The Miami Dolphins added a running backs coach on Saturday, hiring Danny Barrett for the position. Barrett had been the interim head coach for the University of Central Florida the last four games of 2015, replacing George O'Leary who retired during the season. Barrett, a native of Boynton Beach, Florida, has been a coach since 1997, primarily working in the Canadian Football League.
He began his coaching career as a quarterback coach for the Calgary Stampeders, where he spent the 1997 season. In 1998 and 1999, he held the same position with the BC Lions before being hired as the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 2000 to 2006. He joined the University of Buffalo in 2007 as a quarterbacks coach a position he held until 2009. In 2011, Barrett joined UCF's staff as a running backs coach, then was promoted to the quarterbacks coach position in 2015 before O'Leary's abrupt retirement.
Barrett was a quarterback at the University of Cincinnati and professionally in the CFL. He started with Calgary in 1983 as a quarterback, then spent the first half of the 1985 season as a slotback before moving to the Toronto Argonauts during the season. He returned to Calgary in 1989 before joining BC in 1992. After two seasons with the Lions, he spent the 1994 and 1995 seasons with the Ottawa Rough Riders, before a one-year stint back with the Stampeders in 1996. He played one final season in 1998 with BC after starting the season as their quarterbacks coach, but coming out of retirement to also serve as the team's backup quarterback.
Barrett threw for 23,419 yards in his career with 133 touchdown. He twice led his team to appearances in the Grey Cup (1987 with Toronto, 1991 with Calgary), but never won the CFL championship. In 1993, Barrett set the CFL record for most passing yards in a game with 601, a record surpassed in 1994.
He had a 57-68-1 as a head coach with Saskatchewan, with a 3-5 record in the Playoffs. He went 0-4 as the interim coach with UCF, completing an 0-12 season for the school.