John Garrett Video Profile
Asst. Head Coach for Offense/WR Coach
Third-year coach John Garrett added the title of assistant head coach for the offense to his coaching duties this year. He will continue to coach the UVa wide receivers, a position he has held since joining Al Groh's staff in 2004 after a career in the NFL as a player and coach.
This fall Garrett will have the services of Virginia's top two returning pass receivers, seniors Deyon Williams and Fontel Mines, to help develop a new starting quarterback for the Cavaliers' offense. Williams led the team with 58 catches for 767 yards and seven scores, while Mines totaled 28 receptions for 345 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Garrett has demonstrated the ability to continue to develop players' abilities throughout their careers. In 2004, he had the responsibility of nurturing a young corps of receivers. The lone senior- Michael McGrew- returned after missing the previous season due to a broken leg to become the 25th player in school history with 1,000 yards receiving.
A 1988 graduate of Princeton, Garrett played wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989, and also was signed by the Buffalo Bills for the 1991 campaign. In the spring of 1991, he was one of the top receivers for the San Antonio Riders of the World League.
Following his playing career, he spent three seasons as a pro personnel assistant (1992-94) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In addition to his personnel duties, he prepared for a coaching career by assisting with on-field coaching of wide receivers, by assisting offensive coaches with game plans and by assisting defensive coaches in the press box on game days.
Garrett then moved to the Bengals' coaching staff where he served as an offensive assistant and wide receivers coach from 1995-98, before spending two seasons (1999-2000) as quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals. He returned to the Bengals' staff as offensive assistant and tight ends coach from 2001-02. He served as a scout for the Bengals last season.
The 41-year old Garrett comes from a football family. His father, Jim, played pro football and coached in the NFL from 1970-84, and served as a Dallas Cowboys scout until 2005. Brother Jason played QB for the Cowboys from 1994-99, with the New York Giants from 2000-03, and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins in 2004. Currently, he is the quarterbacks coach for the Dolphins. Brother Judd played running back for Dallas and in the Canadian League, and is currently the offensive quality control coach with the Miami Dolphins.