The modification of a person’s situation, environment, or physical/mental condition can cause many to be afraid. However, change is good. Change allows us to be flexible, to grow in knowledge, and remember that anything is possible. Dell McGee is one that believes in these principles.
McGee started his sports career as a running back for Kendrick High School. His talents didn’t go unnoticed by coach Pat Dye of Auburn University. However, it will require him to convert to defensive back (DB). In making this change, it allowed McGee to be a part of history his sophomore year. In 1993, under first year head coach Terry Bowdon, Auburn was the only undefeated team in the nation. Due to probation, they were not allowed post-season play. After college, McGee was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of 1996 draft. He played DB for them two years and one year with the Detroit Lions. His professional football career included playing in Europe, the Arena Football League, and the XFL. Acquiring knowledge of the game allowed McGee to transition to coaching after his playing career was done.
In 2005, McGee became the head coach of the Carver Tigers. It was a tough 3-7 year. The next year saw vast improvement as the Tigers went 12-2 and lost in the semifinals. The 2007 year would be the most memorable. McGee led the Tigers to an undefeated season and a state title. In his eight years as head coach, the Tigers were 88-19 along with six region championships. One would think that he would still be coaching at Carver. However, McGee had bigger aspirations of change. He went back to his alma mater of Auburn to serve as an analyst in 2013. In that season, Auburn lost by 3 points in the championship game to Florida State. He wanted to be back on the sidelines as a coach, so he accepted the job as running back coach for the Georgia Southern Eagles. Yes, another change.
Since joining the Eagles, McGee has helped the Eagles become the best rushing team in football the last two years. This year he was also named assistant head coach. When head coach Willie Fritz accepted the new job at Tulane University, it meant that someone would have to coach the Eagles first ever bowl game. McGee was just the man for the job. As interim coach, he led the team to a 58-27 win over Bowling Green in the GoDaddy Bowl. They rushed for 452 yards, which was better than their nation leading average of 355 yards a game. McGee has decided that change is still good, because he will join Fritz in Tulane as assistant head coach and running back coach. It’s just a matter of time before there is a change to Head Coach Dell McGee.