Ken McClintock begins his first season as Director of Player Personnel for Houston Football.
A new position for the program, McClintock will focus his efforts on the development of an internship and summer job program for current student-athletes, while coordinating an enhanced community service agenda and establishing an alumni mentoring program.
"As we continue to cultivate our football program, we have created the position of Director of Player Personnel to help our student-athletes develop off the field and assist them with the life-skills they will need to be successful after football," said Levine. "Our goal is for our young men to have opportunities to experience valuable internships within their chosen field of study, give back to the city through community service projects, and learn to become future leaders while building relationships through an alumni mentoring program.
"I am extremely excited to be able to add Ken McClintock to our staff in this capacity," Levine continued. "He is very dedicated and passionate about working with student-athletes, and his impact will be felt by our program immediately."
The creation of the alumni mentoring program will be a first for Houston Football. The program will match current student-athletes with former UH athletes in the community. McClintock will also be the primary NFL liaison and oversee player and family relations. His job will also be heavily involved with the Cougar Pride Leadership Academy.
A former student-athlete himself, McClintock played collegiately at the University of Minnesota (1988-92), where he was a teammate with Levine. He was named the team's Bobby Bell Award winner as the outstanding special teams performer in 1991 and won the Paul Giel Award for team leadership and unselfishness in 1992. He earned his undergraduate degree from Minnesota in Kinesiology in 1993 and his Masters in Physical Education in 1999.
The Chagrin Falls, Ohio, native comes to Houston after coaching at both the collegiate and high school levels. He worked at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) from 1997-2000 serving as the running backs coach (1997-98), wide receivers coach (1999) and offensive line coach / co-recruiting coordinator (spring 2000). Prior to his arrival in Houston McClintock spent 12 years at Hawken High School in Gates Mills, Ohio, coaching football for 12 seasons. He also coached track and basketball and helped develop the school's Peer Leadership program.
McClintock and his wife Kelly have four children Halle (12), Owen (8), Riley (5) and Jake (3).