It happens almost every season on almost every coaching staff. And with the impressive showing Utah State’s offense had on the football field this past season it’s not much of a surprise to see coaches from other colleges targeting USU assistants to fill staff openings.
Kevin McGiven, Utah State’s quarterbacks coach, was named the new passing game coordinator at Memphis on Tuesday.
“Kevin is a good football coach, and he did a tremendous job with the development of Diondre Borel this season, mentoring him into having one of the better seasons for a Utah State quarterback, setting a school record for total offense along the way,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said. “Under Coach McGiven and offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin’s tutelage, Diondre also set a school record and was among the nation’s leaders for fewest interceptions thrown.”
Andersen said he was sad to lose an assistant, but understanding of the situation — one he has been in several times.
“Losing an assistant coach is part of this profession,” Andersen said. “It’s what happens when you have a young, talented coach such as Kevin.”
With McGiven gone, Andersen will try to fill the opening on his staff with another person able to keep the Aggies’ offense moving. More importantly in some ways, perhaps, is finding a new recruiting coordinator — a position McGiven also held.
“I’m looking for a young, excited coach to step in here. We have a lot to offer here at Utah State, with a tremendous University and community, as well as fantastic facilities and an up-and-coming football program,” Andersen said. “One of my philosophies is to look within our program first, including graduate assistants.”