Aaron McCreary
Biographical details
Born(1892-09-15)September 15, 1892
Winchester, California, U.S.
DiedNovember 5, 1984(1984-11-05) (aged 92)
Festus, Missouri, U.S.
Playing career
1914Tempe Normal
1913–1915Tempe Normal
1914–1915Tempe Normal
Position(s)Back (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1923–1929Tempe Normal / Tempe State / Arizona State
1923–1930Tempe Normal / Tempe State / Arizona State
1931–1940Arizona State Flagstaff
1924–1926Tempe Normal / Tempe State
1928Tempe State
1930–1931Arizona State
?–1963Arizona State Flagstaff
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1923–1930Tempe/Arizona State Teachers
Head coaching record
Overall25–17–4 (football)
140–149 (basketball)

Aaron Monroe "Mac" McCreary (September 15, 1892 – November 5, 1984)[1] was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Tempe State Teachers College—known at Arizona State Teachers College by 1929 and now called Arizona State University—compiling a career college football record of 25–17–4. McCreary was also the head basketball coach at Tempe/Arizona State Teachers from 1923 to 1930 and at Arizona State Teacher's College of Flagstaff—now known as Northern Arizona University—amassing a career college basketball record of 140–149. In addition, he coached baseball at Tempe/Arizona State Teachers (1924–1926, 1928, 1930–1931) and at Arizona State Teacher's Flagstaff. McCreary also coached track, skiing, and boxing, and assisted in football at Arizona State Teacher's Flagstaff before retiring in 1963. He is a member of the Northern Arizona University Athletics Hall of Fame.[2]

McCreary letter in baseball, basketball, and track at Turlock High School in Turlock, California before graduating in 1913. He played football, basketball, and baseball at Arizona State, known as Tempe Normal College when he starred on the football team as a back in 1914. He earned a teaching diploma in 1915 from Tempe Normal and then enrolled at Pennsylvania College–now known as Gettysburg CollegeGettysburg, Pennsylvania. McCreary joined the United States Army in 1917 and served overseas in World War I. After the war, he attended the University of Arizona and earned a bachelor of science degree in 1920.[3]

McCreary died on November 5, 1984, in Festus, Missouri.[4]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tempe Normal Owls / Tempe State Bulldogs / Arizona State Bulldogs (Independent) (1923–1929)
1923 Tempe Normal 4–2
1924 Tempe Normal 6–1–1
1925 Tempe State 6–2
1926 Tempe State 4–1–1
1927 Tempe State 2–3–1
1928 Tempe State 3–2–1
1929 Arizona State 0–6
Tempe Normal / Tempe State / Arizona State: 25–17–4
Total: 25–17–4


  1. ^ Ancestral File (before 2003). Submitted by dweppler4007881. FamilySearch. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:MCZ2-X88.
  2. ^ "Arron "Mac" McCleary (Coach, 1931–63)". Northern Arizona University Athletics Hall of Fame. Arizona Board of Regents. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Eger, Bob (2001). Maroon & Gold: A History of Sun Devil Athletics. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 53. ISBN 1-58261-223-4. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "Former NAU Coach McCready Dies". Arizona Daily Sun. Phoenix, Arizona. November 6, 1984. p. 3. Retrieved March 6, 2023 – via Newspapers.com open access.