Bay Area native Ron Caragher is back home.
Caragher, who was introduced as the new football coach at San Jose State on Monday, still has family in nearby Morgan Hill and plans to be in the area before boarding a plane to watch the Spartans play at the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C., two days later.
“This is a homecoming for me,” Caragher said. “I used to attend Spartan camps in the summer and as a high school player I watched games and played in games at Spartan Stadium.”
Caragher, who spent the past six years at San Diego, replaces Mike MacIntyre to become the 28th coach at the school. He signed a five-year contract a week after MacIntyre left to take the head job at Colorado. The Spartans finished the regular season 10-2.
Caragher replaced Jim Harbaugh, who is coaching the 49ers, at San Diego, where he compiled a 44-22 record with three conference championships. He’s also been an assistant coach at UCLA, Kentucky.
Harbaugh learned Monday afternoon that San Jose State had hired Caragher, and called him a “wonderful, wonderful, wonderful guy and coach.”
Caragher attended Bellarmine Prep in San Jose before going on to UCLA, where he spent four years as a backup quarterback.