We learned Monday afternoon that San Diego head coach Ron Caragher is leaving for the same position at San Jose State. Caragher steps in for Mike MacIntyre, the most successful coach in recent San Jose State history, who left for a similar position at Colorado.
Caragher, 45, took over at San Diego after his predecessor Jim Harbaugh left for another Bay Area school, Stanford. Caragher continued the Toreros success, going 44-22 in six seasons with a share of three Pioneer Football League titles and a 34-13 league record.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to lead the San Jose State football program. Having grown up in the San Jose area, I understand the rich tradition of Spartan football -- it's lineage of great coaches, terrific teams, and outstanding players." Caragher said in a statement.
A native of Morgan Hill, Calif., located just 22 miles south of San Jose, Caragher played at UCLA from 1986-89 and worked on the Bruins coaching staff from 1994-02 under head coaches Terry Donahue and Bob Toledo. After serving as a graduate assistant for two years, he was promoted to wide receivers coach and also spent time working with the team's kickers and punters. He left Westwood to be the running backs coach at Kentucky from 2003-06 before replacing Harbaugh at San Diego.
Caragher figures to further MacIntyre's efforts making recruting inroads in the state of California, and will be tasked with keeping the Spartans' success on rolling on the field. San Jose State finished the regular season with a 10-2 record and ranked No. 24 in both the AP and USA Today polls, its first national ranking since 1990.
Under Caragher, the Toreros finished the 2012 season with an 8-3 record and their second consecutive share of the PFC championship. San Diego ranked inside the Football Championship Subdivision top 20 of six categories, including passing efficiency (151.5, 11th), rushing defense (120 ypg, 15th) and scoring defense (19.3 ppg, 14th).