Tim McGarigle (pronounced mac-GARGLE) begins his first season as the Packers’ defensive quality control coach after spending 2016 as the linebackers coach at the University of Illinois.
McGarigle was named to his position on Feb. 27, 2017, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy. His responsibilities include analyzing opponent game film to identify playbook development and offensive tendencies, as well as compiling team and player reports and coordinating scout teams that the starting defense faces at practice.
At Illinois, McGarigle coached linebackers Hardy Nickerson and Tre Watson, who both earned All-Big Ten honorable mention after each posted 100-plus tackles in 2016. Watson’s 93 tackles in conference games were tied for the most in the Big Ten. In all, the linebacker corps for the Fighting Illini totaled 264 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Prior to Illinois, McGarigle spent four seasons (2012-15) at Western Michigan. He coached linebackers all four years, but added responsibilities as the defensive run game coordinator from 2014-15. McGarigle helped improve the Broncos’ rushing defense by more than 60 yards per game after just one season as the linebackers coach.
McGarigle began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Northwestern, in 2011. He served as a defensive quality control assistant while studying for a master’s degree in sports administration. McGarigle helped Northwestern improve in rushing, total and scoring defense en route to reaching its fourth straight bowl game.
Before diving into coaching, McGarigle played two seasons (2009-10) in the United Football League, helping the Florida Tuskers win 11 of 14 regular-season games and appear in the championship game both of those seasons. The 2009 season saw McGarigle post 34 tackles, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery en route to an undefeated regular season before falling to the Las Vegas Locomotives in the championship.
McGarigle was drafted by St. Louis in the seventh round (221st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. After spending the 2006 season on the Rams’ practice squad, he played in 12 games in 2007, primarily on special teams. McGarigle was selected as the team’s Iron Man Award winner after the season for his dedication and achievements during team workouts.
As a player at Northwestern, he had 545 career tackles, the most in school history and an FBS record (since 2000, when NCAA tackle records began). As a senior in 2005, McGarigle posted 156 tackles and was named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Dick Butkus Award. He totaled three consecutive 140-plus-tackle seasons after posting 98 in his freshman season (2002). McGarigle majored in communications studies at Northwestern.
McGarigle attended St. Patrick High School in Chicago and was named to the Shamrock Hall of Fame in 2008. He totaled 107 tackles and 3½ sacks as a senior in 2001 as the Catholic Metropolitan Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the Catholic all-state and all-area teams by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Champaign News. McGarigle and his wife, Charlotte, live in De Pere with their two daughters, Claire, 3, and Catherine, 2.