George McGinness, joined the Franklin & Marshall community as an instructor of physical education in December 1945. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1949, and in 1958, he was named associate professor. Throughout his 34 years with the college, McGinness coached varsity soccer, track, golf, and swimming. Swimming was his first love. He assumed the head coaching position of the men's swim team in 1947. It was McGinness who took on the responsibility of developing a women's varsity team in 1974.
He held the head coaching position for both teams until his retirement in 1979. During his 33-year career, McGinness coached numerous individual and team champions that went on to win in the Middle Atlantic Championships, Eastern Championships, and National Championships. His men’s teams won 188 dual meets.
From 1945 to 1960, McGinness also served as the Director of Intramurals and during the 1968-69 academic year, he was the Chairman of the Physical Education Program.