Cal Bears Football Coaching Staff

Last Game

Oct 23, 2021
Berkeley, CA
Justin Wilcox

Justin Wilcox

Head Coach

Justin Wilcox is in his fifth season as the Travers Family Head Football Coach at Cal and his 21st campaign in collegiate coaching in 2021. Wilcox has compiled a long list of accomplishments and signature wins in his first four seasons as the program's head coach, leading the Golden Bears to back-to-back winning seasons and bowl games in 2018 and 2019 for the first time since 2008 and 2009, and four victories that knocked off a combination of five reigning and current Pac-12 champions in 2018 at USC (2017 champion) and Washington (2018 champion), 2019 at Washington (2018 champion) and 2020 against Oregon (2019 and 2020 champion). His teams have also produced victories over all five schools in the Pac-12 North and been victorious in road games at all three of the Bears’ Pac-12 California opponents, ending droughts that dated back to 2000 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and 2009 at both the Rose Bowl and Stanford Stadium. The Bears have also taken down a top-20 team in each of Wilcox’s first four seasons with victories over No. 8/9 Washington State, No. 15/13 Washington, No. 14/12 Washington and against No. 23/21/20 Oregon. In addition, Wilcox's teams have produced a perfect 9-0 mark in non-conference regular-season games including four wins against Power 5 schools.

Wilcox's defense was just getting untracked in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic ended the often-delayed season after four games with its final performance a second-half shutout of eventual Pac-12 champion Oregon in an inspiring 21-17 home victory over the Ducks that had come into the contest averaging 38.5 points per game. Kuony Deng forced a pair of fourth-quarter fumbles to earn his first-ever Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Cameron Goode registering a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss. The offense also had two key long touchdown drives in the first half including the longest one in the Wilcox era that one took 19 plays and 9:51 off the clock in a game in which the Bears had a decided advantage in both time of possession and total plays. The Bears would also score the only points of the second half on a 28-yard third-quarter touchdown pass from Chase Garbers to Nikko Remigio followed by Dario Longhetto's extra point.

Wilcox began the 2019 season with four straight victories to move the Bears into the No. 15 spot in the AP Top 25 and No. 16 in the Coaches Poll. The triumphs included road wins at then No. 14/12 Washington and Ole Miss with the latter the first road victory by a Pac-12 school at an SEC foe since 2010. The two signature wins helped the Bears to a 4-2 mark in true road games to give Cal back-to-back winning seasons on the road for the first time since 2004. A strong defense led by Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Evan Weaver; an offense that took care of the football, produced explosive plays and had a penchant for game-winning drives; and a disciplined team that led the conference and ranked in the top 15 nationally in all penalty categories were among the keys to success in 2019.

Weaver led the nation in total tackles (school-record and career-high 182), total tackles per game (14.0), solo tackles (103) and solo tackles per game (7.9) for a Bears’ defense that allowed only 21.9 points and 390.5 yards per game to rank fourth in the Pac-12 in both scoring defense and total defense. In addition to being the Pac-12's Defensive Player of the Year, Weaver was a finalist for several other awards honoring the nation's top player (Lombardi Honors), defensive player (Lott IMPACT Trophy), linebacker (Butkus Award) and senior (Senior CLASS Award). Wilcox also played a role in the significant development of several others including arguably and most notably Ashtyn Davis, who anchored the team's defensive backfield and was one of three national finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy given annually to the nation's top collegiate player who began his career as a walk-on.

On offense, Cal put together game-winning drives in 2019 on its final possessions both at Washington and Stanford while committing only 13 turnovers to establish a school record for the fewest giveaways in a full season. Cal committed only nine turnovers in its last 12 contests after a season-high four in the opener against UC Davis and did not turn the ball over a single time on five occasions. Cal's offense mostly clicked when starting quarterback Chase Garbers was healthy with the Bears a perfect 7-0 in games he started and played more than a half. During its last four wins all coming in the team's final five games, the Cal offense averaged 30.0 points and 414.3 total yards per contest including a season-high 35 in its final game in a Redbox Bowl victory over Illinois.

Wilcox, who signed a new five-year contract in December of 2018 that extends through the 2023 campaign, guided the Bears to the Cheez-It Bowl in his second season in 2018 with the bowl appearance Cal's first in three seasons and first in a Pac-12 affiliated bowl since 2011.

"We are proud to have Justin Wilcox as our head football coach," Cal Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. "He is a tremendous representative of our university and has built a program that centers around character, purpose and developing the entire student-athlete. Since Justin arrived, we have won a lot of big football games and raised the level of excitement around the program to levels not seen in a long time, while at the same time graduating our student-athletes at a steadily increasing rate. I truly believe we have just scratched the surface, and I'm excited to see what the future has in store for Cal football under Justin's leadership."

Bill Musgrave

Bill Musgrave

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Bill Musgrave is in his second season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Cal in 2021, as well as his 15th campaign as an offensive coordinator and 24th in coaching at the NFL or collegiate ranks.

"Bill Musgrave has a brilliant offensive mind and is one of top teachers of offensive football and quarterbacks," Cal head coach Wilcox said when Musgrave was hired on January 3, 2020. "Bill has incredible football knowledge and has been extremely versatile in the offensive systems he has run throughout his career, which is important. He also has a strong desire to coach again at the collegiate level, where he can help develop young football players at a formative stage of their careers. His competitiveness and humility stood out during the hiring process. Everyone that I talked to about Bill that I know and trust had tremendous things to say. He will be a great fit at Cal."

"I am thrilled to join a Cal program that has exciting days ahead," Musgrave said when he was hired. "I want to continue building upon what has already been started, which on the offensive side of the ball is a young group that showed tremendous progress last season and was playing its best football at the end of the year. Coach Wilcox and his staff have done a tremendous job of creating an outstanding culture and environment that is focused on teaching football, and one of the most enjoyable and satisfying parts of this job is to be able to play a key role in the development of young players. There is a tremendous opportunity to do that right now at Cal, and I can't wait to get started."

In his first season at Cal in 2020, Musgrave had only four games and limited practice time due to COVID-19 to show what the Cal offense is capable of. The Bears were able to keep control of the football much of the time during those four contests with a 31:36 time of possession average that was fourth in the Pac-12 and 30th in the nation. Cal's offense was also a disciplined unit that helped the Golden Bears lead the Pac-12 in per game averages for both fewest penalties yards (35.0) and penalties (4.5) while ranking fifth and tied for 12th nationally.

Quarterback Chase Garbers ranked third in the Pac-12 and tied for 20th nationally in completions per game (21.25) while he was fifth in the conference and tied for 43rd in the nation in completion percentage (62.5%). Garbers was also tied for fifth in the league passing touchdowns (6) and points responsible for per game (12.0), as well as sixth in passing yards per game (192.8) during the abbreviated four-game schedule. Kekoa Crawford was the team's top receiver, ranking tied for ninth in the Pac-12 in per game receptions (4.8) and 10th in receiving yards (58.0). The run game showed huge potential with 241 yards on the ground against Stanford as Damien Moore rushed for a career-high 121 yards that were the most by a true freshman in the Big Game since Marshawn Lynch totaled 122 in 2004. Five players on Cal's offense – Crawford, OL Jake Curhan, WR Nikko Remigio, OL Michael Saffell and TE Jake Tonges – earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors, while Moore was an honorable mention pick for the league’s Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.

Musgrave's 20 NFL seasons include stints with Oakland (1997, 2015-16), Philadelphia (1998, 2014), Carolina (1999-2000), Jacksonville (2003-04), Washington (2005), Atlanta (2006-10), Minnesota (2011-13) and Denver (2017-18). Musgrave served as offensive coordinator during 11 of his 20 NFL seasons including his entire tenures at Jacksonville, Minnesota and in his second stop at Oakland. He was promoted to offensive coordinator during his first stint with Philadelphia (1998), as well as at Carolina (2000) and Denver (2017). He also spent two campaigns as a collegiate offensive coordinator at Virginia (2001-02). The long list of NFL quarterbacks he has tutored includes Pro Bowlers Steve Beuerlein, Matt Ryan and Derek Carr.

Musgrave had some of his biggest success in Cal's backyard with Oakland when he inherited an offense that had ranked last in the NFL in 2014 in total offense (282.2 ypg) and second to last in scoring (15.9 ppg). The Raiders made the biggest offensive improvement in the NFL in yards per game (+91.1 ypg) and scoring (+10.2 ppg) in two seasons under Musgrave, finishing sixth in the league in 2016 in total offense (373.3 ypg) and seventh in scoring (26.0 ppg). Oakland's offensive resurgence was spurred by the development of Carr, who in two seasons in Musgrave's offense passed for 7924 yards to go along with 60 touchdowns. An MVP candidate in 2016, Carr led the Raiders to a 12-3 record as a starter but suffered a season-ending injury in Week 16. The 2016 Raiders reached the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 2002 but without Carr were defeated by Houston in the Wild Card Round.

Prior to joining Oakland, Musgrave served as Philadelphia's quarterbacks coach in 2014 as the Eagles finished sixth in the NFL in passing offense (272.3 ypg) despite splitting time between two quarterbacks. Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez started eight games each for the Eagles and combined to throw for 4,581 yards – a total topped by only five NFL quarterbacks that season. Philadelphia finished 10-6 overall but just missed a spot in the playoffs.

Musgrave spent three seasons as Minnesota's offensive coordinator (2011-13), coaching the top-ranked rushing offense in the NFL over that span and the league's 2012 Most Valuable Player in running back Adrian Peterson when the Vikings were 10-6 and reached the Wild Card Round of the postseason.

He coached the five previous seasons with Atlanta (2006-10), serving as the team's quarterbacks coach for four campaigns before adding assistant head coach to his title in 2010 when the Falcons won the AFC South title with a 13-3 regular-season record that was their best since 1998 and reached the Divisional Round of the playoffs after posting the league's fifth-ranked scoring offense (25.9 ppg). Coaching quarterbacks with very different skill sets during his tenure in Atlanta, Musgrave played a large role in the development of Michael Vick (2006), Matt Schaub (2006) and Ryan (2008-10). The Falcons also made the Wild Card Round in Ryan's rookie season in 2008 when Atlanta was sixth in total offense (361.2 ypg).

Musgrave also coached for a 10-6 Washington team that reached the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs in 2005,.

His 2002 squad at Virginia was 9-5 overall and won the Continental Tire Bowl (now known as the Belk Bowl) with Schaub earning 2002 ACC Player of the Year.

Musgrave has coached a total of 11 Pro Bowlers including WR Amari Cooper, C Rodney Hudson, T Matt Kalil, RB Latavius Murray, G Kelechi Osemele, FB Marcel Reece and TE Kyle Rudolph in addition to Peterson and the trio of quarterbacks in Beuerlein, Carr and Ryan.

Prior to his coaching career, Musgrave played in the NFL for six seasons (1991-96) after being selected by Dallas in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. Musgrave appeared in 12 games (one start) during his NFL playing career with the 49ers and Broncos, backing up Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana, Steve Young and John Elway. Musgrave was a member of the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX championship team during the 1994 season.

Musgrave played collegiately at Oregon, where he finished his career as the school's all-time leader in passing and total offense among 15 school records. He led the Ducks to their first bowl game in 26 years during his 1989 junior season before earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors in his final campaign as a 1990 senior. A 1991 Oregon graduate who earned his bachelor's degree in finance & accounting, he was also named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year following his senior season and was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection. Musgrave was inducted into the University of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2000.

A 1986 graduate of Grand Junction (Colo.) High School, Musgrave was named the Colorado High School Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1985 and received the Denver Post's Gold Helmet Award as the state's top prep football player. Musgrave is a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

Peter Sirmon

Peter Sirmon

Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator

Peter Sirmon is in his fourth season at Cal and his second campaign as the team's defensive coordinator in 2021. He will also continue to work with the inside linebackers for the fourth consecutive campaign. Sirmon started at Cal in 2018 as the Golden Bears' inside linebackers coach before adding co-defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator duties to his role in 2019.

Since his arrival at Cal, Sirmon has been instrumental for developing several key players including the nation’s leading tackler, consensus first-team All-American and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year ILB Evan Weaver in 2019, as well as All-Pac-12 honorees CB Camryn Bynum, OLB Cameron Goode and ILB Jordan Kunaszyk.

As Cal's recruiting coordinator, Sirmon spearheaded the recruitment of a 2021 class that ranked as high as No. 20 according to ESPN, which was Cal's highest-ranked class since the 2011 group checked in at No. 15 nationally by 247Sports.

In his first season as the team's defensive coordinator in a 2020 campaign shortened to four games by COVID-19, Bynum (first team) and Goode (second team) earned All-Pac-12 selections while ILB Kuony Deng, CB Josh Drayden, DL Brett Johnson and DE Zeandae Johnson were honorable mention all-conference picks.

Deng, Drayden and Goode are all slated to be back in 2021.

Deng served as a team captain in 2020 when he led the squad with 31 tackles and two forced fumbles, while adding 2.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) and one quarterback hurry. He ranked third in the Pac-12 and tied for fourth nationally with 0.5 forced fumbles per game as well as tied 10th in the conference in tackles with 7.8 stops per contest. Both of his forced fumbles came in the fourth quarter of a 21-17 win over Oregon. Goode was tied for second both nationally and in the Pac-12 with his 2.0 tackles for loss per game, as well as sixth in the Pac-12 and tied for 30th in the nation with 0.75 sacks per contest. Drayden ranked tied for second in the Pac-12 and tied for 13th nationally with his 1.2 passes defended per game.

Cal's 2020 defense led the Pac-12 and ranked tied for 20th nationally in red zone defense by allowing only 12 scores in 16 opponents' red zone visits (75.0%) with only nine of the 12 scores touchdowns. The defense was also a disciplined unit that helped the Bears lead the Pac-12 in per game averages for both fewest penalty yards (35.0) and penalties (4.5), while ranking fifth and tied for 12th nationally.

Cal's defense is also the only team to shut out Oregon in a half each of the last two seasons and has done it twice in both the first half of a 17-7 Ducks' victory in Eugene in 2019 and the second half of Cal's win in Berkeley in 2020.

In 2019, Sirmon paired up with former Cal defensive coordinator, co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers' coach Tim DeRuyter to earn FootballScoop Linebackers Coaches of the Year presented by AstroTurf honors.

Weaver finished the 2019 campaign with a school-record 182 tackles and in addition to his consensus First-Team All-American honors was also the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. In addiition, he was a finalist for the Butkus Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy, The Lombardi and the Senior Class Award. Weaver (182) and Deng (119, No. 3 Pac-12, No. 15 NCAA) finished the 2019 season with a combined 301 tackles. The number not only allowed Cal to lead the nation for most tackles by a duo for a second straight season but was six shy of the Bears' school-record of 307 by a duo that Weaver (159) and Jordan Kunaszyk (148) recorded in 2018.

In his first season on Cal's staff in 2018, Sirmon helped the Bears' defense finish among national and Pac-12 leaders in nearly every category. The Bears ranked in the top 10 nationally and paced the conference in interceptions (21, No. 2 NCAA), defensive touchdowns (5, No. T4 NCAA), turnovers gained (28, No. 6T NCAA) and passing yards allowed (175.1 ypg, No. 9 NCAA). Cal also led the league and ranked in the top 20 in the country in pass efficiency defense (107.26, No. 11 NCAA) and first downs allowed (227, No. 18 NCAA). In addition, the Bears were also 15th nationally in total defense (317.2 ypg) and 22nd in scoring defense (20.4 ppg) while ranking third in the Pac-12 in both categories.

Both of Sirmon's starting inside linebackers in 2018 – Weaver (Pro Football Focus) and Kunaszyk (Sports Illustrated) – earned second-team All-American honors with Kunaszyk adding first-team All-Pac-12 recognition from the league's coaches while both earned first-team all-conference accolades from multiple media organizations. The 307 tackles between them were the most by any duo in the nation and the highest total ever by two players in a single season at Cal. Weaver's 159 tackles were the second-highest total in the nation and currently are tied for third on Cal's all-time single-season list while his 12.2 stops per game were sixth in the country. Kunaszyk's 148 tackles are the fifth-highest single-season total in school history and were fifth nationally with his 11.4 tackles per contest ninth in the nation. Weaver and Kunaszyk ranked second and third, respectively, in the Pac-12 in both total tackles and tackles per game.

Four of the defensive players that Sirmon has coached at Cal - S Ashtyn Davis (New York Jets), S Jaylinn Hawkins (Atlanta), Kunaszyk (Washington) and Weaver (Arizona) - are currently on NFL rosters.

Prior to his arrival at Cal, Sirmon was the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State (2016) and Louisville (2017) for one season each after previously coaching on staffs with Cal head coach Justin Wilcox for six seasons at Tennessee (2010-11), Washington (2012-13) and USC (2014-15), including the final three campaigns during that six-year stint as a recruiting coordinator.

Sirmon helped Louisville to an 8-5 record and an appearance at the TaxSlayer Bowl as the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach in 2017. Louisville was nationally ranked for much of the season and reached as high as No. 14 in the AP Top 25. Sirmon’s defense was second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 10 fumbles recovered and third with 23 turnovers gained to help get the ball back to a high-powered offense that ranked third nationally in scoring. Linebacker Dorian Etheridge earned Freshman All-American honors after leading the Cardinals with 83 tackles while All-ACC honorable mention selection Trumaine Washington was involved in a team-best six takeaways with four interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Mississippi State won the St. Petersburg Bowl during Sirmon’s lone campaign as the team’s defensive coordinator in 2016 with his unit contributing four defensive touchdowns to tie for eighth nationally. A Bulldogs’ defense that included 11 first-time starters and nine freshmen had 23 turnovers gained to rank tied for 38th nationally with the total nine more than the previous season. Linebacker Leo Lewis led all SEC freshmen in tackles (79) and became the first FWAA Freshman All-American in school history, while Jeffrey Simmons paced all SEC freshmen defensive linemen in tackles (40) on his way to joining Lewis on the Freshman All-SEC team.

Sirmon spent two campaigns from 2014-15 at USC as the associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach. In 2015, the Trojans won the Pac-12 South title and made a second consecutive appearance in the Holiday Bowl, leading the Pac-12 in third-down conversion defense and scoring five defensive touchdowns to rank third nationally. Sirmon's guidance propelled outside linebacker Su'a Cravens to All-Pac-12 first-team honors for the second straight season before Cravens was taken in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Inside linebacker Cameron Smith was selected as the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in addition to being named a Freshman All-American by several media outlets.

Sirmon was the linebackers coach at Washington the two prior seasons from 2012-13, adding recruiting coordinator to his duties for the first time in 2013. The Huskies ranked in the top 40 nationally in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense in his first campaign in 2012 after finishing the previous campaign lower than No. 105 in each category. Washington’s scoring defense jumped to tied for No. 29 nationally in 2013, while its team passing efficiency defense improved 60 spots to No. 27 in 2012 before climbing to No. 10 in 2013, with its 41.0 sacks tied for fourth nationally the same season. The Huskies played in the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl and 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl with Sirmon moving on to USC before the latter. Sirmon tutored eventual first-round NFL Draft pick Shaq Thompson during his back-to-back honorable mention All-Pac-12 seasons as a 2012 freshman and 2013 sophomore.

Sirmon’s successful tenures as the recruiting coordinator at both Washington and USC were highlighted by Rivals’ top recruiting class in 2015 that included 12 top-100 recruits after a 2014 Trojans’ group that ranked No. 9 and a 2013 Washington unit that was No. 18, all according to 247Sports. Notable members of those recruiting classes included current NFL players highlighted by USC’s Sam Darnold (New York Jets), Rasheem Green (Seattle), Adoree’ Jackson (New York Giants), Ronald Jones II (Tampa Bay), JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh), as well as Washington’s Kevin King (Green Bay) and John Ross (New York Giants).

Sirmon first coached with Wilcox for two seasons at Tennessee, starting as a graduate assistant working with the Vols’ safeties during their 2010 Music City Bowl campaign before being promoted to linebackers coach in 2011.

Sirmon also spent one season as a graduate assistant at Oregon in 2009 when the Ducks won a Pac-10 title and played in the Rose Bowl after getting into the coaching business as the linebackers coach at Central Washington in 2008 for a team that finished 10-2 overall and reached the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Sirmon played seven NFL seasons as a linebacker with the Tennessee Titans from 2000-06, participating in 81 games with 54 starts and registering 343 career tackles while adding four interceptions including one that he returned for a touchdown. Tennessee won two divisional titles (2000 AFC Central, 2002 AFC South) while adding a third playoff appearance in 2003 during his tenure. He was a fourth-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Sirmon, who received his bachelor's degree in political science from Oregon in 1999, was a starter in all four of his collegiate seasons (1996-99) and selected to the Senior Bowl after his 1999 senior campaign. He helped the Ducks to winning campaigns in each of those seasons and three bowl games (1997 Las Vegas Bowl, 1998 Aloha Bowl, 1999 Sun Bowl). A four-year collegiate teammate of Wilcox and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior, Sirmon was the squad's leading tackler during his sophomore and senior seasons.

Angus McLure

Angus McLure

Offensive Line

Angus McClure is in his second season as the offensive line coach at Cal, his 25th campaign of collegiate coaching and his 30th year in the coaching profession in 2021. Considered one of the elite recruiters in college football, McClure also has experience in the collegiate ranks at UCLA, Nebraska, Nevada, Buffalo and Sacramento State.

In his first season with Cal in 2020, the Bears’ offensive line had to deal with multiple games missed due to COVID-19 protocols during games at Oregon State and agaisnt Stanford. However, they took over in a 21-17 home victory of eventual Pac-12 champion Oregon in the season finale. The offense had two key long touchdown drives in the first half including the longest one in the Wilcox era that took 19 plays and 9:51 off the clock in a game in which the Bears had a decided advantage in both time of possession and total plays.

"Coach Musgrave and I were impressed with the knowledge Angus has on offensive line play," Cal head coach Justin Wilcox said when McClure was hired on January 10, 2020.. "He really has everything we were looking for. Angus brings a tremendous amount of coaching experience in general with much of it on the West Coast and is one of the top recruiters in college football. He also has a deep understanding of the Pac-12, as well as working and recruiting at a UC school, which will help him hit the ground running and be successful at Cal."

"I am excited to be joining a football program on the rise under Justin Wilcox's leadership and am looking forward to helping bring in student-athletes that will be the right fit at Cal," McClure said on the day he was hired. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me to work with an experienced group of talented offensive linemen and build upon the foundation that has been put in place over the last three seasons. It's also quite an honor to follow the legendary Steve Greatwood as Cal's offensive line coach."

McClure coached a total of three seasons at Nevada, working with the tight ends in 1996 before a two-year stint as offensive line coach and assistant head coach the past two campaigns in 2018 and 2019.

During his second stint at Nevada, he helped the Wolf Pack post back-to-back winning campaigns and play in a pair of bowl games (2019 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 2018 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl). McClure made an immediate impact with the Nevada offensive line in 2018 when the Wolf Pack boasted a 1.31 sacks allowed average that ranked 18th in the nation with a pair of honorable mention All-Mountain West linemen in Sean Krepsz and Jake Nelson leading the way.

In his first collegiate job at Nevada in 1996, the Wolf Pack earned the Big West Conference title, posted a 9-3 overall record, and won the Las Vegas Bowl. His tight ends produced a school-record 13 touchdowns and Nevada led the nation with 527.3 yards per game of total offense while topping the Big West in both rushing and passing.

McClure spent 11 seasons (1997-2007) under four head coaches at UCLA, where he started as the team's tight ends coach, and also served as the special teams coordinator and offensive line coach over five campaigns before coaching the defensive line for six. McClure also led the recruiting efforts which resulted in Bruin classes being ranked among the nation's top 20 during 10 of his 11 seasons.

McClure coached and recruited three first-round NFL Draft picks during his tenure in Westwood in Kenny Clark, Datone Jones and Takkarist McKinley, in addition to tutoring a number of other NFL players, including Jeff Baca, Jake Brendel, Nate Chandler, Kai Forbath, Cory Harkey, Mike Harris, Jeff Locke, Cassius Marsh, Kevin McDermott, Owa Odighizuwa, Logan Paulsen, Matthew Slater and Christian Yount.

Prior to his tenure at UCLA, McClure spent one season as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Buffalo in 2006. Running back James Starks was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News and selected by Green Bay in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, while offensive lineman Jamey Richard was taken by Indianapolis in the seventh round of the draft in 2008.

McClure spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons at Nebraska working with the squad's offensive tackles and special teams. The Cornhuskers defeated Michigan in the 2005 Alamo Bowl and McClure tutored a number of NFL-bound players including Sam Koch, Lydon Murtha, Chris Patrick and Matt Slauson.

Prior to his stint at Nebraska, McClure was an assistant head coach and offensive line coach for seven seasons at his alma mater Sacramento State (1997-2003), where he played a major role in record-breaking offenses that earned four Big Sky rushing titles (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002). During his tenure, the Hornets set 52 NCAA Division I-AA, Big Sky Conference, or school records. He coached 20 All-Big Sky conference honorees and had six of his student-athletes sign NFL contracts. A total of five Sacramento State players earned All-American honors and four were chosen to participate in college all-star games while he was with the Hornets.

McClure began his coaching career at McClatchy High School in Sacramento as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 1992-95 while also coaching the offensive line and tight ends.

In addition to his full-time coaching duties, McClure has served as a guest coach in several NFL training camps with Buffalo (2006, '07), Dallas (2013), San Diego (1997, 2011, '12), San Francisco (1996, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '02) and Seattle (1998).

McClure played football at Sacramento State from 1987-91 before graduating from the school with a bachelor's of arts degree in liberal studies in 1995. He was on the 1988 Hornet team that advanced to the NCAA Division II championship semifinals with the offense averaging 486.0 yards per game.

McClure was a four-sport letterwinner at San Rafael High School in football, basketball, baseball and boxing, as well as a team captain, and never had a losing season in any sport.

Andrew Browning

Andrew Browning

Defensive Line

Andrew Browning is in third season as the defensive line coach at Cal in 2021 and his fourth season with the program having first served in a quality control role on the defensive side of the ball with the Golden Bears in 2018. He has also been lauded as a top recruiter.

Browning's second Golden Bear defensive line in 2020 thrived despite coaching a thin group that featured a trio of players – Brett Johnson, JH Tevis and Zeandae Johnson – combining to make all but one start and taking the majority of snaps at the position. Johnson led the way among the trio with his 20 tackles ranking third overall on the team while Tevis added 18 and Zeandae Johnson contributed eight stops and after the collegiate season signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. Tevis led the defensive linemen with 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, while Brett Johnson had 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, and Zeandae Johnson 0.5 tackles for loss in a season abbreviated to four games by COVID-19.

Browning's first campaign as the defensive line coach at Cal in 2019 was highlighted by the performance of a unit that helped contribute to a significant uptick in sacks as the Bears were second in the Pac-12 and 21st nationally with an average of 2.77 per game to help the Bears reach a bowl and post a winning season for the second straight campaign for the first time the Bears had done both since 2008 and 2009. Browning got strong production from starters Luc Bequette, Brett Johnson and Zeandae Johnson, with the trio making a combined 34 starts. Bequette earned the team's Brick Muller Award as its Most Valuable Lineman and put up a career-high 52 tackles while adding 4.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Zeandae Johnson finished with career highs of 29 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors while also winning the team's Bob Tessier Award as its Most Improved Lineman in his first season as a starter. Zeandae Johnson also captured Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors in the Redbox Bowl. Brett Johnson was a third-team Freshman All-American and third-team All-Pac-12 selection by Pro Football Focus, earning Cal's Bob Simmons Award as the team's Most Valuable Freshman after contributing 26 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Browning is scheduled to have Tevis return in 2021 while Bequette is back at Cal for a potential seventh collegiate season in 2021 pending an NCAA waiver after playing at Boston College as a sixth-year senior in 2020. Brett Johnson suffered a season-ending injury in an automobile accident in the spring of 2021 that ended his 2021 season before it began but is slated to return in 2022. The Golden Bears also are expect strong play from several of its young players including Stanley McKenzie and Ricky Correia.

Prior to his arrival at in Berkeley, Browning was the defensive line coach at UTEP for five seasons (2013-17), where he tutored future NFL players James Davidson, Horace Miller and Roy Robertson-Harris.

Browning started his coaching career with three campaigns on the staff at his alma mater Boise State (2010-12), working in quality control (2010) and as a graduate assistant (2011-12) on the defensive side of the ball. During his three seasons, the Broncos combined for a 35-4 record while winning a share of Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference crowns in 2010 and 2011, picking up bowl victories at the 2010 and 2011 MAACO Bowl, and 2012 Las Vegas Bowl; and ranking in the final AP Top 25 all three seasons including a high of No. 8 in 2011.

Boise State held national top-15 rankings in scoring defense in 2010 (2nd, 12.8 ppg), 2011 (12th, 18.7 ppg) and 2012 (8th, 15.8 ppg), while its' total defense numbers each of the three seasons were in the top 20 – 2010 (2nd, 254.7 ypg), 2011 (16th, 320.9 ypg) and 2012 (13th, 315.6 ypg). The Broncos' defense produced 12 all-conference selections during the three-year span.

As a player, Browning earned first-team All-WAC and second-team Academic All-American honors from ESPN The Magazine as a 2006 senior at Boise State when he established career highs of 46 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks for the Broncos' 13-0 Fiesta Bowl championship team that ranked No. 5 in the final AP Top 25. He was a second-team All-WAC selection as a 2005 junior and earned honorable mention recognition during his 2004 sophomore season. Browning finished his four-year Boise State playing career that started as a 2003 walk-on freshman with 143 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks for teams that combined for a 46-6 record while playing in bowl games and winning at least a share of a conference title in each of his four campaigns and ranking in the final AP Top 25 on three occasions.

Browning pursued a professional football playing career and spent the 2008 season on the roster of the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League before moving into coaching.

Tre Watson

Tre Watson

Defensive Backs

Tre Watson is in his first season as the defensive backs coach at Cal in 2021. Watson, who was among a group of 30 coaches listed in 247Sports' "30Under30" last season, spent the 2020 campaign as the defensive backs coach at UNLV following two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at Oregon in 2018 and 2019.

"Tre is one the nation's top young coaches and rising fast in our profession," Cal head coach Justin Wilcox said upon Watson's hiring on March 5, 2021. "He brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the table. Tre has always impressed me with his work ethic, knowledge of the game and tremendous attitude ever since we coached him at Washington. He developed an excellent rapport with the student-athletes he worked with at Oregon and UNLV over the last three seasons, and he took advantage of a great opportunity he had to work closely with coach Heyward at Oregon. That helped him lay an excellent foundation for his coaching career."

Aristotle Thompson

Aristotle Thompson

Running Backs

Aristotle Thompson is in his second season as the running backs coach at Cal in 2021 after spending the previous 11 campaigns in the same role at Cal Poly.

Cal's running game showed tons of promise in his first season with the Golden Bears in 2020 despite only playing four games and being limited in practice time due to COVID-19. The Bears notched their best effort on the ground with a season-high 241 rushing yards against Stanford that were the most since the team compiled 305 at Oregon State in 2018. True freshman Damien Moore led the way against the Cardinal with a career-high 121 yards and one touchdown including a 54-yard run that was the team's longest play from the line of scrimmage in 2020. Moore was also the first Cal true freshman to rush more than 100 yards in the Big Game since Marshawn Lynch had 122 in 2004. Moore was an honorable mention selection for the Pac-12's Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.

The Bears offense largely due to the play of the running backs was able to keep control the football much of the time during those four contests with a 31:36 time of possession average that was fourth in the Pac-12 and 30th in the nation. Cal's offense was also a disciplined unit that helped the Bears lead the Pac-12 in per game averages for both fewest penalty yards (35.0) and penalties (4.5) while ranking fifth and tied for 12th nationally.

Cal will have 96% of its running backs with rushing yardage returning from the 2020 season back for 2021 with seniors Christopher Brooks (formerly Christopher Brown Jr.) and Marcel Dancy joining sophomores Moore and Chris Street. Also on the 2021 roster are sophomores DeCarlos Brooks and Ashton Stredick. All six looked strong during the team's 2021 spring practices and are expected to have an opportunity to contribute. Brown has rushed for 1127 career yards and 10 touchdowns over the past three seasons including 914 yards and eight scores as a 2019 sophomores before being limited by injuries in 2020. Dancy has 485 career yards and three scores on the ground while adding another 236 yards receiving on 31 catches also over the past three campaigns.

Cal Poly fielded a strong run game that featured at least one 1,000-yard rusher each of the past nine campaigns of Thompson's tenure and helped the Mustangs put together five consecutive winning seasons from 2010-14.

Thompson coached five FCS All-Americans that were named All-Americans in seven different seasons during his time at Cal Poly. Thompson also had one of his running backs recognized nationally or by the Big Sky for seven consecutive seasons.

Thompson and Cal head coach Wilcox worked together previously at Boise State, first in 2001 when Thompson was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Broncos and Wilcox was a graduate assistant in his first season in the coaching profession. The two teamed up again during the 2007 and 2008 seasons with Thompson the assistant director of football operations and Wilcox the defensive coordinator. The Broncos were 30-7 during their three seasons together in Boise and played in bowl games each of the final two years.

"I know first-hand the type of coach and person Aristotle is," Wilcox said when Thompson was hired on January 14, 2020. "He joins our program after spending more than a decade coaching and teaching at a strong academic institution like Cal Poly, and understanding that type of strong academic environment is important. He also has a long track record of developing running backs, and he is well-known and well-liked in recruiting circles, particularly on the West Coast."

"I am excited to become part of a tremendous coaching staff at Cal," Thompson said the day he was hired. "This is a program that has established a great culture over the last three years and I'll do everything I can to contribute to it."

Thompson was a four-year letterwinner as a running back at Boise State (1997-2000), helping the Broncos to their first two Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference championships with Big West titles in 1999 and 2000. Boise State also won the Humanitarian Bowl both seasons with victories over Louisville (1999) and UTEP (2000).

Thompson earned a bachelor's of arts degree in social sciences with an emphasis in criminal justice from Boise State in 2001 and is a 1996 graduate of Jesuit High School in Portland.

Burl Toler III

Burl Toler III

Wide Receivers

Burl Toler III is in his seventh season on the coaching or football staff at his alma mater Cal in 2021, as well as his fourth as a full-time coach and his third working with the wide receivers. His first full-time coaching job with the Golden Bears was as the running backs coach in 2018, while he got into coaching after spending three seasons as a quality control assistant mostly working with special teams from 2013-15. He was also a four-year letterwinner as a wide receiver for the Golden Bears from 2001-04.

Toler has coached Cal's top two active career receiving leaders each of the last two seasons with 2020 honorable mention All-Pac-12 selections Nikko Remigio (59-665, 5 TD) and Kekoa Crawford (55-794, 5 TD) combining for 114 catches, 1459 yards receiving and 10 touchdown grabs over their Cal careers. Toler will have 10 of 12 wide receivers who had at least one reception in 2020 returning

Crawford, who spent two seasons at Michigan (2016-17) before arriving at Cal in 2019, paced the Bears in a 2020 season abbreviated to four games by COVID-19 with career highs of 19 receptions and 272 yards receiving, while also adding a career-high-tying two touchdown receptions. Remigio had his best collegiate numbers as a 2019 sophomore when he led Cal with 38 receptions for 513 yards while adding three touchdown grabs. Trevon Clark and Monroe Young are the other returning receivers on the 2021 roster who have had catches in their collegiate careers, while the Bears have big expectations for five receivers who were true freshman in 2020 in Justin Richard Baker, Tommy Christakos, Jeremiah Hunter, Aidan Lee and Mason Mangum, as well as a pair in the 2021 recruiting class that are among the nation's top 200 players overall in J.Michael Sturdivant (No. 104, ESPN) and Mavin Anderson (No. 196, 247Sports),

During Toler's one season as the Bears' running backs coach in 2018 he tutored currrent Miami Dolphin running back Patrick Laird, who finished his Cal career with 2153 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns on the ground. Laird also caught more passes in his Cal career than any running back in school history with 99 receptions for 608 yards with five touchdowns. Laird also racked up the honors as a 2018 senior under Toler when he ran for 961 yards to finish just 39 from becoming only the third Cal player to ever amass a pair of 1000-yard rushing seasons and joining Marshawn Lynch and Russell White in the elite group. Laird did become the first Cal player since Lynch to rush for over 100 yards twice in the Big Game in back-to-back seasons in 2017 and 2018. His 51 receptions as a senior were also a single-season school record for a running back. Laird captured a multitude of honors for his accomplishments on and off the field highlighted by his second-team Senior All-American pick by the Senior CLASS Award, his spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, and his selections as one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy and a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy.

Toler spent the 2017 season as the wide receivers coach at UC Davis, and one of his charges, Keelan Doss, led all FCS and FBS schools in receptions (115), per-game receptions (10.5 rpg) and yards receiving (136.3 ypg), while his 1,499 total yards receiving led all FCS receivers. Doss earned consensus first-team All-America and Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors while being a finalist for the Walter Payton Award given annually to the nation's top FCS player. Wide receiver Marcus Cummins also earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors under Toler's tutelage in 2017.

In 2016, Toler served as the wide receivers coach at Fresno State, helping three wideouts to at least 45 catches and 630 yards receiving each, with current NFL player KeeSean Johnson ranking third in the Mountain West Conference by totaling 5.5 receptions per game.

Toler filled several different roles during his first three seasons on the football staff from 2013-15 as the special teams quality control assistant all three seasons, while also working with the wide receivers in 2014 and the running backs in 2015 when Cal won the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Toler was a four-year letterwinner as a wide receiver at Cal from 2001-04. After starting his playing days with the Bears as a walk on, he helped his team to an Insight Bowl victory and a Holiday Bowl appearance in his final two seasons. He compiled career totals of 69 receptions, 873 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Toler was Cal's second-leading receiver at Cal as a 2003 junior with 48 catches for 609 yards receiving to go along with three scoring grabs. He completed his junior campaign by hauling in a team-high six passes for 84 yards in a 52-49 victory over Virginia Tech in the Insight Bowl.

Toler graduated from Cal in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in social welfare and a concentration in sociology.

Following his collegiate playing career, he spent time in the NFL on the rosters of the Oakland Raiders (2006) and the then Washington Redskins (2007-08). He also played in NFL Europe (Cologne), the Italian Football League (Bologna), the Canadian Football League (Hamilton) and Arena League (Orlando, San Antonio, San Jose) before retiring as a player in 2013.

Toler's family has a deep connection to Cal and the Bay Area. His father, Burl Toler Jr., was a four-year letterwinner as a linebacker for the Bears from 1974-77 and a team captain as a senior in 2977. His mother, Susan, is a Cal graduate, as are his brother, Cameron, and sisters, Pita and Laureina. Cameron, was a member of the Cal football program from 2004-07, while Pita and Laureina were on the Cal track and field team, and Pita recently worked at Cal as a member of the athletic development staff. Burl has another sister, Christianna, who is an artist in New York. In addition, his grandfather, the late Burl Toler Sr., played on the legendary unbeaten 1951 University of San Francisco football team that refused to accept an Orange Bowl bid because it didn't include the team's two black players and later became the first African-American official in the NFL before spending 25 seasons in the role from 1965-89.

Geep Chryst

Geep Chryst

Tight Ends

Chryst was an NFL offensive coordinator at San Diego (1999-2000) and in the final campaign of a five-year run with San Francisco (2011-15) after coaching 49ers' quarterbacks in the first four. He also coached tight ends at Carolina for five seasons (2006-10) and had two stints with Arizona (1996-98, 2001-03) coaching tight ends his first season with the Cardinals in 1996 and quarterbacks his final five. Chryst started his NFL career in Chicago (1991-95) working in quality control and as the Director of Research.

Chryst began his coaching career in the collegiate ranks in 1987 as the quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin-Platteville. He was also an offensive graduate assistant at Wisconsin for one season in 1988 and spent two campaigns at Wyoming coaching the offensive line (1989) and quarterbacks (1990) before moving on to the NFL.

Chryst comes a strong football and athletics family that includes his father George Chryst (Wisconsin-Platteville head football coach and athletic director, Wisconsin football offensive line); brothers Paul and Rick Chryst (Wisconsin football head coach; former Mid-American Conference Commissioner); and sons Keller and Jackson Chryst (college quarterbacks at Stanford/Tennessee; Oregon State).

Keith Heyward

Keith Heyward

Outside Linebacker

Keith Heyward is in his first season as the outside linebackers coach at Cal in 2021. Heyward has spent 14 of his first 16 seasons as a collegiate coach in the Pac-12 with four different conference programs before arrival at Cal including his most recent position as the assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach for back-to-back Pac-12 champions Oregon. He was the Ducks' safeties coach for four seasons (2017-20) while adding co-defensive coordinator duties for his last three campaigns at Oregon and assistant head coach for the final two.

Heyward started his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant on the defensive side of the ball at his alma mater Oregon State (2005-06) as he worked with the defensive line in his first season and cornerbacks in his second before taking his first full-time coaching gig as the linebackers coach at Cal Poly (2007). He came back to Oregon State as the defensive backs coach for four seasons (2008-11) before back-to-back two-year gigs in the same position at Washington (2012-13) and USC (2014-15). Heyward also had a passing game coordinator title on the defensive staff with the Trojans.

Wilcox was the defensive coordinator at both Washington and USC during Heyward's stints, while Wilcox and Heyward played against each other collegiately in each of Heyward's first three campaigns with the Beavers and Wilcox's final three with Oregon (1997-99).

Charlie Ragle

Charlie Ragle

Special Teams Coordinator

Charlie Ragle is in his fifth season as Cal's special teams coordinator in 2021 and his third campaign in that role exclusively after also coaching tight ends in his first two campaigns. He is the lone remaining coach from Justin Wilcox's first Cal staff in 2017.

The Golden Bears have compiled a long list of accomplishments and signature victories during Ragle's first four seasons in Berkeley including back-to-back winning seasons and bowl games in 2018 and 2019 both for the first time since 2008 and 2009. Cal has also won four games over the last three seasons that have knocked off a combination of five reigning and current Pac-12 champions in 2018 at USC (2017 champion) and Washington (2018 champion), 2019 at Washington (2018 champion) and 2020 against Oregon (2019 and 2020 champion). In addition, the Bears have produced victories over all five schools in the Pac-12 North and been victorious in road games at all three of their Pac-12 opponents in California, ending droughts that dated back to 2000 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and 2009 at both the Rose Bowl and Stanford Stadium. Cal has also taken down a top-20 team in each of Ragle’s first four seasons with victories over No. 8/9 Washington State (2017), against No. 15/13 Washington (2018), at No. 14/12 Washington (2019) and vs. No. 23/21/20 Oregon (2020). In addition, Cal is a perfect 9-0 mark in non-conference regular-season games including four wins against Power 5 schools.

Ragle's development of a large group of specialists and returners over the past four years has played a significant role in the team's success with kick returner Ashtyn Davis, punt returner/kick returner Nikko Remigio, punters Steven Coutts and Jamieson Sheahan, placekickers Matt Anderson, Greg Thomas and Dario Longhetto, and long snapper Slater Zellers playing key roles. Coutts (Louisiana) and Thomas (City College of San Francisco, Arizona State) both came to Cal as transfers, while Sheahan was an Australian Rules Football player who had never punted in an American football game before his arrival at Cal prior to the 2020 campaign.

In Ragle's first season at Cal in 2017, Anderson was the Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, in addition to earning CoSIDA Academic All-District® and second-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors, both for a second straight season. Anderson ranked second in the Pac-12 and tied for 11th nationally with his 1.67 field goals made per game in his final collegiate campaign, making 20-of-27 field goals and finishing his career with a flurry by converting 9-of-11 field goals in his final three contests. He finished with a team-high 95 points, adding 35-of-36 extra points. In addition, Anderson's longest career field goal came in his final campaign when he connected from 52 yards out late in the fourth quarter against Arizona to send the contest into overtime. Anderson is Cal's all-time career leader in points (316) and field goals (60), picking up the points mark in the third to last game of his career and the field goals number in his final collegiate contest.

Coutts had a strong 2018 junior season when he claimed Cal's J. Scott Duncan Award after Davis had won it the previous two campaigns and was also an honorable mention All-Pac-12 choice who helped the Bears to a tremendous field position advantage on numerous occasions, pinning opponents inside their own 20-yard line 37 times to lead the nation while having only two touchbacks. Coutts was a semifinalist for the prestigious Campbell Trophy also commonly known as the academic Heisman as a 2019 senior.

Davis was one of the nation's top kick returners under Ragle from 2017-19 over his last three seasons at Cal, combining for 1604 yards and one touchdown on 70 kick returns to finish his career ranked second on the school's all-time lists in both kick returns and kick return yards while he led the Bears in both categories all three seasons. He is also tied for third all-time at Cal with his single kick return touchdown. Davis earned Cal's J. Scott Duncan Award as the squad's Most Valuable Special Teams Player during both his 2016 freshman and 2017 sophomore seasons, ranking ninth nationally in kick return yards and 14th in combined kick return yards with 826 as a 2017 sophomore when he was credited with 39 of Cal's 46 kickoff returns with the 39 kick returns co-leading the nation. He scored his lone career kick return touchdown as a 2018 junior with a career-long 89-yarder against Idaho State and significantly improved his average to a career-high 26.2 yards per return mark that was third in the Pac-12 and 17th nationally on 24 kick returns for 629 yards. Davis was used more sparingly as a kick returner as a 2019 senior when he blossomed into a second-team All-Pac-12 selection at safety and was also a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy given annually to the nation's top former walk-on, as well as the winner of Cal's Joe Roth Award for his courage, attitude and sportsmanship. In addition, he was Cal's first player selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.

Remigio, a third-team preseason All-Pac-12 punt returner of Athlon and Phil Steele in 2020, has flashed the potential to be an elite punt returner over his first three seasons at Cal with 34 returns for 274 yards and an average of 11.0 yards per return. His punt returns included a career-long 46 yarder in his first collegiate contest against Idaho State as a 2018 true freshman, as well as a 32-yarder against North Texas and a 28-yarder against UC Davis with the latter two both as a 2019 sophomore.

Thomas also had the first of two consecutive solid seasons in his first campaign as Cal's placekicker during his 2018 junior season, making 12-of-17 field goals and all 32 of his extra-point attempts for a team-best 68 points. He followed that by connecting on 11-of-17 field goals and 33-of-34 extra-point attempts to total 66 points and rank second on the team as a 2019 senior.

Sheahan and Longhetto took over for Coutts and Thomas at punter and placekicker during a 2020 season that was shortened to four games by COVID-19 and held their own. Longhetto made 4-of-5 field goal attempts including a 52-yarder at Oregon State that was the longest by a Pac-12 in 2020 as well as by a Cal player since Anderson also had a 52-yarder against Arizona in 2017, while Sheahan averaged 39.9 yards per punt.

Ragle recruited Zellers to come to Cal when the Scottsdale native was widely considered to be the top long snapper in the class of 2018, ranking No. 1 by Kohl's Professional Camps and ESPN as well as in the top three nationally according to several other organizations. After redshirting as a 2018 true freshman, Zellers has delivered in his first two seasons in the role at Cal in 2019 by playing in all 17 games possible and making every snap on punts, field goals and PATs without a single one going errant.

Ragle also coached Dylan Klumph, who posted the ninth-highest single-season punt average under his tutelage in 2017 with a 43.0 mark. Klumph finished his Cal career second on the school's all-time list with a 43.9 career mark.

In addition, Ragle has also been instrumental in Cal's recruiting efforts that have improved each season and ranked as high as No. 3 in the Pac-12 and No. 20 nationally according to ESPN for the incoming 2021 class with the rankings Cal's highest since 2011 when the Bears were No. 15 according to 247Sports and No. 18 vy Rivals. Prior to the 2021 recruiting results, Cal had improved in 2020 to No. 5 in the Pac-12 and No. 30 nationally according to Rivals. Ragle also played a key role in helping the Bears sign six players from Arizona in its 2019 class.

Prior to joining the Bears, Ragle worked in the state of Arizona for much of his career including five collegiate seasons at Arizona from 2012-16 with the final four also spent as the Wildcats' special teams coordinator and tight ends coach after joining the Arizona staff as the assistant director of operations in 2012. Arizona reached bowl games in each of Ragle’s first four seasons and also picked up a trio of post-season victories. During his tenure in Tucson, Ragle was instrumental in the development of both 2014 Sports Illustrated honorable mention All-American and two-time second-team All-Pac-12 punter Drew Riggleman, as well as a trio of reliable placekickers in Josh Pollack, Casey Skowron and Jake Smith.

Ragle’s top recruits at Arizona included Keenan Walker and Michael Eletise, who ranked as ESPN’s No. 8 offensive tackle and No. 9 offensive guard in the 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes. Walker was also ESPN’s No. 91 player overall while Eletise checked in at No. 161. In addition, Ragle recruited Trevor Wood, who ranked as ESPN’s No. 13 tight end in the class of 2014 and later signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as current Kansas City Chiefs' safety Will Parks, who was a sixth-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos out of Arizona, and in addition to the Broncos has played in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.

In his final season at Arizona in 2016, Ragle’s unit ranked in the top 35 nationally in kickoff return defense for the third time in four seasons and also did not allow a blocked kick or punt for the second straight campaign as one of only 10 teams to accomplish that feat.

Arizona’s 45-37 victory over New Mexico at the 2015 New Mexico Bowl was the Wildcats’ fourth straight bowl appearance and also capped a fourth consecutive winning campaign. Riggleman was second in the Pac-12 and 11th nationally with a 45.3 yards per punt average, while Arizona was second in the conference and 12th nationally in net punting (40.56 ypg). Skowron connected on 18-of-22 field goal attempts for an 81.8 field goal percentage that was the second-best in Arizona history and included an impressive 7-of-9 (77.8%) showing between 40 and 49 yards while scoring a team-high 113 points.

Special teams were crucial to the Wildcats’ success in 2014 when Arizona won 10 or more games for the first time since 1998, finishing with a 10-4 overall record, winning the Pac-12 South title and playing in the Fiesta Bowl. Arizona led the Pac-12 and ranked 27th nationally in kickoff return defense (18.95 ypr) while also placing among the nation’s top 30 in net punting (39.79 ypp, No. 20) and punt returns (10.24 ypr, No. 28). Riggleman was second in the Pac-12 and fourth nationally with a 46.1 yards per punt average that was the second-highest in school history. Skowron made 20 of his 28 field goal attempts and was successful on all 57 of his extra points to set a school record while also adding a rushing touchdown on a fake field goal against Washington for a kicker school-record 123 points that led the Pac-12 and ranked seventh nationally. In addition, Cayleb Jones (kickoff) and Davonte’ Neal (punt) both had touchdowns in the return game.

In his first season as Arizona’s special teams coordinator in 2013, the Wildcats ranked tied for 11th nationally in punt return defense (3.33 ypr) and 27th in kickoff return defense (19.54 ypr) with numbers that were second and third in the Pac-12.

Prior to his five-year run in Tucson, Ragle was the head coach and shared Director of Athletics duties at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale for five seasons from 2007-11, where he coached future NFL players Taylor Lewan, Wes Schweitzer and Kyle Williams. Chaparral won state championships during each of his final three campaigns while compiling a remarkable 63-7 record over the span including an unbeaten 14-0 mark in 2010 when the Firebirds finished No. 24 in MaxPreps’ final Xcellent 25 rankings.

Ragle was also the defensive coordinator at Chaparral for one season in 2005 before serving for one campaign as a graduate assistant at Arizona State for a team featuring Williams that played in the 2006 Hawai’i Bowl.

Ragle started his coaching career with a five-year stint (2000-04) as the defensive coordinator at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix highlighted by an unbeaten 14-0 team that won the state 4-A title in his final campaign in 2004.

Ragle was a three-year starting running back and kick returner at Eastern New Mexico before graduating from the school in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in history. He was a two-time All-State selection at Animas High School as both a running back and safety as well as New Mexico’s 100 and 200-meter champion in track and field.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Johnson has spent the past 11 seasons on strength & conditioning staffs at FBS schools and in the NFL including the last three campaigns as the director of strength & conditioning at Arizona (2018-20), where he heavily implemented sports science while also working as a liaison between the football program and the university's Center for Innovation in Brain Science.

Johnson started his career as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Florida State (2010-11) before being hired as the head strength & conditioning coach at Akron at the age of 27. Johnson spent the offseason prior to the 2012 campaign at Akron before his alma mater, LSU, came calling. He spent three seasons as the assistant strength & conditioning coordinator with the Tigers (2012-14) then held similar roles with the San Francisco 49ers (2015-16) and at Texas A&M (2017).

"Brian will be a tremendous asset to our football program," Wilcox said. "He has been an integral part of several top football strength & conditioning programs over the past decade at the highest levels of collegiate and professional football, and that experience will allow him to hit the ground running. His ability to develop and motivate our student-athletes through hard work and character building in addition to his scientific and data-driven approach align well with the philosophy of our football program."

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