Mike MacIntyre Named Defensive Coordinator

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced on Wednesday that Mike MacIntyre will join the Blue Devil gridiron program and serve as defensive coordinator.

MacIntyre's appointment is the first staff transaction made by Cutcliffe, who was named Duke's 21st head football coach back on December 15.

"I've had the good fortune to have worked with Mike before," said Cutcliffe. "He is an outstanding person and an outstanding coach. His experience expands through college football as well as the NFL. He is a tremendous recruiter who will be a great addition to Duke University."

MacIntyre served on Cutcliffe's staff at Ole Miss from 1999-02, helping the Rebels to a four-year ledger of 29-19 with appearances in the Independence Bowl (1999 & 2002) and Music City Bowl (2000). MacIntyre coached the 1999 and 2000 seasons with the Ole Miss wide receivers before tutoring the defensive secondary in his final two years.

While mentoring the Mississippi wide receivers, MacIntyre coached two of the school's top pass-catchers in Cory Peterson and Grant Heard. On the Rebel career charts, Peterson ranks sixth in catches (135) and fifth in yards (1,842) while Heard stands third in receptions (142), third in yards (2,029) and second in receiving touchdowns (16). In 2001 — MacIntyre's first season with the Ole Miss defense — the Rebels led the SEC and ranked fifth nationally in pass defense, allowing just 161.3 yards per game.

"I'm looking forward to coming back to work with David," MacIntyre said. "He is a great coach and a great man. His direction of Duke football will allow the young men in our program to grow as both people and as football players. It's fun to recruit people to come play for Coach Cutcliffe. Duke is a great institution both academically and athletically, and I'm excited to bring my family to the area."

MacIntyre served the 2007 season as an assistant coach with the NFL's New York Jets, coaching the defensive backs. He spent four seasons (2003-06) as an assistant coach under Bill Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys, working with the defensive secondary. During his time with Dallas, the Cowboys posted three winning seasons and earned playoff berths in both 2003 and 2006.

While with the Cowboys, MacIntyre coached safety Roy Williams, who was the eighth overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft following a standout collegiate career at Oklahoma. Williams was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl in all four years that MacIntyre was on the Dallas staff and is one of four safeties in Cowboys history to earn four Pro Bowl berths. MacIntyre also coached cornerback Terrence Newman, who was an NFL All-Rookie choice in 2003 and an alternate for the Pro Bowl one season later.

MacIntyre got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Georgia (1990-91) and then spent the 1992 season as the defensive coordinator at Davidson College.

Before joining Cutcliffe at Ole Miss, MacIntyre coached the defensive backs at Temple in 1997-98. Prior to his stint with the Owls, he was at Tennessee-Martin, where he served as co-defensive coordinator from 1993-95 and defensive coordinator in 1996. MacIntyre added recruiting coordinator duties in 1994 and became the assistant head coach in 1995.

A 1989 graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree in business management, MacIntyre played two seasons (1987-88) at free safety and punt returner for the Yellow Jackets under head coach Bobby Ross. Prior to attending Georgia Tech, MacIntyre played two years at Vanderbilt (1984-85) under his father, George, who served as the head coach of the Commodores from 1979-85. He went on to earn a master's degree in education with an emphasis on sports management from Georgia in 1991.

Born March 14, 1965, in Miami, Fla., MacIntyre and his wife, Trisha, have three children, Jennifer, Jay Michael and Jonston.


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