Cougars hire Darcel McBath as assistant football coach

Cougars hire Darcel McBath as assistant football coach
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Washington State Cougars Head Football Coach Mike Leach added to his staff on Tuesday, hiring Darcel McBath as an assistant coach.

McBath served as the Cougars’ defensive quality control assistant in 2017. He will begin his new job duties immediately.

“Darcel is a great coach who played a big role in our defensive success last season,” said Leach. “He has several years of NFL experience to draw from and will be a strong recruiter. Darcel is very technical in his teaching, and relates well to our players.”

McBath played under Leach as a defensive back from 2004-2008 at Texas Tech University. In his first season as a quality control assistant, McBath worked with former WSU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and the Cougar defensive backs. McBath will continue to work with the secondary going forward.

Prior to his coaching career, McBath spent five seasons playing in the NFL. He was selected in the second-round (48th overall pick) in the 2009 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. Throughout his five seasons, McBath spent time in Denver, Jacksonville, and San Francisco. McBath played for the 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII, where he made one tackle.

After retiring from professional football, McBath spent the 2016 season with North Texas as a quality control intern.