|Position:||Graduate Assistant, Defense|
Ryan McKinley is in his first season at Cal in 2011 as a graduate assistant on the defensive side of the ball, where he works primarily with the team's linebackers. McKinley manages opponent game file breakdowns, generates opponent scouting reports, facilitates opponent scout teams and assists the defensive staff in game preparation.
McKinley comes to Cal after coaching the linebackers the past two seasons at Fresno City College, where he helped develop two first-team All-State and four first-team All-Central Valley Conference linebackers that led the Rams to a pair of league crowns, winning the outright title in 2010 and a co-championship in 2009. In 2010, Fresno City College was the CVC's top-ranked unit in total defense, rush defense and sacks following a 2009 campaign in which the unit set a California state record with 51.0 sacks.
In his final season at Fresno State, McKinley was a defensive student assistant coach who assisted the defensive staff with weekly game preparation. He was a linebacker for the Bulldogs from 2004-07 and earned Western Athletic Conference All-Academic honors in 2006. McKinley obtained both a master's degree in Kinesiology in May 2010 and a bachelor's in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing in December 2008 from Fresno State.
A native of Reno, McKinley was a member of the Reno High School football team that won the 2003 4A state title.
McKinley is the son of Scott and Susan McKinley, and has two siblings. His sister, Eryn Xavier, M.D., is the Chief Resident of her Family Medicine and Residency Program. His brother, Allen McKinley, is studying Construction Management, at Cal Poly. McKinley's brother-in-law, Gary Xavier, is a Media Marketing Manager for one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States.
McKinley is single and resides in Walnut Creek.
LAST UPDATED: August 4, 2011