George McCarty

George McCarty (1915-2011)

Teams coached: New Mexico A&M Aggies, Texas Western Miners
New Mexico A&M record: 62-55 (.530)
Texas Western record: 75-58 (.564)
Overall record: 140-113 (.553)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1952)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Border Regular Season Champion:  3  (1952, 1957, 1959)
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1950, 1951, 1952)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1953-1959 Texas Western
1949-1953 New Mexico A&M

George McCarty Facts

  • George McCarty
  • Born October 15, 1915
  • Died November 30, 2011
  • Alma Mater: New Mexico A&M College (BA)
  • Played football at New Mexico A&M for one year before getting drafted into the US Army during World War II
    • Served in the Army as a pilot (and later flight instructor) until 1946, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel
  • First coaching job was at his alma mater New Mexico A&M, leading the Aggies for four seasons
    • Leading the program in transition from NAIA to NCAA competition, McCarty went to the NAIA Tournament three times
    • Also went to the NCAA Tournament in 1952, following a 22-11 season in which the Aggies won the Border Conference
  • Left for Texas Western (now UTEP) in 1953, coaching the Miners for the next six seasons
    • Went 75-58 overall, finishing above .500 in all but his first season and winning two more Border titles (1957 & 1959)
  • Stepped away from coaching to become the athletic director at the school in 1959, staying there until 1973
    • Was the AD that hired Don Haskins, who would coach the Miners for 38 years and win a National Championship in 1966
    • The Haskins’ title was historic for the Miners’ all-African American starting lineup, it was McCarty who first integrated the program
  • McCarty left UTEP to become the athletic director at Wyoming, serving in that capacity until retirement in 1980

George McCarty Coaching Tree

  • Lou Henson (New Mexico State, Illinois, Hardin-Simmons)


^ overall record includes seasons at both the NCAA Division I and NAIA levels; New Mexico A&M competed in the NAIA when McCarty first arrived