Canales Officially OC & Bulls Name WR Coach

Coach Leavitt has finally made it official and promoted Coach Mike Canales to the role of Offensive Coordinator. He also announced the hiring of Phil McGeoghan as the new wide receiver coach Wednesday.

It's now finally official; Jim Leavitt announced Wednesday evening that wide receivers Coach Mike Canales has been promoted to Offensive Coordinator and will also oversee the quarterbacks. Coach Leavitt also announced that Naval Academy Prep offensive coordinator Phil McGeoghan will be the Bulls new wide receivers coach 

"We are fortunate to have Coach Canales back as offensive coordinator and I know that he will do a tremendous job," said Leavitt. 

This is Canales' second stint as offensive coordinator at USF.  Canales was the coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1996-00, and worked with former USF quarterback Marquel Blackwell (1999 and 2000) who became the USF career record holder in passing yards and touchdowns.

oter leavin Canales worked with receivers for the New York Jets, and while at NC State tutored Phillip Rivers who went on to be All-Pro for the San Diego Chargers.  Canales was also the offensive coordinator at Arizona for three years before coming back to USF in 2007.

After returning to USF in 2007 Canales served as receiver coach and the pass game coordinator for USF for the last two years.  During that time the Bulls he bulls oach and ears n offense averaged over 400 yards per game and wide receivers Taurus Johnson, Carlton Mitchell and Jessie Hester had standout seasons.

"Mike knows this program and the offense inside-and-out and I know that he will continue to be a tremendous leader for our offense," said Coach Jim Leavitt.

McGeoghan began coaching in 2007 at the university of Maine as an assistant coach overseeing tight ends and wide receivers.  In 2008, he worked as the offensive coordinator for the Naval Academy Prep School.

He also has an impressive list of mentors, and coaches that he has worked with including: Herman Edwards, Fred Biletnikoff, Mike Shanahan, Gary Kubiak, Jon Gruden, Paul Hackett, Mike McCarthy, Chuck Bresnahan, Jim Haslett, Bill Callahan and Karl Dorrell.

Before coaching our offense.", McGeoghan played in the NFL for four seasons, (Saint's, Jets, Broncos, Raiders,) and worked with Canales when McGeoghan was a receiver and Canales was the Jets receivers coach in 2003.

It is a remarkable opportunity to coach at a BCS and BIG EAST school like USF," said McGeoghan.  "Coach Canales has been my mentor as a coach, player and person since 2003. I feel so privileged to be a part of the Coach Leavitt's staff and call myself a Bull."

McGeoghan spent three seasons at the University of Maine (1998-00), and ranks fourth all-time at UM in receiving yards and fifth in receptions.He earned the 1999 Jack Butterfield Offensive Player of the Year Award, and won the 2000 Woody Carville Senior Achievement Award. He also earned two All-America honors for track and field team, and owns the America East Conference and UM high jump records.

In addition to athletic honors, he was a Academic All-American, recipient of the Arthur Ashe and Dean Smith academic honors, president of UM's Student-Athlete population, a member of the Senior Skulls (top 1% of  UM students) and received the top senior student-athlete achievement award.

In 1997 McGeoghan graduated from Agawam High School, where he was an All-State football player, All-Western Mass. basketball player, and an All-American in track and field. He excelled at high jump, setting an Agawam High School Record with a leap of 6' 11'', and later breaking a university record

We called him ‘full-go-Phil' when he was with the Jets," said Canales. "He never did anything half-speed.  He has a lot of energy and passion for the game.  I have been impressed with how thorough and organized he is as a coach, and I am excited to get him here to USF."

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