McVay with the Washington Redskins in 2014
|Los Angeles Rams|
January 24, 1986 |
|High school:||Brookhaven (GA) Marist|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||7-2 (.778)|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Sean McVay (born January 24, 1986) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). Upon his hiring in 2017 at the age of 30, he became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history.
McVay was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Tim and Cindy McVay. Sean's father, Tim, played football as a defensive back at Indiana University. His family lived in Dayton until Sean was six years old. His grandfather, John McVay, is a former San Francisco 49ers general manager, who was involved in constructing the five Super Bowl winning seasons for the team.
McVay graduated from Marist School in 2004. He was a four-year starter at Marist as a quarterback and defensive back for the War Eagles high school football team. He was the first player in school history to amass 1,000 yards rushing and passing in consecutive seasons. He totaled 2,600 yards rushing and 40 rushing touchdowns during his career and also passed for 2,500 yards and 18 touchdowns, leading the War Eagles to a 26-3 record, including a 14-1 record and state championship as a senior, when he was named the Georgia 4A Offensive Player of the Year. 
McVay attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he played college football as a wide receiver from 2004-2007, earning Miami's Scholar-Athlete Award in 2007. He recorded 39 receptions for 312 yards for the RedHawks in his college career. He graduated from Miami in 2008.
McVay began his coaching career as an assistant wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 under head coach Jon Gruden. The following year, he was the wide receivers/quality control coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL).
On January 14, 2014, McVay was promoted by new Redskins head coach, Jay Gruden, to offensive coordinator. In his first year as offensive coordinator, he turned the team's offense into the 12th-ranked pass offense in the National Football League (NFL) -- averaging 268.4 passing yards per game with third year quarterback, Kirk Cousins -- the 17th-ranked rush offense, with 97.9 rushing yards per game, and the 10th ranked total offense in the NFL, a year after the team's offense finished ranked 25th in total offense, averaging 24.3 points per game and 353.8 total yards per game. In 2016, the offense ranked as the third best pass offense in the NFL with 309.3 passing yards per game, improved to the 20th ranked rush offense after being 25th the year prior (averaging 106.0 rushing yards per game), and finished 12th overall in total offense, averaging 24.8 points per game and 385.6 total yards per game.
On January 12, 2017, McVay was hired to become the 28th head coach of the Los Angeles Rams at the age of 30. The Rams had made him the youngest head coach in modern NFL history, surpassing Lane Kiffin, who was 31 when hired by the Oakland Raiders in 2007.
On September 10, 2017, McVay made his regular season head coaching debut against the Indianapolis Colts, and led the Rams to an impressive blowout 46-9 victory in a home game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Despite a loss to McVay's former team the Washington Redskins nonetheless, the Rams pulled off a close 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers and turned a 16-24 deficit into a 35-30 upset victory over the Dallas Cowboys, but the Rams eventually recorded another loss to division rival Seattle Seahawks at home. Regardless, in just five games, the Rams offense scored a total of 142 (later 151) points a league leader and a franchise high. The Rams went on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road and the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL International Series game for the team's first shutout win since 2014, as well as raising their record to 5-2 for the first time since 2004 (the last time the team made the playoffs) and a first place lead in the NFC West. McVay coached the Rams to a blowout against the New York Giants in their highest-scoring game yet, a 51-17 victory, which raised the Rams' record to 6-2. The Rams would score another win at home against the Houston Texans with a 33-7 score in the second half to raise the record for the Rams to 7-2 for their best record of the season since 2001.
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NFL head coaches under whom McVay has served: