One of the NFL’s most innovative offensive minds, Mike McCarthy has piloted the Green Bay Packers to one of the most successful stretches in franchise history during his 12 years as head coach. Named to the position on Jan. 12, 2006, he has guided Green Bay to the playoffs nine times in his 12 years at the helm, and joins Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl win with Green Bay’s 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
One of the NFL’s most innovative offensive minds, Mike McCarthy has piloted the Green Bay Packers to one of the most successful stretches in franchise history during his 12 years as head coach. Named to the position on Jan. 12, 2006, he has guided Green Bay to the playoffs nine times in his 12 years at the helm, and joins Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl win with Green Bay’s 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV. McCarthy’s 121 regular-season wins in his first 12 years as a head coach rank fourth in NFL history (according to the Elias Sports Bureau), while his 131 total wins are second in franchise history to only Curly Lambeau (212 from 1921-49). With a Week 6 victory over the San Diego Chargers in 2015, McCarthy earned the 100th regular-season win of his career in just his 150th game, making him the seventh-fastest coach in NFL history and the fastest current NFL coach to reach the 100-win plateau. In 2016, he extended his franchise record with his eighth regular season with 10-plus wins.
The Packers have set a new standard for offensive football under McCarthy, the team’s primary play-caller for most of his tenure. Since 2006, Green Bay routinely has finished inside the top 10 leaguewide in passing yards (10 times), total offense (nine) and scoring (nine).
The past nine seasons constitute one of the most prosperous periods in team history. The Packers have posted a 103-56-1 record (including playoffs) during that stretch and established a new franchise record with eight consecutive postseason appearances from 2009-16. Including playoffs, McCarthy has a 131-78-1 record since taking over as head coach in 2006, a .626 winning percentage that ranks No. 3 among current NFL head coaches (min. 100 games). McCarthy coached his 200th career game, including postseason, during Week 6 of the 2017 season. Having compiled 128 victories, McCarthy tied Bud Grant and Chuck Noll for the sixth-most wins by a head coach through 200 games. McCarthy is only the fourth head coach in NFL history to lead a single franchise to eight or more consecutive playoff appearances, joining Tom Landry, Noll and Bill Belichick. Those eight appearances from 2009-16 were more than the rest of the NFC North Division combined over that span (Minnesota, three; Detroit, three; Chicago, one).
McCarthy’s nine playoff appearances overall are the most by a Packers coach since the NFL postseason began in 1933. With the victory over Dallas in the 2016 playoffs, McCarthy surpassed Lombardi and Holmgren for the most playoff victories in team history (10). The rest of the NFC North has combined for three postseason wins over the last 11 seasons (Minnesota and Chicago). McCarthy guided the Packers to a franchise-record fourth consecutive division title in 2014. In his 12 seasons, he has guided the team to six division titles, tying Lombardi for the second most in franchise history. The Packers were the only NFC team to win its division each year from 2011-14 and one of only three teams in the NFL to do so over that span (Denver, New England). McCarthy has guided Green Bay to a 50-21-1 (.701) record against division opponents since 2006. That includes an impressive stretch from 2010-12 when the Packers reeled off 12 straight wins against NFC North opponents, the longest divisional winning streak in team history.
That success begins with dominance at Lambeau Field. Under McCarthy, the Packers own the fourth-best home winning percentage (69-26-1, .724) in the league since 2006. In 2014, Green Bay finished 8-0 for the fifth time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (1996-97, 2002 and 2011) and were one of only two teams to go undefeated at home during the regular season (Denver). Green Bay has finished with a record of .500 or better at home in 11 consecutive seasons under McCarthy. In 2014, the Packers led the NFL with 318 points scored at home, the third-most points scored at home during the regular season in NFL history, trailing only the 2011 Saints (329) and the 2011 Packers (321).
That 2011 team won a franchise-best 15 regular-season games, as the Packers became just the sixth team in NFL history to reach that mark in the regular season. The Packers began the ’11 campaign by reeling off 13 consecutive wins, easily eclipsing the previous franchise record of 10-0 starts in 1929 and 1962. Dating back to Week 16 of the 2010 season, and including the playoffs, Green Bay won 19 consecutive games before suffering its lone regular-season defeat at Kansas City in Week 15. Covering a span of 364 days, the 19-game winning streak was the longest in franchise history and was the second-longest winning streak in NFL history (including playoffs) behind only the 2003-04 New England Patriots (21 games). Perhaps most impressively, the Packers never trailed in the fourth quarter during the streak. McCarthy was runner-up in Coach of the Year voting by The Associated Press and saw seven of his players earn Pro Bowl nods following the 2011 campaign, the most the Packers had voted to the all-star game since 1967.
McCarthy guided the Packers to a 10-6 campaign in 2010, highlighted by seven wins in the final 10 games. What made Green Bay’s championship season even more impressive was the adversity the team faced due to injuries. The Packers finished the year with 15 players on injured reserve, and eight of them had started at least one game during the season. Six starters from the opening-day depth chart sustained season-ending injuries in the first seven games. The Packers became just the third 10-6 team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl, and their six losses on the season came by a combined 20 points. Green Bay never lost a game by more than four points and never trailed by more than seven points at any point in a game all season. The Packers became the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to never trail by more than seven points at any point during the regular season, and became the first championship-winning franchise to do so since the 1942 Washington Redskins. It was a shining example of the steady, consistent approach that McCarthy has taken in leading the Packers throughout his tenure, one that culminated with the organization’s fourth Super Bowl title and 13th world championship.
INNOVATOR OF OFFENSE
Ingenuity and evolution have been at the core of McCarthy’s offensive philosophy since the day he was hired and the proof has been in the production over the past 12 years. The Packers perennially have been one of the league’s highest-scoring teams under McCarthy, averaging the third-most points per game (26.1) since 2006. Additionally, Green Bay’s 242 total giveaways from 2006-17 were the second fewest in the league.
In 2014, Green Bay set a franchise record for fewest giveaways in a season with 13, while ranking tied for first in the NFL. The six best giveaway seasons in franchise history have come under McCarthy (13 in ’14, 14 in ’11, 16 in ’09 and ’12, 17 in ’15 and ’16).
Nine of the 12 Green Bay teams led by McCarthy have ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in total yardage – checking in at ninth in 2006, second in ’07, eighth in ’08, sixth in ’09, ninth in ’10, third in ’11, third in ’13, sixth in ’14 and eighth in ’16. Additionally, seven of the franchise’s top 10 single-season yardage totals have occurred during McCarthy’s tenure. In 2008-09, the Packers became the first team in NFL history to produce a 4,000-yard passer (Rodgers), two 1,000-yard receivers (Greg Jennings, Donald Driver), and a 1,200-yard rusher (Ryan Grant) in back-to-back seasons.
The Packers also finished in the top 10 in the NFL in total points for eight consecutive seasons (2007-14) and in nine of McCarthy’s 12 seasons, highlighted by a franchise-record 560 points in 2011. The franchise mark also ranks as the third-highest point total in NFL history behind only the 606 points posted by the Denver Broncos in 2013 and the 589 points recorded by the New England Patriots in 2007. The ’14 Packers registered 486 total points, the second most in franchise history, and the top three single-season point totals (461 in 2009) have all come under the direction of McCarthy.
McCarthy’s offense in 2011 will also be remembered as one of the best in NFL history. In addition to setting a new franchise single-season record for points, the team set new single-season marks for touchdowns (70), total net yards (6,482) and net passing yards (4,924). The 70 TDs are also tied with the 1984 Miami Dolphins for the third-most TDs in a season in NFL history behind only the 2013 Broncos (76) and 2007 Patriots (75). Green Bay outscored its opponents 560-359 in 2011, a 201-point differential that ranked No. 2 in the NFL (New Orleans, plus-208).
Along with helping develop quarterback Aaron Rodgers into a two-time NFL MVP, McCarthy and his offense have produced five Pro Bowl receivers in Davante Adams (2017), Jordy Nelson (2014), Randall Cobb (2014), Greg Jennings (2010-11) and Donald Driver (2006, 2010). Adams’ 22 receiving TDs since 2016 are the most in the NFL over that span, while his 237 receptions from 2014-17 are the fourth-most in franchise history by a player in his first four seasons.
McCarthy set a new vision for the Packers’ defense on Jan. 24, 2018, with the hiring of Mike Pettine as his new defensive coordinator. Pettine, the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns (2014-15), inherits a defense that returns several up-and-coming prospects, including LB Blake Martinez and DT Kenny Clark.
Linebacker Clay Matthews led the Packers in sacks (7½) for a franchise-record seventh time last season (2009-14, 2017). With 80 career sacks, Matthews also moved past DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (74½) to reset the team record.
Mike Daniels became only the fifth Packers defensive tackle to be selected to the Pro Bowl after leading Green Bay’s defensive line with five sacks in 2017, and finished tied for second on the team in tackles for a loss (11).
Prior to Pettine’s arrival, McCarthy enjoyed a prolific run with defensive coordinator Dom Capers. The defense improved from 20th in total yards allowed to second in their first year together in 2009. Green Bay also jumped from 26th in run defense to first in the NFL, making it the first Packers defense to lead the league against the run as the team set a franchise record by allowing just 83.3 yards rushing per contest. The defense also led the NFL in interceptions (30) and total takeaways (40) in ’09. Matthews was selected to the first of his six Pro Bowls in 2009, while veteran cornerback Charles Woodson was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year after tying for the league lead with nine interceptions. The Packers followed up that performance by finishing second in NFL scoring defense (15.0 points per game) in 2010, the team’s best mark since leading the league in the category in 1996 (13.1). Green Bay was tied for No. 2 in the NFL with 47 sacks in ’10, its highest league ranking since sacks began to be recorded as a team statistic in 1963. The 2009 and 2010 seasons marked the first time Green Bay finished in the top five in NFL total defense in back-to-back seasons since 1968-69.
Relentless pressure and takeaways have been the hallmarks of the Packers’ defense throughout McCarthy’s 12 seasons as head coach. The Packers have finished in the top 10 in the NFL in sacks on six occasions since 2009, while their 365 combined sacks during that stretch are the fifth most in the NFL. Green Bay also is tied for fourth in the NFL with 251 takeaways since 2009, which has helped propel the Packers to an 86-14-1 regular-season record (.856) when holding the advantage in turnover ratio during McCarthy’s tenure.
McCarthy brought the Packers to the brink of the Super Bowl in just two years. Coming off an 8-8 rookie season that ended with a momentum-building, four-game winning streak, McCarthy led the Packers to a 13-3 mark in 2007 that was groundbreaking in many respects. The Packers tied the then-franchise record for victories in the regular season and won the club’s first NFC North Division title since 2004. They also captured a bye in the playoffs and advanced to the conference championship game for the first time in a decade. It all earned McCarthy 2007 NFL Coach of the Year awards from Motorola and NFL Alumni, and he also was runner-up in Coach of the Year voting from AP. The championship he had set as the goal was within reach, as the Packers hosted the N.Y. Giants in the NFC title game on a frigid January day at Lambeau Field. The hard-fought, 23-20 overtime defeat was an opportunity missed, but one McCarthy vowed his team would learn from.
Green Bay went 13-3 and secured the team’s first playoff bye since 1997, and McCarthy tied Mike Sherman for the most wins by a Green Bay coach in his first two seasons with 21. Behind Brett Favre’s superb final year in Green Bay, the Packers finished with the league’s No. 2-ranked offense, their highest ranking since 1983. They also compiled season totals in points (435) and net yards (5,931) that rank sixth and seventh, respectively, on the franchise’s all-time list.
The postseason began in startling fashion, with Grant fumbling twice in the first minute of the game to set up two Seattle scores for a 14-0 Seahawks lead in the NFC Divisional playoff. Drawing on a steadfastness that served the team well during some rough spots the previous year, McCarthy and the Packers never panicked and rallied for a dominant 42-20 victory in the snowy “winter wonderland” of Lambeau Field. In advancing to the NFC Championship Game, McCarthy became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a title game in his second season at the helm. Though the quest for that championship came up short, McCarthy had returned the Packers to playoff prominence just two years after the 4-12 season that preceded his arrival.
A LEADER OF QUARTERBACKS
In his first two seasons as head coach, McCarthy simultaneously oversaw a renaissance in Favre’s career and the development of Rodgers as the quarterback of the future. Charged with learning McCarthy’s version of the West Coast offense and given more latitude in making decisions at the line of scrimmage, Favre concluded his brilliant Green Bay career with a 95.7 passer rating in 2007, his best in 11 years and fourth best in his career, while completing a then-career-high 66.5 percent of his passes. Buying into McCarthy’s aggressive but controlled approach, Favre’s interceptions dropped from 29 in 2005 to 18 in 2006 to 15 in 2007. He finished second in the voting for what then would have been an unprecedented fourth NFL MVP award, and he subsequently passed the torch to Rodgers, his understudy for his final three years in Green Bay and McCarthy’s prime pupil for the last eight seasons.
Since taking over as the starter in ’08, Rodgers has developed into one the greatest quarterbacks in league history. Rodgers has topped 4,000 yards passing six times (2008-09, 2011-12, 2014, 2016), which in ’08, combined with Favre’s total in ’07, marked the first time in league history a team had two different quarterbacks throw for 4,000 yards in consecutive years. In the process, Rodgers also became the first quarterback in league history to surpass the 4,000-yard plateau in each of his first two seasons as a starter. In total, McCarthy has been on the coaching staff for eight of the 13 (1999, 2007-09, 2011-12, 2014, 2016) 4,000-yard passing seasons in franchise history.
Rodgers posted 21,332 passing yards from 2008-12 to set an NFL record for the most passing yards by a QB in his first five seasons as a starter, surpassing the previous mark held by Peyton Manning (20,618, 1998-2002). His career passer rating of 103.8 ranks No. 1 in NFL history, and he is the only QB in league history to post a 100-plus passer rating in six consecutive seasons (2009-14). Additionally, his 1.6 career interception percentage is tops in NFL history.
Rodgers led the NFL with 13 TD passes in the first five weeks of the 2017 season prior to sustaining a collarbone injury in Week 6 against Minnesota that landed him on injured reserve. Rodgers would play in only one more game (Week 15 at Carolina) for the rest of the season. Before the injury, however, Rodgers helped orchestrate comeback wins from 14-plus points down in Weeks 3 and 5 (vs. Cincinnati and at Dallas). The Packers also came back from 14 points down behind backup quarterback Brett Hundley in Week 14 at Cleveland, marking the first time in team history that Green Bay recorded three comeback wins from 14-plus points down in a single season.
The 2016 season saw Rodgers become the first Green Bay quarterback to lead the NFL in TD passes (40) since Favre in 2003, his franchise-record fourth season (2011-12, 2014, 2016) with 35-plus TD passes (Favre, three, 1995-97). In the process, Rodgers also became just the fourth QB in NFL history to record two seasons (also 2011) with 40-plus TD passes (Dan Marino, Manning, Drew Brees). Rodgers also threw for 4,428 yards, the sixth 4,000-yard passing season of his career, setting the franchise record as he surpassed Favre’s mark of five 4,000-yard seasons. Furthermore, he set the single-season franchise record for completions in 2016 with 401, surpassing Favre’s mark of 372 in 2005. Most impressively, Rodgers only threw seven interceptions in 2016, marking his sixth season with 500-plus attempts/eight or fewer INTs, the most in NFL history (Tom Brady, four; Alex Smith, two; nine others with one).
After missing seven games in 2013 due to a collarbone injury, Rodgers was again at his best in 2014 as he captured his second NFL MVP award under McCarthy. Rodgers extended his NFL record by finishing the regular season with a passer rating above 100.0 for the sixth season in a row, with his 112.2 rating ranking as the second-best mark in a season in team history, trailing only his own rating of 122.5 in 2011. He once again finished the season among the league leaders in several categories, ranking second in passer rating, third in passing touchdowns (38) and first in TD/INT ratio (7.6).
McCarthy’s work with the quarterbacks in 2013 was perhaps his best. Despite losing Rodgers for seven games due to a collarbone injury, McCarthy still found a way to guide the Packers to their third straight NFC North title. In the process, it marked the first time a division winner had four different QBs (Rodgers, Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien, Matt Flynn) start at least one game in a season since the 1987 Chicago Bears, and just the fourth time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Rodgers was at the top of his game in his nine contests in ’13, finishing among the league leaders in several categories as he ranked No. 5 in passer rating (104.9), No. 2 in yards per attempt (8.74), No. 5 in completion percentage (66.6) and No. 3 in yards per completion (13.14).
In 2011, Rodgers and McCarthy teamed up to author one of the greatest offensive seasons in NFL history, highlighted by the former Cal standout’s 122.5 passer rating that set an NFL single-season record. He finished the season connecting on 343 of 502 passes (68.3 percent) for 4,643 yards and a career-high 45 TDs with six INTs on his way to earning league MVP honors. His 45 TD passes obliterated the franchise single-season record (Favre, 39 in 1996) and is the sixth-highest total in NFL annals, while his 4,643 passing yards also set a new franchise record. He is the only 4,000-yard passer in NFL history to throw six or fewer INTs in that season, having done it twice.
Rodgers has also enjoyed success in the postseason under McCarthy, setting an NFL record with 10 passing TDs in his first three postseason starts. Rodgers also became only the fourth signal-caller to throw for 300 yards and three TDs with no INTs in a Super Bowl on his way to earning game MVP honors for Super Bowl XLV.
THE RIGHT FIT
With a personality to match his blue-collar hometown, McCarthy landed his first NFL head-coaching job in his kind of place. A Pittsburgh native, McCarthy was named the 14th head coach of the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 12, 2006, the only step left to take after 13 years as an NFL assistant. But while he previously had traveled through NFL cities such as Kansas City, New Orleans and San Francisco, it may be Green Bay that most resembles his native Pittsburgh. And if there was one word used to describe McCarthy’s hiring in his first days with the Packers, it was that he was the right “fit,” both for a town and a team looking to turn around a disappointing 4-12 season in 2005.
The way McCarthy fits Green Bay, however, goes beyond the toughness in his personality, down-to-earth demeanor, and pride in his upbringing. He not only spent one of those 13 previous years in the NFL with Green Bay, but he took over the Packers already well-versed in the West Coast offense, with a reputation for developing offensive talent, particularly at the quarterback position.
McCarthy is known for taking a hands-on teaching approach with young players and is well-respected around the league, in part because he called plays for six seasons as an offensive coordinator before becoming a head coach. Plus, he has tutored an impressive roster of NFL quarterbacks. While two of the biggest names he has worked with, Favre in Green Bay and Joe Montana in Kansas City, were at or beyond their peak years at the time, McCarthy has played at least a part in the development of signal callers Aaron Brooks, Jake Delhomme, Matt Hasselbeck, Flynn, Marc Bulger, Rich Gannon and Elvis Grbac. The entire stable of quarterbacks that McCarthy has worked with, which also includes Jeff Blake, Steve Bono and Dave Krieg, has combined for 41 career Pro Bowl selections, 10 Super Bowl starts and eight Most Valuable Player awards.
General Manager Ted Thompson heavily weighed McCarthy’s track record with quarterbacks when he hired him the following year, knowing that since the post-Favre era was inevitable, the right tutelage at the game’s most important position would be key to a smooth and successful transition.
PAYING HIS DUES
Much like those players he worked with who rose to prominence, McCarthy paid plenty of dues along the way to his first head-coaching job. He learned a disciplined and no-nonsense approach to life at an early age. His father, Joe, was a longtime firefighter and police officer who also owned a bar near a Pittsburgh steel mill. McCarthy worked odd jobs at the bar as a teen. It was interacting with the hard-working tavern clientele while also watching a father in uniform dedicated to public service that helped make McCarthy proud of where he came from.
After his playing career as a tight end at Baker University (Kan.) ended, his 32-year coaching career began as a linebackers coach at Fort Hays State (Kan.) in 1987. He cracked the Division I ranks two years later as a volunteer assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. It was there he displayed the will and determination to make it in the coaching profession, working unpaid on the football field by day and collecting tolls along the Pennsylvania Turnpike during the graveyard shift to make ends meet. He soon moved into a paid position at Pitt assisting with the quarterbacks, and then coaching the wide receivers, before Panthers head coach Paul Hackett recommended him to the Kansas City Chiefs when they hired Hackett as offensive coordinator in 1993. McCarthy joined Hackett on the Chiefs’ staff as a quality-control assistant. McCarthy considers Hackett the biggest influence in his coaching career, having learned the West Coast offense from him and then installing it himself as offensive coordinator in New Orleans. It was under Hackett’s wing that McCarthy developed the attention to detail, scouting and game-planning skills that would help him move up the NFL ranks.
The third-youngest head coach in the NFL when he was hired at age 42 (the Saints’ Sean Payton was seven weeks younger and the Jets’ Eric Mangini was 35), McCarthy took over a team coming off its first losing season since 1991, before Favre arrived as quarterback. Thompson made it clear when he hired McCarthy he wasn’t looking for just an X’s and O’s guy. He was looking for someone who would impress him with a variety of qualities, including leadership ability, toughness, football knowledge and an awareness of the Green Bay organization and the team’s unique place within the NFL and the local community. McCarthy fit the bill. In his introductory news conference, he spoke of how taking over the Packers was like buying his “dream house,” with the foundation, tradition and resources to help him make the team a championship contender once again. McCarthy emphasized he didn’t feel the Packers were in a rebuilding mode at all, but there was work to be done right away. He wasted no time constructing the environment he wanted for his team, installing an offseason workout program that saw a then-record attendance, which spoke volumes about the level of respect he quickly commanded as a head coach.
CAREER AS NFL ASSISTANT
McCarthy broke into the NFL as a quality-control assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. It was then he worked with Montana before moving up to quarterbacks coach from 1995-98, working with starters Gannon, Grbac and Bono. The trio’s total of 52 interceptions marked the lowest total in the AFC over that four-year span. After working with McCarthy from 1995-98, Gannon went on to earn all four of his Pro Bowl selections, the 2002 league MVP award and a start in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Raiders. Gannon credits McCarthy with helping him take the quarterback’s game to a higher level.
“He’s the guy that really helped catapult my career,” Gannon said. “He was the guy who really taught me the West Coast system of football. He really taught me how to prepare for a game, taught me how to watch film, how to break down an opponent, how to study. It was really those things I took with me to Oakland. There was never a doubt in my mind he’d be a head coach. He’s a great play-caller, great working with the quarterbacks. He’s a tough guy, a guy willing to do the work, and he’s a leader.”
When Gannon left the Chiefs for Oakland in 1999, McCarthy departed Kansas City to become Green Bay’s quarterbacks coach. That year, the Packers ranked No. 7 in the NFL in passing and No. 9 in total offense. Favre threw for 4,091 yards, the third-highest total in his career at that point.
The following year, McCarthy began a successful five-year stint as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. It became the most prolific offensive era to that point in the team’s four decades, as the Saints set 10 offensive team records and 25 individual marks. Among the more notable accomplishments, the Saints led the NFC with 432 points and 49 touchdowns in 2002, both team records at the time. In his first season in 2000, McCarthy was named NFC Assistant Coach of the Year by USA Today. In 2005, McCarthy served as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers.
COLLEGE COACHING & PLAYING CAREER
McCarthy began his six-year collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Fort Hays State in Hays, Kan., in 1987, just after completing his playing career at nearby Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. At Baker, McCarthy earned a degree in business administration and was an all-conference tight end and senior captain in 1986, helping lead the Wildcats to an NAIA Division II national runner-up finish. He was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in October 2007.
At Fort Hays State under head coach John Vincent, McCarthy coached linebackers for two years while earning a master’s degree in sports administration.
The return to his hometown came in 1989 under Pittsburgh head coach Mike Gottfried, now an ESPN college football analyst, followed by three years under Hackett with the Panthers. As quarterbacks coach, McCarthy worked with Alex Van Pelt as he topped the school’s career and single-season records for passing yards, established by Marino.
Born Michael John McCarthy on Nov. 10, 1963, in Pittsburgh, he grew up one of five children in the Irish-Catholic family of father Joe and mother Ellen in Greenfield, a Pittsburgh neighborhood just a couple of miles from downtown. He graduated from Bishop Boyle High School in Homestead, Pa.
McCarthy’s family includes wife Jessica and their five children.
Since returning to Green Bay in 2006, McCarthy has immersed himself in the local community and beyond through charitable donations and participation in numerous philanthropic events. His local-event participation included his nine-year involvement in the Mike McCarthy Cystic Fibrosis Celebrity Golf Open. The golf outing, which was hosted by the Packers head coach, benefited local and statewide cystic fibrosis organizations. The tournament was originally started by Lindy Infante.
Perhaps closest to his heart is the Mike & Jessica McCarthy Golf Invitational. Established in June 2010, the tournament benefits the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wis. The event has raised funds that have helped the hospital expand with two new floors, a neonatal intensive-care unit and additional pediatric beds. Coach McCarthy and his family are committed to further developing and improving resources and facilities at the hospital to meet the needs of sick children.
Including projected contributions in 2018, the McCarthy Family Foundation has made donations to benefit numerous charities, projects and institutions during his 12-plus seasons as head coach. McCarthy established the foundation with the intent of fostering a long-term philanthropic commitment by his family beyond his NFL career. Beneficiaries have included organizations throughout Wisconsin, Kansas and his hometown of Pittsburgh. Some of the organizations that have benefited from the foundation, or from McCarthy personally, include: Aquinas Academy, Autism Society of Northwest Wisconsin, Baker University, Cure Autism Now Foundation, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation (GB Police Foundation), Green Bay Boys and Girls Club, Greensburg Central Catholic, Greenfield Baseball Association, Greenfield Organization, Jackie Nitschke Center, Lake Travis High School, Little Sisters of the Poor, Merging Vets and Players, Notre Dame School of De Pere, Rampy MS Research Foundation, Rawhide, Seven Loaves Project, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, St. Rosalia Academy, Team Gleason, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer and the American Red Cross.