Michael McHugh begins his fourth season as the recruiting and run game coordinator in 2019-20.
As the recruiting coordinator, McHugh manages all aspects of prospective student campus visits and is responsible for the all recruitment efforts in the state of Illinois.
In addition to coordinating the offensive run game, including scouting, installation and game planning, McHugh also coordinates the extra points/field goal unit and oversees the academic progress of all student-athletes on the offensive line.
Under the leadership of McHugh, UW-Eau Claire's rush offense took significant steps forward in 2018, ranking second in the WIAC with 156.3 yards per game. The Blugolds also managed 30 or more points three times, crucial to victories over Loras College, St. Norbert College and UW-Platteville.
McHugh came from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and also serves as the Blugolds' offensive line coach. While at Duluth, McHugh served as the Bulldogs' tight end coach and was a part of both coaching staffs that produced both of Duluth's two NCAA Division II national championship teams in 2008 and 2010.
In addition to coaching at UMD, McHugh coached at Carleton College, Concordia University-St. Paul, Eureka College and Loras College. The Illinois native played on the offensive line at Loras before starting his coaching career as a student assistant in 2007.
McHugh was the recruiting coordinator and oversaw kickoff returns and the extra point/field goal units at both Carleton and Concordia. At Carleton and Eureka, he was also the offensive coordinator and while at Concordia, he served as the offensive line coach for a season and offensive backs coach the season prior.
McHugh earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science along with a minor in coaching from Loras in the spring of 2007 and later earned a master’s degree in education at UMD.