The Spartans welcomed Mike MacIntyre to San Jose State Thursday as the new head football coach. He replaces Dick Tomey whose five-year run with the Spartans produced a win at the inaugural New Mexico Bowl in 2006. MacIntyre said ‘discipline and conditioning’ will be the hallmarks of the program under his watch.
"Coach Tomey put San Jose State on the right path and it is my job to build on his accomplishments,” says MacIntyre, adding, “We can and will recruit young men to San Jose State who will be successful here and in the future as university graduates."
He has National Football League experience serving as a defensive secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets. When with Dallas, the Cowboys trained for a week at San Jose State in between games with the Raiders and 49ers giving MacIntyre a first hand look at the Spartans facilities and program.
His college coaching experience spans a variety of stops including Ole Miss, Georgia and Temple. Recruiting is in his blood and he talks about the topic with great enthusiasm. MacIntyre was instrumental in recruiting current San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis to Mississippi.
The 44-year-old first-time collegiate head coach comes to San Jose State after working the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Duke University where he was named the 2009 American Football Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year.