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Robert McFarland
Position: Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends
Alma Mater: McNeese State
Graduating Year: 1985
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: (515) 294-7018
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Robert McFarland
Courtesy: A.P.
Release: 12/07/2006

A former head coach with more than 20 years of collegiate experience, Iowa State offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Robert McFarland has a long list of achievements and former players who competed in the National Football League. He made a big difference in his first Iowa State season. McFarland successfully rebuilt the Cyclone offensive line from scratch in 2007. Iowa State’s offense was much improved, despite its youth in the trenches. Bret Meyer and Todd Blythe finished their careers as ISU’s career leaders in passing and receiving, respectively.  Running backs Alexander Robinson and J.J. Bass each had two 100-yard rushing games. Jason Scales also posted a 100-yard rushing game against Nebraska. Most impressively, Iowa State cut its sacks allowed from 38 in 2006 to 17 in 2007, despite having only one returning starter on the offensive line.


McFarland coached Stephen F. Austin to a tie for second place in the Southland Conference in 2006. In his two years as the Lumberjacks’ head coach, McFarland coached two All-Americans and 26 all-Southland Conference players.
McFarland’s offenses at Central Florida, where he was offensive coordinator, featured one of the nation’s top passing attacks. His Golden Knight offense ranked 12th nationally in 2000, ninth in 2001 and sixth in 2002.  His quarterback, Ryan Schneider, threw for 3,770 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2002.  Those efforts broke the school records set previously by NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper.


It was a balanced attack. Under McFarland, Central Florida’s offense featured two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season. Six of his players went to the NFL, including tight end Michael Gaines of the Detroit Lions. McFarland also coached at Clemson and Notre Dame. He coached teams in the Citrus Bowl, Gator Bowl and Orange Bowl.


























NFL Players Coached by Robert McFarland
Name Position NFL Team College Team
Leo Araguz P Oakland, Detroit, Minnesota, Seattle Stephen F. Austin
Derrick Blaylock           RB Kansas City, New York Jets        Stephen F. Austin
Karon Coleman                        RB Denver Stephen F. Austin
Steve Edwards OL Chicago Central Florida
Doug Gabriel               WR Oakland, New England Central Florida
Michael Gaines                 TE Carolina Central Florida
Keno Hills             OL New Orleans Kent State
Lindsay Knapp          OL Kansas City, Green Bay Notre Dame
Gene Mcguire                     C Chicago, Green Bay Notre Dame
Mike Quinn             QB Pittsburgh, Dallas Stephen F. Austin
Tim Ruddy                  C Miami Notre Dame
Tim Ryan OL Tampa Bay Notre Dame
Chad Stanley        P San Francisco, Arizona, Houston Stephen F. Austin
Aaron Taylor           OL Green Bay, San Diego Notre Dame
Curtis Whitley            OL San Diego, Carolina, Oakland Clemson












McFarland's Resume
Year School Position
2006 Iowa State Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
2004-2006 Stephen F. Austin State Head Coach
2004 East Carolina Asst. Coach Offensive Line
2000-2004 Central Florida Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
1999 Stephen F. Austin State Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
1992-1998 Stephen F. Austin State Offensive Line
1991 Kent State Recruiting Coordinator/Offensive Line
1990 Notre Dame Graduate Asst./Offensive Line
1988-1989 Clemson Graduate Asst./Offensive Line
1986-1987 Louisiana-Lafayette Graduate Asst./Running Backs

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