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Baker to honor Packers’ coach McCarthy on Saturday

October 18, 2007

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— No former Baker University football player has ascended to the heights of Mike McCarthy.

On Saturday, BU will induct McCarthy, a former tight end for the Wildcats and now coach of the Green Bay Packers, into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be at 1:45 p.m. at the Collins House on the west edge of Baker's campus. McCarthy also will be honored at halftime of the Wildcats' 6 p.m. football game against Central Methodist.

McCarthy has guided the Packers to a 5-1 record and an overall record of 13-9 since becoming their coach in 2006.

"To have a Baker University's athletic alumnus make it to the pinnacle of coaching as a head coach of an NFL team is just unimaginable," said Baker athletic director Dan Harris, an assistant football coach for the Wildcats in the mid-1980s when McCarthy played at Baker.

A 1987 Baker graduate, McCarthy is a native of Pittsburgh who played for the Wildcats during the 1985 and 1986 seasons after attending Salem (W. Va.) College and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College.

He was a tight end and team captain during Baker's run to the NAIA title game in 1986.

After graduating from Baker with a business administration degree, McCarthy began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coaching linebackers at Fort Hays State.

He was an assistant coach at Pittsburgh University from 1989 to 1992 before launching his coaching career in the NFL.

Current Baker head coach Mike Grossner played with McCarthy at Scottsdale CC in 1984 and served as a graduate assistant with him at Fort Hays State.

"Mike made himself a great coach," Grossner said. "He worked hard at recruiting and coaching and took the necessary steps to get where he is today."

McCarthy becomes the 103rd member of Baker Hall of Fame, which was begun in 1977.

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