DELL MCGEE | RUNNING BACKS
Dell McGee was named running backs coach on January 3, 2015. He had just led Georgia Southern as interim head coach to victory in its first-ever bowl game—a win over Bowling Green in the GoDaddy Bowl. He served as running backs coach at Georgia Southern the previous two seasons both of which the Eagles led the nation in rushing offense—384 yards per game in 2014 and 363 yards per game in 2015. GSU won the Sun Belt Championship in 2014 and had four backs top the 600-yard rushing mark in 2015. McGee had been promoted to associate head coach early in the 2015 season.
Prior to joining the Georgia Southern staff McGee served one season at Auburn, his alma mater, where he worked as an analyst in 2013 when the Tigers reached the BCS Championship Game.
McGee developed Carver-Columbus High School into a perennial powerhouse as the Tigers rattled off seven-straight seasons with 10 or more wins, including a perfect 15-0 season en route to the Georgia state title. In four of McGee’s last five years at the helm of the program, Carver advanced to the state semifinals. McGee posted an 88-19 overall record with a 21-6 mark in the playoffs, which included six region championships. He took over a Carver program in 2005 that had not had a winning season in the nine years previously and had never posted a double-digit win campaign in its 47-year history. He was named Georgia State Coach of the Year in 2007 and ’08.
McGee began coaching at the high school level as an assistant coach in 2001. He has had a number of players advance to the professional ranks, including Georgia All-American Jarvis Jones, and UAB offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, both with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Another former Tiger, DeQuan Menzie, was a 2011 draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. Tailback Isaiah Crowell, SEC Freshman of the Year at Georgia in 2011, was a 2014 Free Agent signee for the Cleveland Browns, while Gabe Wright was drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. Corey Crawford signed a rookie free-agent deal with Washington in 2015. In 2011, McGee was selected to coach in the third annual Under Armour High School All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. McGee was a two-year starter and four-year letterwinner at Auburn from 1992-95, helping preserve the Tigers’ undefeated 1993 season with a critical interception against Alabama. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals and remained with the organization through 1998. McGee played overseas in NFL Europe in 1999 and then concluded that season with the Detroit Lions. Additional stops in the Arena Football League and with the XFL closed out his professional career. McGee had two interceptions in the XFL and ranks on the league’s career interceptions top-10 list. McGee lettered in football and track at Kendrick High School in Columbus, Ga. McGee and his wife Linda have a son, Austin.