Mike McHugh spent a decade as the director of football operations at Cal from 2003-12 and has been involved with football as a coach or administrator at the professional, collegiate or high school level for 30 years (1983-2012).
While at Cal McHugh oversaw all day-to-day operations of the football program. His comprehensive list of responsibilities was highlighted by the coordination of team travel, the building and maintenance of the budget, the organization of training camp and spearheading the team's community relations efforts, which included student-athlete visits to childrens' hospitals, reading to elementary students, and various food and clothing drives.
He also supervised the operational activities and staff of the High Performance Zone, training room, video, recruiting and academic support departments. In addition, McHugh oversaw training table and player meals, facilities and new construction, and served as the assistant director of the Cal football summer camps.
McHugh was Cal's team liaison for appearances in eight bowl games, including the 2003 Insight Bowl, 2004 Holiday Bowl, 2005 Las Vegas Bowl, 2006 Holiday Bowl, 2007 Armed Forces Bowl, 2008 Emerald Bowl, 2009 Poinsettia Bowl and 2011 Holiday Bowl.
Prior to joining Cal in 2003, McHugh spent two seasons as an offensive assistant coach with the Detroit Lions (2001-02) following previous stints as the director of football operations at Oregon (1999-2000) when Cal head coach Jeff Tedford was the Ducks' offensive coordinator and Missouri (1993-98). He was also on the staff for four seasons at Eastern Michigan as a defensive line assistant coach (1992), recruiting coordinator (1991) and offensive line assistant coach (1989-90).
McHugh got his start in the football business at the high school level in 1983 as an assistant coach at Liberty-Benton High School before working for five seasons at Northmor High School as an assistant coach (1984) and head coach (1985-88).
McHugh played two seasons of collegiate football during a three-year stretch from 1979-81 as a tight end and wide receiver at Findlay and was a member of the school's 1979 NAIA national championship team, while also participating on the track and field squad. Before transferring to Findlay, he spent two seasons as a wide receiver at Potomac State College (1976-77).
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