Kyle McCarthy ('09) is in his first season as a graduate assistant for the defensive coaching staff at the University of Notre Dame. A former safety for the Irish (2005-09), McCarthy will work with secondary coach Kerry Cooks and his group this year.
McCarthy spent the last four years in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders before his career was cut short by multiple knee injuries.
McCarthy led Notre Dame with 101 total tackles as a senior in 2009. His 240 career tackles rank second on the all-time Irish list for defensive backs. McCarthy tied for 19th in the nation in '09 with five interceptions and was the first defensive back in school history to post consecutive 100-plus tackle seasons (110 in 2008, 101 in 2009). He was also one of only two players from a BCS school to rank in the top 100 in interceptions, total tackles and solo tackles that season.
McCarthy signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He appeared in 12 games, primarily on special teams, over the 2010 and 2011 seasons and totaled seven tackles.
McCarthy then joined the Chiefs in February 2012, but was with the team for just a few months before he injured his knee in August. He was placed on injured reserve and ultimately released following the 2013 season. McCarthy then signed with Oakland in December 2013 before another knee injury ended his NFL career.
McCarthy graduated from the University in 2009 with a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, McCarthy has a pair of brothers that both attended Notre Dame, including his younger brother Dan - who played safety for the Irish from 2008-12.