Jan. 12, 2002
Duke head football coach Carl Franks announced Saturday that former Elon College All-America and nine-year NFL veteran Rich McGeorge has been named to the Blue Devil coaching staff and will coach the offensive line.
McGeorge, who served as an assistant coach at Duke previously from 1981-82 and 1987-89, replaces Joe D'Alessandris, who resigned earlier in the month to accept a similar position on the staff at Georgia Tech.
"We are certainly excited about Rich McGeorge joining our coaching staff," Franks said. "Rich and I have had a long relationship dating back to 1981. We coached together at Duke, with the Tampa Bay Bandits and at the University of Florida. I know from personal experience that the players will be excited to play for him. He will add a great deal of expertise and experience to our football team. He's coached on many different levels and has enjoyed success everywhere he has been."
McGeorge got his start in coaching at Duke, coaching Franks and the Blue Devil tight ends during the 1981 and 1982 seasons. He then spent a two years on the staff of the USFL's Birmingham Stallions before serving as the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Bandits under head coach Steve Spurrier in 1985. He returned to Duke with Spurrier to coach the offensive line for three seasons (1987-89) as the Blue Devils went a combined 20-13-1 and captured the 1989 ACC Championship. He then spent three seasons as the offensive line coach at Florida (1990-92), helping the Gators to a three-year record of 28-8 including one SEC Championship (1991) and two bowl game appearances (Sugar in 1991 & Gator in 1992).
McGeorge returned to the professional ranks in 1993 to begin a seven-year coaching stint with the NFL's Miami Dolphins. He coached the Dolphins' tight ends and offensive line from 1993-99. During McGeorge's tenure in Miami, the Dolphins posted an overall record of 64-48, won one AFC Eastern Division title (1994) and made five appearances in the playoffs (1994-95, 1997-99).
After volunteer coaching stops with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League and the Green Bay Packers in 2000, McGeorge spent 2001 as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator of the Memphis franchise of the XFL, helping the Maniax lead the league in total offense.
A native of Roanoke, Va., McGeorge was a two-time All-America pick at Elon College in 1968 and 1969 and a first round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1970. He played nine seasons with the Packers from 1970-78, totaling 175 career pass receptions. The Packers' 1973 Offensive Player of the Year, McGeorge has been inducted into the Elon College (1979) and NAIA (1980) Halls of Fame.
McGeorge, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in health and physical education from Elon in 1971, is married to the former Bonnie Moore. The couple has two sons, Randy - who with his wife Kim has two sons, Cameron and Colin - and Jason.