As the pro football postseason ended with the Super Bowl this past February, the NFL announced that Sean McVay, a graduate of Marist in Brookhaven, is the league’s Coach of the Year. It’s all the more impressive because he’s the youngest head coach in NFL history.
As coach of the Los Angeles Rams, McVay, 32, inherited a team that had only won 4 games in 2016. In 2017 he turned the team around with 11 wins. The Rams finished ahead of the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals, who had been leaders in the NFL West. “This truly is a team award,” said Coach McVay. “Such a blessing.”
Sean McVay graduated from Marist in 2004, where he was a 4-year starter in varsity football as quar-terback and defensive back for the War Eagles. He led Marist to a 26-3 overall record, including 14-1 in his senior year with a state championship, when he was Georgia 4-A offensive player of the year.
Sean has pro football in his blood. His granddad John McVay was general manager of the S.F. 49’ers that won 5 Super Bowls. Sean’s NFL coaching career is relatively short because of his young age. He started with the Tampa Bay Bucs under the great John Gruden, and came to LA after serving as offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.
His legendary Marist Coach Alan Chadwick is naturally pleased with Sean’s incredible NFL success. “He’s studied, he’s worked hard and he’s learned…I knew from the beginning he was going to be a great player’s coach.” With a terrific start after only a year as a NFL head coach, there’s a feeling someday a Super Bowl victory is in Sean’s future. From Marist to the NFL, Sean McVay has left lasting impressions.
-Dr. Paul Hudson