Inside The Coaching Staff: Phil McGeoghan

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Considering how pass happy the National Football League has become, you can never have too many offensive assistant coaches. Phil McGeoghan is one of the youngest members of the Miami Dolphins coaching staff and will provide significant help to wide receivers coach Ken O’Keefe as his assistant wide receivers coach.

McGeoghan is incredibly smart and can relate to Miami’s players both from an age perspective and as a former player in the NFL and NFL Europe. In our continuing series looking deeper into the new members of Head Coach Joe Philbin’s staff, we introduce you to McGeoghan and what he brings to the Miami offense.

NFL Coaching Experience: This is McGeoghan’s first NFL job and professional coaching job of any kind.

College Coaching Experience: A return to his college alma mater the University of Maine in 2007 marked the beginning of McGeoghan’s young coaching career. He served as the Black Bears’ tight ends and wide receivers coach before moving onto the Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island as offensive coordinator in 2008. McGeoghan then headed south to Tampa to take the job of wide receivers coach at the University of South Florida and stayed there for three seasons from 2009-11.

Playing Career Summary: After starring as a wide receiver for Maine in college from 1998-2000, McGeoghan embarked on a journeyman’s career in the NFL for four teams in four seasons – the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets, appearing in two games for the Broncos in 2001. The Jets signed him first as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001. He also played in NFL Europe for the Berlin Thunder in 2002 and caught 15 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. His freshman year of college was spent at Boston University in 1997, the last year the Terriers fielded a football team, and he started every game.

Did You Know?: McGeoghan ranks fourth all-time at Maine in receiving yards and fifth in receptions. He also earned two All-America honors as a member of the track and field team at UM in 1999 and 2000. He currently owns the America East Conference and UM high jump records with a leap of 7-1. McGeoghan competed in both football and track and field all three years at UM and was named the 1999 Jack Butterfield Offensive Player of the Year and won the 2000 Woody Carville Senior Achievement Award. In addition to Academic All-America awards, McGeoghan was also the recipient of the Arthur Ashe and Dean Smith academic honors. He was president of the University of Maine’s Student-Athlete population, a member of the Senior Skulls (top one percent of the University of Maine students) and he received the top senior student-athlete achievement award.

By The Numbers: Last season USF had three different receivers catch at least 30 passes, Sterling Griffin (43), Victor Mare (33) and Deonte Welch (31). … In 2010, senior Dontavia Bogan turned in one of the most productive seasons by a wide receiver in school history with 47 receptions for 685 yards and six touchdowns. His receiving yardage total ranked second all-time for a single-season and the number of touchdown catches was tied for second, while his reception total was the fifth best. … And in McGeoghan’s first season on the Bulls' staff in 2009, wide receivers Carlton Mitchell and A.J. Love each averaged more than 17 yards per catch, with Love’s 18.8 average the third best in school history.

Dolphins Connections: Philbin recruited McGeoghan out of high school when Philbin was coaching at Northeastern and McGeoghan was finishing up at Agawam High School in Agawam, Mass.

Off The Field: “I’m just a guy who likes to watch movies and just relax and be low key. I’m a Bar-B-Q guy so I like to put something on the smoker and hang out for three hours and pull off a nice set of baby back ribs and just kind of hang out. I like water sports and getting out by the water, so obviously it’s conducive to that type of lifestyle previously in Tampa and now being down here in Miami.”

McGeoghan On His Coaching Philosophy: “I think it’s about building relationships and making sure that people trust you that you’re going to get them better and you’re going to be there for them as a man. If they need to talk to me, I always have an open door policy and I’ll be there to develop young talent and develop players to be the best that they can possibly be. I think it’s all about fundamentals and technique and discipline and focus and concentration; all of the things that we always talk about. I think those are the basic fundamental cores that you need to coach to the basics on and you need to make sure your guys are very strong in those areas. I don’t think that you really alter from what your core philosophies are so you focus on route running, catching the ball, blocking, coverage identification and all of the components that make up a complete receiver and you try to develop those skills.”

McGeoghan On Joining The Dolphins: “I’ve always been really excited about Florida football and when I got a chance to come down here to USF, that was a great opportunity for me. When the opportunity arose to come down here with the Dolphins, obviously that was something that I was really excited about it. This is an unbelievable opportunity as I’ve been involved with some really good staffs, but just the wealth of knowledge and information in the football minds we have in this building right now, as a young football coach it’s really amazing and really powerful right now.”

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