George MacIntyre
Biographical details
Born(1939-04-30)April 30, 1939
St. Petersburg, Florida
DiedJanuary 5, 2016(2016-01-05) (aged 76)
Nashville, Tennessee
Playing career
1958–1960Miami (FL)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1961, 1963Jacksonville Parker HS (FL) (assistant)
1964–1967Miami (FL) (scout)
1968–1969Tampa (DC)
1970–1972Clemson (DB)
1973–1974Vanderbilt (assistant)
1978Ole Miss (OC)
1991–1992Donelson Christian Academy (TN)
1993–1994Episcopal HS of Jacksonville (FL)
1995–1996Liberty (DC)
1997–1998Liberty (RB)
Head coaching record
Overall43–66–1 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1982)
Sporting News College Football COY (1982)
SEC Coach of the Year (1982)

George Wallace MacIntyre[1] (April 30, 1939 – January 5, 2016) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin from 1975 to 1977 and at Vanderbilt University from 1979 to 1985, compiling a career college football record of 43–66–1. At Vanderbilt in 1982, he won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.


MacIntyre was born in St. Petersburg, Florida,[1] and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1957 and played quarterback on the school football team.[2] He then was quarterback at the University of Miami for the 1958 season.[3] MacIntyre sat out the 1957 season due to a broken wrist and served as a backup to All-America quarterback Fran Curci in 1958 and 1959 and to Eddie Johns in 1960. For the 1960 season, MacIntyre also was the holder for field goals. In Miami's final game of 1960, against Air Force, MacIntyre successfully threw a touchdown pass as part of a fake field goal. This play contributed to Miami's 23–14 victory and earned MacIntyre the nickname "The Finger".[4] After graduating from Miami, MacIntyre became an assistant football coach at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville in 1961 and 1963 and served in the military in 1962.[4] In 1964, MacIntyre became a football recruiting administrator at the University of Miami.[4] He would stay at Miami until 1967 and would join the University of Tampa football coaching staff as defensive coordinator in 1968.[5][6]

From 1970 to 1972, MacIntyre was the defensive backs coach at Clemson and then was assistant coach for Vanderbilt from 1973 to 1974. The 1974 Peach Bowl between Vanderbilt and Texas Tech ended with a 6–6 tie. MacIntyre took his first head coaching position in 1975 with Tennessee–Martin and remained head coach until 1977. In three seasons, MacIntyre had an overall 18–14 record, with a 2–8 record in 1975 and 8–3 records in both 1976 and 1977. In 1978, MacIntyre was offensive coordinator for Ole Miss (the University of Mississippi).

MacIntyre again became a head coach in 1979, this time with Vanderbilt, having previously been an assistant coach for Vanderbilt from 1973 to 1974. Following three losing seasons (1–10 in 1979, 2–9 in 1980, and 4–7 in 1981), Vanderbilt went 8–4 in 1982 and earned a berth in the Hall of Fame Classic. This would be Vanderbilt's only winning season with MacIntyre as coach, and MacIntyre had an overall 25–52–1 record as Vanderbilt head coach from 1979 to 1985. After the 1985 season, MacIntyre resigned from Vanderbilt, blaming the "continuing rise in academic standards, both in admissions and in the retaining of student athletes" for Vanderbilt's losing seasons.[7]

After leaving Vanderbilt, MacIntyre led a company that provided summer sales employment to college athletes until 1991, when he became head football coach and interim headmaster of Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville, the city where Vanderbilt is located. MacIntyre returned to Jacksonville in 1993 as the head coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville and worked his final coaching position as running backs coach at Liberty University.[6] In 1999, MacIntyre retired from coaching after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[8][9]

MacIntyre's son George Michael "Mike" MacIntyre has been a football coach at both the collegiate and professional levels since the 1990s and became head coach at the University of Colorado in 2012. George MacIntyre died on January 5, 2016, at the age of 76. At the time of his death, he was being treated for multiple sclerosis, which he had for more than 20 years.[10]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tennessee–Martin Pacers (Gulf South Conference) (1975–1977)
1975 Tennessee–Martin 2–8 1–7 9th
1976 Tennessee–Martin 8–3 5–3 T–4th
1977 Tennessee–Martin 8–3 6–2 T–2nd
Tennessee–Martin: 18–14 12–12
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (1979–1985)
1979 Vanderbilt 1–10 0–6 T–9th
1980 Vanderbilt 2–9 0–6 T–9th
1981 Vanderbilt 4–7 1–5 10th
1982 Vanderbilt 8–4 4–2 T–3rd L Hall of Fame Classic
1983 Vanderbilt 2–9 0–6 T–9th
1984 Vanderbilt 5–6 2–4 T–7th
1985 Vanderbilt 3–7–1 1–4–1 8th
Vanderbilt: 25–52–1 8–33–1
Total: 43–66–1


  1. ^ a b "George MacIntyre Obituary (2016) the Tennessean".
  2. ^ "Catching up with yesterday's stars". Florida Times-Union. July 13, 2008. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Miami History: All-Time Lettermen". Miami Hurricanes. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Fitzgerald, Tommy (February 2, 1964). "'Finger' returns to U-M as aide". The Miami News. pp. 1C, 3C.
  5. ^ "Sports in brief: Potluck". St. Petersburg Times. January 22, 1970. p. 2C.
  6. ^ a b "George MacIntyre: Assistant Head Coach, Running Backs". Liberty Flames. Archived from the original on May 1, 1999.
  7. ^ "MacIntyre Resigns". The New York Times. December 4, 1985. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  8. ^ "George MacIntyre goes on the offense in battle with MS". Associated Press. July 20, 1999. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  9. ^ Solano, Javier, and Williams, Charean. "Football capsules: Jacksonville Episcopal at Taylor". Orlando Sentinel: October 20, 1994. This game preview in 1994 noted that it was MacIntyre's second year coaching Jacksonville Episcopal.
  10. ^ "George MacIntyre, Vanderbilt Football Coach, Dies at 76". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 6, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2019.