BERKELEY - Pierre Ingram has agreed to become the running backs coach at Cal, head coach Sonny Dykes announced Friday. Ingram served in the same role for Dykes at Louisiana Tech the last three seasons, including in 2012 when the Bulldogs posted a 9-3 record and led the nation in scoring offense by averaging 51.50 points per game.
Ingram, who was named the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Recruiter of the Year by ESPN.com, coached Freshman All-American and WAC Freshman of the Year Kenneth Dixon this past season. Capital One Academic All-Americaģ first teamer Ray Holley was also under his tutelage in 2012.
"Pierre Ingram is one of the best young coaches in the nation," Dykes said. "He is a talented person with a terrific future ahead of him and will be a tremendous asset to our football program. We're thrilled he's joining our staff at Cal."
"This is a great opportunity for me," Ingram said. "I'm thankful that coach Dykes has hired me on his staff at Cal along with some of the other guys from our successful offense at Louisiana Tech. Cal is a program with great tradition, and the coaching staff he's bringing in is going to add to that as well as bring some spark and energy to move forward in the Pac-12."
In addition to leading the country in scoring offense, Tech was among the 2012 national leaders in total offense (2nd, 577.92 ypg) and rushing offense (18th, 227.17 ypg) with a unit that scored more than 40 points in 11 of 12 games and over 50 points on eight occasions. Tech's high-powered offense also committed only 13 turnovers to tie for the 10th-lowest total in the country, matching a tied for 10th national ranking with a +1.08 turnover margin.
In addition to being named a 2012 Freshman All-American and winning WAC Freshman of the Year honors, Dixon broke Marshall Faulk's NCAA freshman records for rushing touchdowns (27), total touchdowns (28) and points (168) under Ingram's tutelage. Dixon led the country in scoring with an average of 14.00 points per game while totaling 1,194 rushing yards on 200 carries. He was also second in the WAC in rushing with an average of 106.42 yards per game. Holley, a graduate student pursing a degree in counseling with a 3.50 GPA, added 740 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground over 142 rushes.
In his second season guiding the Louisiana Tech running backs in 2011, Ingram witnessed an unlikely story unfold as walk-on Hunter Lee, who did not receive a single FBS scholarship offer, stepped up amid injuries and ran for 650 yards on 135 attempts as a true freshman. The ground game churned out 1,901 yards for an offense that averaged 394.62 yards per game as the team and won seven straight contests on its way to a WAC championship.
In his first season at Tech in 2010, Ingram guided Lennon Creer's 1,181-yard rushing campaign that included a 252-yard effort against San Jose State - the seventh most rushing yards in a single game in Tech history - among five 100-yard rushing performances over his last seven games. Among those was a 149-yard rushing effort at No. 2 Boise State, more yards than 12 of Boise's 13 opponents recorded against the Broncos as a team during 2010.
Ingram joined the Bulldogs after winning the 2009 FCS national championship at Villanova, where he coached the tight ends as an offensive assistant.
Prior to joining the Villanova staff in May of 2009, Ingram served as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M-Commerce during the spring of 2009. Before his short stint at Texas A&M Commerce, he was the assistant wide receivers coach at Cortland State for two seasons, where he helped the team to a combined 20-5 mark. The 2007 squad captured the ECAC Division III Northeast Bowl, while the 2008 team reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinal round for the first time in school history. Zacc Guaragno posted 1,053 yards under Ingram in 2008 to become the second wide receiver in school history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season.
Ingram is a 2006 graduate of Middle Tennessee, where he was a four-year letterwinner in football as a wide receiver and garnered the team's Most Dependable Receiver Award in his final season in 2006. He is currently pursuing a master's of science degree in sport management from Cortland State.
Ingram is married to the former Dani Maye. The couple's daughter, Berkley, was born the night Louisiana Tech defeated San Jose State on Oct. 29, 2011. Ingram paced the sidelines during the game, coaching the backs to 260 yards of rushing offense, and then joined Dani in time for the birth of their daughter.