Jesse McKinnon is returning for his second season as the inside linebackers coach for the Corsairs.
Last season, McKinnon helped Derek Tarpey earn a spot on the All-MASCAC First-Team. Tarpey established a new single-game record for total tackles (22) against Bridgewater State. He led the conference in tackles per game (10.9), while ranking among the leaders in total tackles (2nd, 98) and tackles for a loss (3rd, 15.5).
McKinnon brought over a decade of coaching experience to UMass Dartmouth, joining the Corsairs after stints with the Joseph Case (Swansea, Mass.) and Portsmouth High School (R.I.) staffs. He began his scholastic coaching career at Durfee High School, serving as an assistant coach under Steve Winarski. McKinnon left the Hilltoppers to accept a teaching position at Somerset High School, where he still teaches physics. He spent six years on the Raiders sideline, including four seasons as the head coach.
A 1999 graduate of Worcester State, McKinnon played four years with the Lancers as a slot receiver between 1994 and 1998. He helped Worcester State compile an overall record of 31-11 and three consecutive trips to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northwest Championship Bowl.
McKinnon and his wife, Kerri, are both teachers at Somerset-Berkley Regional High School. They are the proud parents of Kyle (9) and Katelyn (7).