When you visit with North Texas Head Coach Dan McCarney you understand quickly that he is a man on a mission. We were warmly greeted with a big bear handshake and smile, and he immediately made us feel at home in his neatly kept office. He's on his feet a lot; you don't see him sitting down much. After providing cold drinks and getting us settled he immediately starts moving, be it taking a phone call from a coach, discussing issues with an assistant coach, outlining a communication with his assistant Mary Hardin or shooting off some rapid fire emails. The man is in perpetual motion.
As we set up our recording equipment for the interview it is hard not to notice the panorama of a beautiful 80 million dollar football facility through the full glass window facing north. It's a mixture of impressive and surreal. "You guys need anything at all just let me know!" he offers as he paces out his door to answer a question from his assistant.
As we sit down to start the interview, the last thing we are worried about is the sound volume. Coach McCarney has a booming voice that demands attention but also a sincerity that only comes from one who truly has passion and believes in what they are doing. Instead of talking about himself he focuses on his outstanding staff. He makes a point to thank the UNT Administration (Dr. Rawlins) as well as AD Rick Villarreal and his entire staff before he says a word about himself. He doesn't sugarcoat things and yet he cares. In the end, as an alumni/fan you come away feeling like this program is in really good, good hands with him at the helm.
We would like to sincerely thank Coach Dan McCarney, Mary Hardin and Senior Associate Athletic Director Eric Capper for helping us to make this interview happen. GO MEAN GREEN!