University of San Diego coach Ron Caragher was hired as the new head football coach at San Jose State, Spartans officials announced Monday.
Caragher, who will sign a five-year contract, replaces Mike MacIntyre, who left to take the Colorado job last week.
Caragher succeeded Jim Harbaugh at San Diego when Harbaugh became head coach at Stanford.
San Diego, a Football Championship Subdivision school, was 44-22 in its six years under Caragher and was co-champions of the Pioneer Football League four times.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to lead the San Jose State football program," Caragher said in a release. "Having grown up in the San Jose area, I understand the rich tradition of Spartan Football -- it's lineage of great coaches, terrific teams, and outstanding players.
"I very much look forward to getting to know the young men in the program and building upon the success of this most recent and outstanding 2012 season. San Jose State football is on the rise with its top-25 ranking. I am excited about our entrance into the Mountain West Conference and look forward to leading the charge."
Harbaugh, informed of Caragher's new job during his Monday press conference, endorsed his former replacement.
"Great hire by San Jose State," Harbaugh said. "Good coach. Winning coach. He's done a real nice job with that program."