Vaught’s note: Dan Burch played tennis at Kentucky and worked in the athletics department before leaving to have a career in sales. He’s stayed close to professional and collegiate athletics. He has his own name to toss out for the Kentucky football job and it is one I had not thought about but Burch makes a strong case for Ron Caragher, a former UK assistant coach who is in his sixth season as head coach at the University of San Diego. Enjoy this contribution from a vaughtsviews.com reader.
By Dan Burch
I want to tell you about a person that would fit all the needs for UK’s next football coach. Instead of a retread coach, I think this coach would be a perfect young, yet seasoned coach for UK. His name needs to and should be brought up in the conversation…
** Played in PAC-10 and won 4 straight bowls as a player.
** As an assistant coach his teams played in 6 bowl games, including a team that had a 20 game win streak.
** Became an SEC Asst Coach and helped lead a turnaround on an underachieving team.
** In 2005, he became recruiting coordinator for that SEC team and 12 players went on to play in the NFL! 6 are still active as of 2012 – He can spot talent!
** Left to take Head Coaching position at San Diego when Jim Harbaugh was hired away by Stanford.
** Prolific offense which averaged 44 pts and 483 yards per game during first season.
** Won two conference championships (9-2 both seasons) and named Coach of the Year in the Pioneer League in 2007 & 2011.
** Charismatic and possesses a “winners” mentality.
** 45 years old, married with 3 boys. His wife was former athlete at UCLA & Tennessee (tennis).
That SEC Team was the Kentucky Wildcats….
That coach was Ron Caragher.
knows the SEC.
knows the Recruiting base and how to sign talent.
has head coaching experience and a winner in a difficult league (Jim Harbaugh made the jump just fine).
is an offensive tactician.
is a good looking, charming and confortable in front of 1500 person alumni meeting or a recruits parents.
is a strong Christian (not politically to bring up but I’m telling you any way!)
is simply… a Winner at everything he’s done. He breathes that mentality.
When I saw some of those names coming out (for possible UK coaches), I thought Ron is much more qualified than half the list AND has experience as a head coach. Parlay that with the success as recruiting coordinator at Kentucky during the rebuilding. The guy is a charmer but a ferocious competitor which is probably why he wins wherever he goes … he just has that winner’s mentality.