McCarty Named New Northwestern Head Football Coach
Northwestern College announced today that Matt McCarty will take over as the head coach of the football program.
McCarty will be just the fifth head coach in the program’s four-year history (since 1960), moving into the role after serving the last 11 years as the team’s defensive coordinator. He also was the team’s assistant head coach since 2012.
“I am excited to announce the appointment of Matt McCarty as Red Raider football’s new head football coach,” commented Northwestern Athletic Director Earl Woudstra.
The Red Raider defense has flourished into one of the NAIA’s best under McCarty’s direction, ranking in the nation’s top 15 in scoring defense all but one season.
McCarty’s defense was tops in the NAIA in both scoring and total yards in 2014 and the unit was second in scoring in 2008, giving up 11 points per game. Noted for getting pressure on the quarterback, Northwestern has ranked in the top five in sacks six times during McCarty’s tenure, and his 2012 defense set the GPAC record with 44 sacks.
McCarty has twice been named a finalist for the NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year (2014-15) while at Northwestern. Seventeen players have earned All-American honors under McCarty and four were named the GPAC Defensive Player of the Year.
McCarty was a standout defensive back for four years (2000-03) for Northwestern College, where he earned NAIA All-American honors in 2003 and helped lead his team to the playoffs two years. He is tied for seventh all-time at Northwestern with 15 career interceptions.
“I am excited to work with an outstanding group of young men. We have a very talented group, but what is even more exciting is the great group of men we have to work with. We will focus on glorifying God by pursuing excellence in everything we do.”