ProStar Coaching - Thomas McGaughey
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Initially hired as Carolina's assistant special teams coach in February of 2016, 'T-Mac' was named special teams coordinator six months later when Bruce DeHaven transitioned to the role of senior advisor to special teams. With 10 years of NFL experience, McGaughey has been a special teams coordinator or special teams assistant in the NFL or at a major college program since 2002.

McGaughey joined Carolina from the San Francisco 49ers, where he was the special teams coordinator in 2015. The 49ers ranked second in the league with four blocked field goals and eighth in punt coverage, allowing an average of just 6.4 yards per return. Kicker Phil Dawson's 88.9 field goal percentage stood eighth in the NFL.

As the New York Jets special teams coordinator in 2014, McGaughey’s kickoff units excelled. The Jets’ kickoff return team finished fifth in the NFL with an average drive start of the 24.1-yard line, while the kickoff coverage group led all teams in tackles inside the 20-yard line and rated seventh by limiting opponents to an average of 21.8 yards per return. Kicker Nick Folk placed third in the league with 32 made field goals.

From 2011-13, McGaughey served as the special teams coordinator at Louisiana State, winning the Southeastern Conference Championship in 2011. During his three seasons, the Tigers scored seven touchdowns on special teams, and he coached three All-Americans. Odell Beckham, Jr. and Tyrann Mathieu earned honors as returners, and Brad Wing garnered recognition as a punter.

Prior to Louisiana State, McGaughey was the assistant special teams coordinator with the New York Giants from 2007-10. In 2008, he helped produce the Pro Bowl battery of kicker John Carney, punter Jeff Feagles and long snapper Zak DeOssie as the Giants won the NFC East . That same year, Carney set a team record by converting 92.1 percent (35-of-38) of his field goal attempts. The Giants capped McGaughey’s first season in 2007 with a victory in Super Bowl XLII.

He came to the Giants following two seasons as the assistant special teams coordinator with the Denver Broncos from 2005-06. In 2006, the Broncos held opponents to an average of 6.9 yards per punt return, the fifth-best figure in the NFL, and kicker Jason Elam set a then-franchise record with a 93.1 (27-of-29) field goal percentage, which ranked second in the league. The previous year, McGaughey assisted with special teams units that contributed to the Broncos going 13-3, winning the AFC West and advancing to the AFC Championship.

In 2003, McGaughey returned to his alma mater, the University of Houston, for two seasons. While with the Cougars, he worked as the special teams coordinator in 2003 and added cornerbacks coach to his responsibilities in 2004. McGaughey tutored three future NFL players - Stanford Routt, Thomas Gafford and Willie Gaston - and recruited future All-Pro Sebastian Vollmer to the school.

After getting his start in the NFL as an intern in the Houston Texans’ pro scouting department in 2001, McGaughey gained experience coaching on the professional level as a minority intern with the Kansas City Chiefs during training camp in 2001 before being hired as an assistant special teams coach in 2002.

McGaughey began his coaching career at Houston as a graduate assistant in 1997 and next handled defensive backs and special teams at Willowridge High School in Houston from 1998-2001.

McGaughey attended the University of Houston, where he majored in kinesiology and sports administration and received his bachelor's degree in 1996.

Born May 8, 1973 in Chicago, McGaughey and his wife, Erika, have three children (Thomas III, Taylor, Trenton).

Year Team Title Head Coach
2016-Present Carolina Panthers Special Teams Coordinator Ron Rivera
2015 San Francisco 49ers Special Teams Coordinator Jim Tomsula
2014 New York Jets Special Teams Coordinator Rex Ryan
2011-2013 Louisiana State Special Teams Coordinator Les Miles
2007-2010 New York Giants Special Teams Assistant Tom Coughlin
2005-2006 Denver Broncos Special Teams Assistant Mike Shanahan
2003-2004 Houston Special Teams Coordinator
Cornerbacks Coach
Art Briles
2002 Kansas City Chiefs Special Teams Assistant Dick Vermeil
2002 (Spring) Scottish Claymores (NFLE) Special Teams Coach Gene Dahlquist


McGaughey played safety for four seasons and was special teams captain as a senior in 1995 at Houston. He attended training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1996 and spent time on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad later that year. McGaughey then played in NFL Europe and was a member of the Barcelona Dragons team that won the World Bowl in 1997.