Paul McCarthy was appointed deputy director of athletics in October, 2011 after serving as senior associate director of athletics since 2006. In addition to his responsibilities for the legal and regulatory affairs of the Division of Athletics, McCarthy serves as chief of staff and the sport administrator for men's basketball and men's soccer. In his position, McCarthy's other responsibilities include contract review and oversight of human resources and labor relations matters as well as senior supervision of the facility operations/event services and recreational services departments within the Division of Athletics.
During his time with UConn Athletics, McCarthy has been involved in the major transactional projects and agreements of the Division of Athletics including the recent acceptance of men's hockey into the Hockey East conference as well as the review, negotiation and drafting of contracts with NIKE, IMG College, the XL Center, Rentschler Field, SNY and WTIC. In addition to his transactional work, McCarthy has worked with the coaching staffs of all intercollegiate sports on operational issues and has served as sport administrator for men's basketball, women's basketball, men's soccer and women's soccer. McCarthy continues to serve as a liaison to the University community through his work on many University and regional committees including his present appointment to the Board of Directors of the Mansfield Downtown Partnership for the Storrs Center project.
Prior to his arrival at UConn Athletics, McCarthy worked at the University as assistant attorney general beginning in 1998 and was the primary legal officer of the University from 2003 to 2006. In addition to providing legal counsel and guidance to the University President and Board of Trustees on higher education and business issues, McCarthy successfully represented the University in lawsuits in federal District Court and state Superior and Appellate Court. McCarthy's prior professional experience also includes working in private practice for the law firm of Halloran and Sage in Hartford from 1994 to 1997.
McCarthy was an honors scholar and received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Connecticut and his law degree from Suffolk University School of Law. McCarthy and his wife Tina (UConn alum and presently interim Director of Nursing at University Student Health Services) reside in Storrs with their three children Aidan, Sean and Catherine.