Born in Independence, Kan. (8/7/51), and raised in Snyder, Texas, McGinnis and his wife, Kim, make their home in St. Louis. McGinnis was a three-year starter as a defensive back at TCU, where he graduated in 1973 with a degree in business management. McGinnis built his reputation and knowledge during a 10-year stint (1986-95) with the Chicago Bears as a linebackers coach, where he worked with one of the best linebacker corps in the game: Mike Singletary, Wilber Marshall and Otis Wilson. He coached Hall of Famer Mike Singletary for seven of his 12 years in the league with each ending in a trip to the Pro Bowl. Singletary was also the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1988. During his tenure in Chicago, the Bears advanced to the playoffs six times and the defense finished in the top six of the NFL in defense six times, including a first or second place ranking three times.