|Born||July 28, 1953|
Iowa City, Iowa
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2007||South Florida (AHC/DL)|
|Head coaching record|
Patrick Daniel McCarney (born July 28, 1953) is a former American football coach.
McCarney was an offensive lineman at the University of Iowa from 1972 to 1974 and was named team captain in 1974. He returned to Iowa as a graduate assistant from 1977 to 1978 under Bob Commings. When Hayden Fry arrived at Iowa in 1979, he named McCarney as defensive line coach, a post he held for 10 years--during which Iowa made two appearances in the Rose Bowl. He served as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison under Barry Alvarez from 1990 to 1994.
He served as head coach at Iowa State University from 1995 to 2006. During that span, McCarney led the Cyclones to five bowl games, more than any other Iowa State coach in history. The Cyclones had been to only three bowl games in their entire history before his arrival. In their first bowl appearance under McCarney, the 2000 Insight.com Bowl, the Cyclones notched their first bowl win in school history. His 56 wins and 85 losses are both school records.
In February 2007, McCarney accepted a position as the defensive line coach and assistant head coach at the University of South Florida. The next year, he accepted the same position at the University of Florida. He coached the defensive line at Florida for two years. During his tenure, the Gators produced NFL draft picks Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham. In November 2010, McCarney was offered and accepted the position of head coach at the University of North Texas.
At North Texas, McCarney inherited a team that had endured six consecutive losing seasons, and had not won more than three games in any of those seasons. He won five games his first season, and four the next season; then, in 2013, led the Eagles to their first winning season since 2004.
Following the 2013 season, McCarney led the Mean Green to its third bowl win, posting a 36-14 win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
McCarney was unable to duplicate his 2013 success in 2014, as the North Texas football team posted a 4-8 record. In October of 2015, following a loss to Portland State University, McCarney was fired. The loss had dropped the Mean Green to an 0-5 record to open the 2015 season.
Despite having an overall losing record at UNT, McCarney managed some highlights in addition to the school's third of three all-time bowl wins. In 2011, he led the Mean Green to its first win over a Big Ten opponent with a 24-21 victory against Indiana. The win was also the school's first at their new stadium, Apogee Stadium, which had opened that year.
The 2011 team set a record for home attendance, drawing 113,186 fans to six games.
His 2013 bowl winning team's nine wins were the most since 2004. To that point, it was only the fifth nine win seasons in North Texas football history. The other nine win seasons occurred in 2004, 1978, 1977, and 1959. As North Texas State University, the Eagles had their only 10 win season in 1947.
In 2014, McCarney led North Texas to the most lopsided win in the school's history versus Metroplex rival SMU, 43-6.  To that point, the win was only the fifth by North Texas versus SMU against 28 losses and a tie.
Head coaching record
|Iowa State Cyclones (Big Eight Conference) (1995)|
|Iowa State Cyclones (Big 12 Conference) (1996–2006)|
|1996||Iowa State||2–9||1–7||6th (North)|
|1997||Iowa State||1–10||1���7||6th (North)|
|1998||Iowa State||3–8||1–7||T–5th (North)|
|1999||Iowa State||4–7||1–7||T–5th (North)|
|2000||Iowa State||9–3||5–3||3rd (North)||W Insight.com||23||25|
|2001||Iowa State||7–5||4–4||3rd (North)||L Independence|
|2002||Iowa State||7–7||4–4||3rd (North)||L Humanitarian|
|2003||Iowa State||2–10||0–8||6th (North)|
|2004||Iowa State||7–5||4–4||T–1st (North)||W Independence|
|2005||Iowa State||7–5||4–4||T–2nd (North)||L Houston|
|2006||Iowa State||4–8||1–7||6th (North)|
|North Texas Mean Green (Sun Belt Conference) (2011–2012)|
|North Texas Mean Green (Conference USA) (2013–2015)|
|2013||North Texas||9–4||6–2||T–2nd (West)||W Heart of Dallas|
|2014||North Texas||4–8||2–6||5th (West)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
- "espn.com". McCarney's resignation effective at season's end. Retrieved November 8, 2006.
- "dmregister.com". Hayden Fry: McCarney will do a great job at North Texas. Retrieved December 1, 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "espn.com". Former Iowa State Coach joins South Florida staff. Retrieved February 6, 2007.
- Florida assistant Dan McCarney accepts North Texas head job Archived December 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Palm Beach Post, November 28, 2010.
- Evans, Thayer (October 10, 2015). "North Texas fires head coach Dan McCarney after 0–5 start". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 10, 2015.