Thomas McGaughey
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McGaughey in 2021
New York Giants
Position:Special teams coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1973-05-08) May 8, 1973 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois
Career information
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards

Thomas McGaughey (born May 8, 1973) is an American football coach and former player who is the special teams coordinator for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He has previously served the same role for the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets. It is his second stint with the New York Giants having served as assistant special teams coordinator from 2007 to 2010.

Playing career

McGaughey played as a defensive back at the University of Houston from 1991 to 1995. He was the special teams captain as a senior. McGaughey spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals (1996) and Philadelphia Eagles (1997) of the National Football League (NFL).[1] In 1997 he won NFL Europe’s World Bowl with the Barcelona Dragons.[2] In 1999, he played for the Houston Outlaws in the short-lived Regional Football League.[3]

Coaching career

McGaughey started his coaching career with Houston in 1998 as a graduate assistant. In 2002, he became the assistant special teams coach for the Kansas City Chiefs after a year as a minority intern with them, before returning to Houston to be their special teams coordinator. McGaughey then spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as assistant special teams coordinator for the Denver Broncos, and the same role for the New York Giants from 2007 to 2010. During his first season with the Giants, the team won Super Bowl XLII by defeating the New England Patriots, 17–14.[4]

McGaughey became special teams coordinator for LSU in 2011 and held the position until 2013. He spent the following seasons as special teams coordinator for the New York Jets in 2014, San Francisco 49ers in 2015, and Carolina Panthers from 2016 to 2017. On February 11, 2022, McGaughey returned to the New York Giants as special teams coordinator.[5]


  1. ^ "Thomas McGaughey". news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Thomas McGaughey Bio". Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  3. ^ Goolsby, Henry (April 25, 1999). "Pride: Scores safety, field goal". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, Mississippi. p. 36. Retrieved January 28, 2019 – via
  4. ^ "Giants Stun Patriots in Super Bowl XLII". The New York Times. February 4, 2008.
  5. ^ Eisen, Michael (February 14, 2022). "Mike Kafka, Don Martindale, Thomas McGaughey named Giants coordinators". Retrieved February 18, 2023.