Fry: McCarney will do a great job at North Texas. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  3. "". Former Iowa State Coach joins South Florida staff. Retrieved 6 February 2007.
  4. Florida assistant Dan McCarney accepts North Texas head job, Palm Beach Post, November 28, 2010.

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