Kevin McGiven is in his second season with the Tigers, and assumed new duties heading into spring ball in 2011. McGiven will continue to guide the quarterbacks, and was named the assistant head coach for the offense.
In the role will call the plays on game day.
The Tiger offense transitions from a pro-style offense in 2010 to a spread offense in 2011.
As the Tigers' quarterbacks' coach in 2010, McGiven worked with both sophomore Cannon Smith and true freshman Ryan Williams to try and develop a consistent game plan. Williams became the starter in the third game of the season and put up respectable numbers in his first collegiate season. Williams completed nearly 60 percent of his pass attempts and tallied 2,075 yards and 13 touchdowns. In his first season, he ranks in the top-10 in U of M single season marks in yardage, pass percentage and touchdown passes.
McGiven has experience both as an offensive coordinator and as a quarterbacks coach on the collegiate level, holding full-time positions at Utah State, Weber State and Southern Utah. He spent the 2009 season on Gary Andersen's staff at Utah State, working with the quarterbacks and serving as the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.
This past season, Utah State ranked 35th nationally and fourth in the Western Athletic Conference in passing with an average of 247 yards per game. Utah State also improved from 89th nationally in total offense in 2008 to 14th in 2009, averaging 439 yards per game. McGiven was instrumental in quarterback Diondre Borel's success as he led the WAC and ranked 17th nationally in total offense. Borel, an All-WAC honoree, also ranked 37th nationally in pass efficiency and logged five games of 300 or more yards passing in 2009.
Prior to the 2009 campaign, McGiven was Weber State's offensive coordinator for three seasons, helping the Wildcats to a share of the Big Sky Conference title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs, where they lost at No. 5 Montana. Weber State finished the season with a 10-4 record, marking only the second time in school history that WSU had won 10 games in a single season.
Weber State improved from fifth in the Big Sky in 2007 in total offense to leading the league and ranking seventh in the FCS in 2008 with 455.4 yards per game. The McGiven-led Wildcat offense also led the conference and ranked 12th in the FCS in scoring offense at 35.1 points per game in 2008. McGiven's offense was also second in the conference and fifth in the FCS in passing offense (324.3 ypg) and fifth in the league and 70th in the nation in rushing offense (131.0 ypg).
Under McGiven, Weber State had seven players earn first team All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2008, part of a Big Sky Conference record 12 players on the first team overall. Quarterback Cameron Higgins was not only a first team selection but also the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Higgins was a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the top offensive player in FCS. Higgins led the Big Sky and ranked third in FCS in passing efficiency (166.26), as well as leading the league and ranking fourth in FCS in total offense (314.3 ypg).
In 2007, McGiven mentored Higgins into a season of accolades, including the 2007 Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year along with being an honorable mention All-Big Sky selection. Higgins ranked second in the league with a 143.20 passing efficiency rating.
In addition to Higgins' standout seasons, McGiven led Weber State's offense to additional notables, as running back Trevyn Smith, a unanimous first-team all-conference selection, led the Big Sky in rushing three-straight seasons.
McGiven joined the Weber State coaching staff in 2006 after one season at Southern Utah, where he was the Thunderbirds' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2005, Southern Utah ranked second in the Great West Conference in passing offense.
Beginning his coaching career in 2002, McGiven was a graduate assistant at BYU, coaching the wide receivers for the 2002 and 2003 seasons before moving to quarterbacks in 2004.
McGiven grew up in Orem, Utah, and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1995. He played one season at Eastern Arizona Junior College and later played wide receiver at Louisiana Tech, before finishing his bachelor's degree in business from Utah Valley State College in 2001.
He and his wife Lindsay have four children: sons Peyton, K.J. and Beau; and daughter, Ireland.