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One of the Chargers’ longest-tenured scouts, Tom McConnaughey will work his 20th season for the organization in 2017. He has spent 40 years working in football, including five as a player, 14 as a coach and 21 as a scout.
McConnaughey originally joined the Chargers in 1998 after working for National Football Scouting in 1997. He spent 1998-99 as the team’s combine scout before being promoted to Southwest area scout in 2000. McConnaughey scouted the southwest for eight years before being elevated to his current post, national scout, in 2008.
A native of Amarillo, Texas, McConnaughey played wide receiver at Spokane Falls Community College, the University of Oregon and Central Arkansas. He is enshrined in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and Spokane Community College Halls of Fame. He was an all-conference wide receiver at Spokane Falls and Central Arkansas.
McConnaughey signed with the New Orleans Saints in 1981 and the New York Jets in 1982 before landing with the USFL’s New Jersey Generals where he was a starting wide receiver during the 1983-84 seasons. He also signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1984 and Minnesota Vikings in 1985.
After his playing career concluded, McConnaughey spent 11 years as a science teacher and coach, including nine seasons as the head football coach at Federal Way (Wash.) High School. He also coached receivers for three seasons at Spokane CC and Central Arkansas.
McConnaughey’s wife, Sheri, is a recreation administrator for senior programs for the City of Tukwila (Wash.). Son, Donny, is a baseball coach in Federal Way, Wash., while daughter, Monica, is a graduate student and athletic department intern at the University of Louisville.