O'Leary Completes Staff With Receivers Coach

ORLANDO – UCF football coach George O'Leary completed his coaching staff Saturday with the hiring of D.J. McCarthy of Boca Raton as receivers coach. McCarthy comes to UCF from the University of Nevada and replaces long-time assistant Sean Beckton.

"I'm very happy to have D.J. join the staff," O'Leary said. " He has ties to the state of Florida and has a wealth of experience with the passing game. He will be a good addition to the staff already in place."

McCarthy was receivers coach for the Wolf Pack since 2000 and was instrumental in the development of record-setting receiver Nate Burelson, who led the nation in receptions in 2002 with 138 catches. Burelson set many Nevada and Western Athletic Conference records, including receptions in a game with 19 and receiving yardage in a game with 326.

"It's a dream come true to be here," McCarthy said. "When you grow up in Florida and you want to coach, you think about being able to coach at one of the universities. For me, UCF is at the top of that list."

McCarthy graduated from the University of Washington in 1994, where he played receiver for the Huskies. He then began his coaching career at his alma mater, Boca Raton High School, where he spent two years and coached former UCF receiver Tavirus Davis. He also coached for a year at Fort Lauderdale High School before moving into the college ranks at West Hills Community College in California.

Prior to joining the staff at Nevada, McCarthy spent two years as a coaches assistant in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders. He got his start in the NFL as an intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1998.

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