Alma Mater: Slippery Rock '82
In his third season on the Tulsa coaching staff, Jeff McInerney serves as the school's assistant head coach. He also coaches linebackers and is the special teams coordinator. In his first two seasons, McInerney was the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.
Prior to his arrival in Tulsa, McInerney served as defensive coordinator at UNLV for the 1999 season. At UNLV, McInernery's defensive unit made vast improvement from the previous season. The Rebels' pass defense ranked 23rd nationally, an improvement of 74 spots in the national rankings, and first in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV's total defense, run defense and scoring defense statistics also improved under McInerney's guidance.
McInernery and Head Coach Keith Burns coached together at Rice for one year and two seasons at Southern California.
Before his stint at UNLV, McInerney spent the 1998 campaign as the defensive ends coach at Oregon State, where he coached under Mike Riley and helped lead the Beavers to their best record since the 1971 season.
Previously, McInerney served as defensive line coach at Southern California (1996-97), the same time that Burns was the USC defensive coordinator. His two seasons on John Robinson's staff at USC included coaching Trojan All-American Darrell Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 1997 NFL draft.
McInerney spent two years at Duke University (1994-95). After coaching defensive ends during the school's Hall of Fame Bowl Championship season of 1994, he became defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Blue Devils in 1995. Before that, he coached the defensive ends at Rice for two years (1992-93).
A native of Bethlehem, Pa., McInerney Is a veteran of three NCAA football championships. He was the linebackers coach at Troy (Ala.) State for five years (1983-87), which included the NCAA Division II championship seasons of 1984 and 1987. He also coached for one season each at Southern Illinois (1988) and UTEP (1989). He spent two seasons at Georgia Southern, and as co-defensive coordinator helped the Eagles win the 1990 NCAA Division I-AA national title.
McInerney, 42, earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Slippery Rock in 1982, and his master's degree in secondary education from Troy State in 1984.
He and his wife, Leslie, have two children: Ryan and Amy.
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