McGuff, 32, was an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame for the last six years, and was on a European tour with the team when he heard about the opening.
“I was in Italy at the time,” he says. “The phone rang at 2:30 a.m. It was a friend of mine, and the first thing he said was, ‘The job is open.’ I knew instantly what job he meant, because this is the job I always talked about wanting.”
The native of nearby Hamilton went straight to his computer and e-mailed athletic director Mike Bobinski. He interviewed upon his return. Bobinski was impressed.
“We looked for three things: A good person, someone with a passion for this job and someone who’s been successful at a high level. He had it all.”