Jan. 24, 2003
Mike McHugh, the Detroit Lions' offensive quality control coach since 2001 and former director of football operations at the University of Oregon, has been named director of football operations at the University of California, Golden Bears' Head Coach Jeff Tedford announced today.
McHugh, who brings 19 years of football experience in various capacities on the professional, college and high school levels to Berkeley, will be reunited with Tedford when he begins his new position next week. In 1999 and 2000, both men worked at Oregon, with Tedford serving as offensive coordinator and McHugh filling the role of director of operations.
A native of Boyertown, Pa., the 44-year-old McHugh replaces Paul Shea, who left the position after one season to pursue other business interests.
"We are extremely fortunate that someone of Mike's caliber was available," said Tedford. "He is an outstanding football man who is well acquainted with the needs and demands of a Division 1 football program. It is an added bonus that we have worked together in the past. Without question, Mike will do a great job here."
While at Oregon, McHugh assisted Ducks' Head Coach Mike Bellotti in many off-the-field areas of the program. He coordinated team travel and training camp, and served as the team liaison for Oregon's appearances in the 1999 Sun Bowl and the 2000 Holiday Bowl.
Prior to his two-year stint in Eugene, Ore., McHugh worked for six years (1993-98) at the University of Missouri as the Tigers' director of football operations. He began his collegiate coaching career at Eastern Michigan in 1989, serving as assistant offensive line coach for two seasons. McHugh then spent one year (1991) as Eastern Michigan's recruiting coordinator before returning to the field to coach the school's defensive line in 1992.
He launched his coaching career on the high school level in 1983, serving as an assistant coach at Liberty-Benton High in Findlay, Ohio for one season. In 1984, he was hired as head football coach at Northmor High School in Galion, Ohio, a position he held for five years.
McHugh graduated with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from the University of Findlay (Ohio) in 1983 and earned his master's of science degree in P.E. from Eastern Michigan in 1993. He played two seasons (1976-77) as a junior college wide receiver at Potomac State College in Keyser, W.V., before transferring to Findlay, where he played tight end from 1979-81 and was a member of the 1979 NAIA National Championship team.