Phil McGeoghan | East Carolina University

Team: East Carolina University
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Wide Receivers Coach
Hometown: Agawam, Massachusetts


Phil McGeoghan, who spent the last four seasons in the National Football League with the Miami Dolphins, was appointed East Carolina’s wide receivers coach on Dec. 23, 2015.

McGeoghan initially joined the storied franchise’s offensive staff as assistant wide receivers coach in 2012 before earning a promotion to wide receivers coach in November, 2015.

Under McGeoghan's direct leadership, standout second-year pass-catcher Jarvis Landry set a single-season franchise record with 110 receptions in 2015 to easily surpass O.J. McDuffie's mark of 90 set in 1998.

Working along with receivers coach Ken O'Keefe, he helped the LSU product headline a unit in 2014 with 84 catches, which not only ranked fourth overall in club history, but set a Dolphins standard for most by a rookie and stood as the sixth-highest total in the NFL annals for a first-year player. McGeoghan helped Landry hit his stride in December with 35 receptions, the second-most catches in any month in Miami history.

In 2013, McGeoghan assisted in guiding a receiving corps that featured a pair of players with 70-plus receptions in Brian Hartline (76 for 1,016 yards) and Mike Wallace (73 for 930). Additionally, Hartline became the fifth receiver in team history to tally consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, while Wallace finished third in both receptions and receiving yards for a Dolphins player in his first season with the team.

McGeoghan helped coach a young group of wide receivers in 2012 that included a breakout performance from Hartline, who set career highs at the time in receptions (74), reception yards (1,083) and 100-yard receiving games (three). The former Ohio State star also had one of the most prolific games for a receiver in club history, tallying 12 receptions for 253 yards and one touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals on September 30. The 12 grabs served as the second-highest single-game total in the storied franchise's history, while the 253 yards established a new Dolphins standard.

Before accepting a position in the NFL, McGeoghan spent three seasons as wide receivers coach at South Florida beginning in 2009 under head coach Jim Leavitt before working two years with former East Carolina coach Skip Holtz.

During his final season at USF in 2011, three Bulls' receivers - Sterling Griffin (43), Victor Marc (33) and Deonte Welch (31) - each tallied more than 30 receptions. A year earlier in 2010, senior Dontavia Bogan produced one of the best seasons in school history with 685 yards and six touchdowns on 47 receptions to earn All-Big East honors.

In his first season with the Bulls, USF wide receivers were constant big play threats, as both Carlton Mitchell and A.J. Love each averaged more than 17 yards per catch, with Love's 18.8 clip ranking third all-time at USF. McGeoghan also played a key recruiting role for signing classes that earned Top 25 rankings by various publications during his time in Tampa.

In 2008, McGeoghan worked as the offensive coordinator for the Naval Academy Prep School, which oversees the professional and athletic development of midshipmen and cadet candidates. He began his coaching career at alma mater Maine in 2007 as wide receivers and tight ends coach after a four-year playing career in the NFL that included roster positions with the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets, in addition to playing in NFL Europe for the Berlin Thunder.

McGeoghan earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Maine and starred as a wide receiver for the Black Bears, standing fourth in career receiving yards and fifth in receptions. In the classroom, he earned Academic All-America honors and was recognized as an Arthur Ashe Jr. and Dean Smith Sport Scholar. McGeoghan also served in a leadership capacity as UM's student-athlete president.

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