John McNulty heads into his second year with the Chargers in 2017 as the team’s tight ends coach.
The results in McNulty’s first season in 2016 were outstanding. Veteran Antonio Gates tied the NFL record for career touchdowns by a tight end and the Chargers’ tight ends caught a combined 15 touchdown passes to lead the Leauge. Rookie Hunter Henry led the Bolts with eight touchdown catches, tied for most in the NFL by a tight end, and tied for second in the league among rookies. Henry’s 478 receiving yards also led all rookie tight ends.
A native of Scranton, Penn., McNulty is a former Penn State safety (1988-90) who played on two bowl teams while earning a degree in business management.
McNulty began his coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant at Michigan. He spent four seasons with the Wolverines (1991-94) before catching on at Connecticut from 1995-97. In 1998, he moved up to the NFL as a quality control coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars. McNulty spent five seasons in Jacksonville and in 2003, he spent a year as the wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He returned to the college ranks at Rutgers in 2004, serving in a variety of capacities for the Scarlet Knights, including offensive coordinator. Rutgers’ 2007 squad set school records for total offense, points and first downs, while the unit became the first in NCAA history to feature a 3,000-yard passer, a 2,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season.
McNulty returned to the NFL in 2009. He coached in Arizona from 2009-12, in Tampa Bay in 2013 and in Tennessee from 2014-15 before latching on with the Chargers. In Arizona, McNulty coached wide receivers for three seasons (2009-11) and quarterbacks for one (2012). Under McNulty’s guide, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was selected to three Pro Bowls, he was twice named All-Pro, and he led the NFL in touchdown receptions in 2010. In Tampa Bay, McNulty tutored quarterback Mike Glennon, an All-Rookie pick in 2013. In Tennessee, McNulty also coached quarterbacks. His star pupil in Nashville was rookie Marcus Mariota, the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Mariota earned All-Rookie honors under McNulty’s watch after finishing the season with the highest passer rating among rookies (91.5), earned after completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,818 yards with 19 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.
McNulty and wife, Kim, have four daughters: Abigail, Allison, Megan and Kaitlyn.