Rod Carey

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Rod Carey
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceThe American
Biographical details
Born (1971-07-24) July 24, 1971 (age 48)
Madison, Wisconsin
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1997Wayzata HS (MN) (assistant)
1998–1999Minnesota (GA)
2000–2003Wisconsin–Stout (co-OC/OL)
2004–2006Wisconsin–Stout (OC/OL)
2007Illinois State (OL)
2008–2010North Dakota (OL)
2011Northern Illinois (OL)
2012Northern Illinois (OC/OL)
2012–2018Northern Illinois
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
4 MAC West Division (2013–2015, 2018)
2 MAC (2014, 2018)
MAC Coach of the Year (2013)

Roderick Charles Carey (born July 24, 1971) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at Temple. Carey was formerly the head coach at Northern Illinois University from 2012 to 2018.[1]

Early years[edit]

Rod Carey was born in Madison, Wisconsin and played collegiately as a center at Indiana from 1989–93.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching stops[edit]

Immediately following his playing career, Carey coached at Minnesota, Wisconsin-Stout, Illinois State and North Dakota State.

Northern Illinois[edit]

Arriving at Northern Illinois University in 2008, Carey coached the offensive line for the Huskies until 2012, when he became the offensive coordinator of the team for the 2012 season. After orchestrating an offense that was No. 13 in the nation at 38.6 points per game,[3] Carey replaced Dave Doeren after Doeren left to take the head coaching job at North Carolina State prior to the 2013 Orange Bowl.[4]

Over the next six seasons, Carey would go 52–30 at the helm of the Huskies and won two Mid-American Conference championships and four MAC West Division titles. Carey also defeated four Big Ten Conference opponents during his tenure. He left the program in 2018 to become the new head coach for Temple Owls. [5]


On January 10, 2019, it was announced that Carey would replace Manny Diaz as the head coach at Temple.[6]

NFL players coached[edit]

Throughout his time as a head coach, Carey has coached a number of future NFL players. This list is limited to players that were either drafted in the NFL Draft or appeared in a regular season NFL game.[7]

Northern Illinois[edit]

Draft Year Player Name Position Round Pick Team
2013 Rashaan Melvin DB N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
2014 Jimmie Ward DB 1st 30th overall San Francisco 49ers
2014 Ken Bishop DT 7th 251st overall Dallas Cowboys
2015 Da'Ron Brown WR 7th 233rd overall Kansas City Chiefs
2016 Tommylee Lewis WR N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with New Orleans Saints)
2017 Kenny Golladay WR 3rd 96th overall Detroit Lions
2018 Chad Beebe WR N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with Minnesota Vikings)
2019 Max Scharping OL 2nd 55th overall Houston Texans
2019 Sutton Smith DE 6th 175th overall Pittsburgh Steelers

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Northern Illinois Huskies (Mid-American Conference) (2012–2018)
2012 Northern Illinois 0–1[n 1] L Orange 24 22
2013 Northern Illinois 12–2 8–0 1st (West) L Poinsettia
2014 Northern Illinois 11–3 7–1 T–1st (West) L Boca Raton
2015 Northern Illinois 8–6 6–2 T–1st (West) L Poinsettia
2016 Northern Illinois 5–7 5–3 3rd (West)
2017 Northern Illinois 8–5 6–2 T–2nd (West) L Quick Lane
2018 Northern Illinois 8–6 6–2 1st (West) L Boca Raton
Northern Illinois: 52–30 38–10
Temple Owls (American Athletic Conference) (2019–present)
2019 Temple 8–4 5–3 3rd (East) Military
Temple: 8–4 5–3
Total: 60–34
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ Dave Doeren resigned after the MAC Championship Game to become head coach at NC State. Carey was named head coach on December 2 and coached the team in the Orange Bowl.


  1. ^ Narducci, Marc (January 10, 2019). "Temple picks Northern Illinois' Rod Carey to be new football coach". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
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