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Justin Wilcox

Justin Wilcox

Head Coach

Justin Wilcox is in his sixth season in 2022 as the Travers Family Head Football Coach at Cal. This past January, Wilcox signed a contract extension through the 2027 season.

"I appreciate the opportunity to be the head football coach at Cal and am excited about the future of our program," Wilcox said in the announcement. "I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute I have spent with the extraordinary young men who have been in our program. We are in a great position and strongly aligned with our university thanks to the leadership of Chancellor Carol Christ and Jim Knowlton. I thank both of them for their continued trust and confidence in me to lead a football program that will make the entire Cal community proud. We have very high expectations. I think we've earned the right to expect more, and that's exactly what we're going to do."

"Justin Wilcox is a football coach who shares our values and vision, and we want to ensure that he is the leader of our program for the long term," Cal Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton added. "He is a great fit for Cal Athletics and our university, with a philosophy that places an emphasis on developing young men on the field, in the classroom and as people. I am confident our fans and alumni share my enthusiasm for the direction of our program, and the level of success we have seen to date has set a foundation for sustained excellence in the future."

Wilcox has compiled a long list of accomplishments and signature wins in his first five seasons including landmark victories over Stanford and USC in the final month of his most recent campaign in 2021. The victory over the Trojans in Cal's 2021 season finale was the Golden Bears' first home win over USC since 2003 but its' second in the last four seasons under Wilcox, who also led Cal to a road victory over the Trojans at USC in 2018. The back-to-back road wins in the Big Game at Stanford in 2019 and 2021 made Wilcox only the fifth Cal head coach to be victorious at least twice in a row on The Farm and one of only two in the last 70 years along with Jeff Tedford since Pappy Waldorf won three straight from 1947-51.

Cal came on strong to end the 2021 campaign with four victories in its final six contests including arguably its most impressive performance of the season in a 41-11 Big Game win that marked Cal's largest margin of victory against Stanford since 2004. Cal had a Big Game record 636 total yards in the contest including 352 on the ground that were the most by the Bears since 2008. The 2021 Cal offense was both capable of producing big numbers that included over 500 total yards of offense three times (at Stanford, 534 vs. Sacramento State, 517 vs. Oregon State) and more than 200 yards rushing on four occasions (352 at Stanford, 255 vs. Oregon State, 246 vs. Sacramento State, 213 vs. Colorado), as well as taking care of the football with its 10 turnovers the fewest ever by a Cal team playing a full schedule with the previous low 13 by Wilcox's 2019 squad. Cal lost only two fumbles in 2021 to rank tied for second nationally and lead the Pac-12 for fewest fumbles. The Bears also ranked second in the Pac-12 and 11th nationally in turnover margin (+10, 0.83), while its turnovers of 10 turnovers lost were second in the Pac-12 and tied for seventh nationally. Fourth-year starting quarterback Chase Garbers, as well offensive linemen Matthew Cindric, Ben Coleman and McKade Mettauer earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors from the league's coaches.

Wilcox's defense improved throughout the 2021 season and held four of its last six opponents to 14 points or less. The Bears finished the campain second in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (22.2 ppg), fourth in total defense (366.7 ypg) and in the top half of the league in nearly every category. Elijah Hicks led the way as a consensus first-team All-Pac-12 pick who had career highs of four forced fumbles and three interceptions.with his forced fumbles and 0.33 forced fumbles per game (#T11 NCAA) co-leading the Pac-12 while his interceptions tied for third in the conference. Wilcox coached a third-team All-American in Elijah Hicks and a pair of safeties that earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors from Pro Football Focus in Hicks and Daniel Scott. Hicks was also a first-team All-Pac-12 defensive back of the league's coaches, the winner of the Pop Warner College Football Award, and a semifinalist for the prestigious Campbell Trophy and Jason Witten College Man of the Year among many honors. Hicks notched 72 tackles while co-leading the Pac-12 with a career-high four forced fumbles and 0.33 fumbles per game (T#11 NCAA). He also had three interceptions to tie for third in the conference. Scott was among Pac-12 leaders in solo tackles (team-high 60, #T2), interceptions (team-high-tying 3, #T3) and total tackles (team-high 82, #10 Pac-12) with all three career bests. Watson was also responsible for the development of true freshman cornerback Lu-Magia Hearns III, who finished with team highs of 10 pass breakups and 11 passes deflected, and coached sixth-year senior cornerback Josh Drayden to the final 12 games played (all starts) on his way to a school-record 55 career games played. Cal had four players earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors on the defensive side of the ball in linebacker Marqez Bimage, outside linebacker Cameron Goode, Hearns and defensive lineman JH Tevis. Goode led the Pac-12 in sacks with 0.68 per game and total 7.5 to finish his career eighth on Cal's all-time list with 21.5 (-132 yards).

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. Cal was the only team to blank the Ducks for a half in 2019 or 2020 and did it twice, adding a first-half shutout of the high-powered offense in Eugene in 2019. Kuony Deng forced a pair of fourth-quarter fumbles to earn his first-ever Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors in the 2020 victory, while Goode registered 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 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 Garbers to Nikko Remigio followed by Dario Longhetto's extra point.

Wilcox previously led Cal to back-to-back winning campaigns and bowl games in 2018 and 2019 for the first time since 2008 and 2009, as well as produced four victories that knocked off a combination of five reigning and current Pac-12 champions. In 2018, the Bears beat USC (2017 champion) and Washington (2018 champion), then took down defending 2018 champion Washington again in 2019, and in 2020 won over an Oregon squad that had cpatured the Pac-12 crown in both 2019 and 2020. In addition to the road wins at USC and Stanford in 2018 and 2019 that ended droughts that dated back to 2000 at United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and 2009 at Stanford Stadium, the Bears' 2019 victory over UCLA was their first over the Bruins in the Rose Bowl in a decade. In addition, the Bears took down a top-20 team in each of Wilcox’s first four seasons with victories over No. 8/9 Washington State (2017), No. 15/13 Washington (2018), No. 14/12 Washington (2019) and No. 23/21/20 Oregon (2020). Wilcox’s teams are also 10-2 in non-conference regular-season games including a 4-1 record against Power 5 schools.

Wilcox began the 2019 season with four straight wins to move the Bears into the No. 15 spot in the AP Top 25 and No. 16 in the Coaches Poll. The victories included road wins at then-No. 14/12 Washington and Ole Miss, with the latter the first road triumph by a Pac-12 school at an SEC foe since 2010. The two signature victories 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 defense that allowed only 21.9 points per game and ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in both scoring defense and total defense (389.9 ypg). 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 then-school record for the fewest giveaways in a full season that was later broken by the 2021 team. 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 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 guided the Bears to the Cheez-It Bowl and a 7-6 overall record in his second campaign in 2018 with the bowl appearance Cal's first in three seasons and first in a Pac-12 affiliated bowl since 2011. Cal reached a high point of 7-4 after winning four of five Pac-12 games in one stretch, highlighted by signature victories over eventual Pac-12 champion and then-No. 15/13 Washington as well as at USC with the victory over the Trojans clinching bowl eligibility. Cal also started the season with a 3-0 mark and in Week 5 made its first appearance since 2015 in the AP Top 25 at No. 24.

Cal’s defense finished the 2018 campaign 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. T6 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 15th nationally in total defense (317.2 ypg) and 22nd in scoring defense (20.4 ppg), while finishing third in the Pac-12 in both categories.

Weaver (Pro Football Focus) and Jordan Kunaszyk (Sports Illustrated) earned second-team All-American honors and paced the nation with a total of 307 tackles between them that are the most ever in a campaign by a Cal duo in 2018. Weaver's 159 tackles were the second highest total in the nation and at the time tied for second on Cal's all-time single-season list until he surpassed the total in 2019 to move his 2018 final number down a spot. Kunaszyk's 148 tackles were the fourth-highest single-season total in school history at the time and fifth nationally. Weaver's 12.2 stops per game were sixth in the nation while Kunaszyk's 11.4 were ninth with Weaver and Kunaszyk ranking second and third, respectively, in the Pac-12 in both total tackles and tackles per game as the duo combined for 34.3 percent of Cal's total tackles. Jaylinn Hawkins led the Pac-12 and tied for third nationally with his six interceptions including three in the Cheez-It Bowl to earn Defensive Player of the Game honors and a spot on Sports Illustrated's All-Bowl squad.

Patrick Laird led the 2018 offense and finished 39 yards from becoming only the third Cal player to ever amass a pair of 1000-yard rushing seasons. He did become the first Cal player since Marshawn Lynch to rush for over 100 yards twice in the Big Game with his second consecutive 100-yard rushing contest against Stanford and also had more receptions in a season than any running back in school history with a team-high 51. Laird captured a multitude of honors for his accomplishments on and off the field highlighted by his selection as a second-team Senior All-American by the Senior CLASS Award, his spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, and his selections as one of three national finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy and a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy.

The highlights of Wilcox's first season as the head coach in Berkeley in 2017 included a 3-0 start and non-conference wins over Power 5 programs North Carolina and Ole Miss, as well as a 37-3 victory over then No. 8/9 Washington State in an ESPN nationally-televised Friday night home game. The victory against the Cougars snapped Cal's 17-game losing streak to top-10 teams, was the Bears' first victory against a top-10 team since 2003 and only its second top-10 win dating back to 1977. Cal finished 5-7 overall in Wilcox's first season as the head coach at Cal and added a Pac-12 victory over Oregon State while taking three conference squads down to the final moments before falling by a combined total of seven points to Arizona, and on the road in its final two games of the season at UCLA and Stanford.

Much of the 2017 team’s success came from its big-play ability on defense. Cal ranked among the nation’s top defenses for much of the season in nearly every category related to turnovers before finishing among the nation's best in defensive touchdowns (4, No. 21T NCAA), fumbles recovered (10, No. 27T), turnovers gained (24, No. 29T) and passes intercepted (14, No. 32T). Cal’s seven takeaways against Washington State equaled the second-most by an FBS team in 2017 with the Bears’ 9.0 sacks in the contest the most by a Cal team since 2005. The 2017 Cal defense had better total numbers and rankings than the 2016 squad in 14 of the primary 15 team defensive statistics tracked by the NCAA. Even more impressive was the Bears’ average improvement in the national rankings of just under 40 spots per category in those 15 defensive statistical categories..

Ross Bowers, Laird, Kanawai Noa and Vic Wharton III led Cal’s 2017 offense with Bowers throwing for 3039 yards to rank sixth on the Bears’ all-time single-season list and Laird (1127 yards, 8 TD) becoming the 16th Cal player to rush for 1000 or more yards in a season, while Wharton III (67-871, 5 TD) and Noa (56-788, 4 TD) were the top two receivers.

Cal football student-athletes have also had success in the classroom throughout Wilcox's tenure. The program announced its highest Graduation Success Rate ever at 84 percent in December of 2021, according to data released by the NCAA. Cal has also recorded its top score in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate and its highest team grade-point average under Wilcox. In addition, 60 Golden Bears have been named to the last two Pac-12 Academic Honor Rolls since it's inception in 2020 including 31 in the most recent edition in 2021. Matt Anderson was the Pac-12's Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017 before Michael Saffell won the prestigious award in 2020.

Fan support for the Bears has also increased since Wilcox became the team's head coach. Student attendance nearly doubled from 2017 to 2018, and student ticket purchases where higher in 2021 than they had been in the past 10 years. In addition, Cal fans had a 95% season-ticket renewal rate for 2021 compared to the 2019 campaign.

Wilcox has also played a significant role in several recent gifts that have benefited the Cal football program.

Wilcox was instrumental in securing a seven-figure gift to the school's football program from former Cal quarterback, two-time reigning NFL AP MVP and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers in 2019 with the gift used to renovate the football locker room and create the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship that is now awarded annually to a junior college transfer like Rodgers, who came to Cal after one season at Butte College near his hometown of Chico. In 2021, the Travers Family committed $7.5 million to endow the Travers Family Head Football Coach position and Paul White gave $1.5 million to fund the Paul F. White Innovation and Wellness Center.

Wilcox's players have also been active in the community with Laird's 2018 selection the first of three consecutive seasons in which Cal had a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. Laird was followed on the team by Marcel Dancy in 2019 and Elijah Hicks in 2020. Laird earned a spot in the prestigious group primarily for his work on the Patrick Laird Summer Reading Challenge, which was later picked up by Michael Saffell, while Dancy was honored for his efforts as a volunteer coach for the Oakland Dynamites Youth Football and Cheer squad, and Hicks for his fundraising efforts that netted over $60,000 for families affected by COVID-19. Saffell was a finalist for the 2020 Wuerffel Trophy while Hicks was the winner of the 2021 Pop Warner College Football Award, a two-time semifinalist in 2020 and 2021 for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award as well as a 2021 Wuerffel Trophy semifinalist.

Wilcox made his objectives clear at his opening press conference shortly after he was hired on January 14, 2017.

"The goal here is pretty simple," Wilcox said. "It is to consistently compete for championships, graduate our student-athletes and leave them with a fulfilling experience in Berkeley. The type of student-athlete we want at Cal is smart and tough. We want student-athletes that will play football at a high level and also succeed in the classroom at the top public institution in the world. Recruiting players that come from winning programs and know how to win is important. They will help us to build and maintain a winning culture."

Wilcox and his staff emphasize the importance of recruiting their own backyard.

"There are a large number of student-athletes in our own geographic footprint that fit our profile athletically and academically, and we have had a lot of success attracting many of them to Cal," Wilcox said. "Being successful recruiting your backyard is important for so many reasons. There are so many Cal alumni in our area that want to support our program and our student-athletes when they attend Cal, and having student-athletes from their communities in our program will help them connect with our university."

"We are proud to have Justin Wilcox as our head football coach," 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."

Prior to becoming Cal's head coach, Wilcox spent the previous 11 seasons as a defensive coordinator at Boise State (2006-09), Tennessee (2010-11), Washington (2012-13), USC (2014-15) and Wisconsin (2016). Over his first 21 seasons in collegiate coaching, Wilcox has been a member of staffs that have gone to 16 bowl games, won five conference or division championships and compiled an all-time record of 175-83 (.678).

In his most recent position before becoming Cal's head coach, Wilcox helped a 2016 Wisconsin team to an 11-3 overall record and a No. 9 ranking in the final Associated Press Top 25 in addition to the Cotton Bowl win as the team’s defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach. The Badgers also captured the Big Ten West Division with a 7-2 league mark. At Wisconsin, Wilcox inherited a defense that had to replace five of 11 starters, and was still able to produce one of the most effective units in the nation. The Badgers ranked among the country’s top 10 in five key categories – rushing defense (98.8 ypg, No. 3), third-down conversion defense (27.9%, No. 4), scoring defense (15.6 ppg, No. 4), total defense (301.4 ypg, No. 7) and passing efficiency defense (106.91, No. 10, 106.91) – despite facing a schedule that featured seven nationally ranked opponents. Linebacker T.J. Watt was named a first-team All-American by ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated, as well as first-team All-Big Ten, while linebacker T.J. Edwards was selected the Defensive MVP of the Cotton Bowl.

Wilcox was also instrumental to the success of Washington and USC in four previous seasons as a defensive coordinator in the Pac-12.

The Trojans won the Pac-12 South title in 2015 and made a second consecutive appearance in the Holiday Bowl, leading the conference in third-down conversion defense and scoring five defensive touchdowns (No. 3 NCAA). In 2014, USC’s defense ranked among the nation’s top 20 in turnover margin, red zone defense and third-down conversion defense.

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 season ranked 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. Washington played in the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl and 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl.

Wilcox also spent two seasons as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator (2010-11) and four campaigns as the defensive coordinator at Boise State (2006-09). The Broncos went 49-4 during his time in the role at Boise State while leading the Western Athletic Conference in scoring defense and total defense each season.

In 2009, Wilcox guided Boise State to a No. 14 ranking in both total defense and scoring defense as well as a No. 3 showing in turnover margin. The Broncos opened the season with a 19-8 win over eventual Pac-12 champion Oregon and closed the campaign with a 17-10 victory over previously undefeated TCU in the Fiesta Bowl while winning their third Western Athletic Conference title in four seasons with Wilcox as defensive coordinator and fourth in his six seasons on the staff (2002, 2006, 2008, 2009).

Boise State’s 2008 squad posted a 12-1 record with Wilcox’s defense ranked third nationally in scoring defense, allowing only 12.6 points per game and holding eight of 13 opponents to 10 points or fewer.

The Broncos also led the WAC in rushing defense in both 2006 and 2007. Boise State was No. 8 nationally against the run during Wilcox’s 2006 debut season as defensive coordinator, and his overall defensive scheme was instrumental in helping the 2006 squad to a 13-0 record and an overtime victory against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

Wilcox spent three seasons as Cal’s linebackers coach from 2003-05 in his first position as a full-time coach following two campaigns as a graduate assistant at Boise State (2001-02). The Bears posted a 26-12 record during his first stint in Berkeley with trips to the Insight, Holiday and Las Vegas bowls.

A 1999 graduate of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, Wilcox is the son of Dave Wilcox, a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker who played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1964-74. His uncle, John (Philadelphia Eagles, 1960), and brother, Josh (New Orleans Saints, 1998-99), also played in the NFL.

As a collegiate student-athlete, Wilcox was a safety and cornerback at Oregon (1996-99), helping the Ducks to bowl games (1997 Las Vegas Bowl, 1998 Aloha Bowl, 1999 Sun Bowl) in each of his final three seasons. In 1999, he was named second-team All-Pac-10 and also earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors.

Justin Wilcox File
Birthdate: November 12, 1976
Hometown: Junction City, Oregon
High School: Junction City HS
College: Oregon, 1999, Bachelor's In Anthropology
Family: Single
All-Time Head Coaching Record (5 Seasons): 26-28 (5-7, 2017; 7-6, 2018; 8-5, 2019; 1-3, 2020; 5-7, 2021)
Head Coaching Record at Cal (5 Seasons): 26-28 (5-7, 2017; 7-6, 2018; 8-5, 2019; 1-3, 2020; 5-7, 2021)

Coaching Experience
*Season: School – Position (Champions, Postseason)
2001: Boise State – Graduate Assistant
2002: Boise State – Graduate Assistant (WAC Champions, Humanitarian Bowl)
2003: Cal – Linebackers (Insight Bowl)
2004: Cal – Linebackers (Holiday Bowl)
2005: Cal – Linebackers (Las Vegas Bowl)
2006: Boise State – Defensive Coordinator (WAC Champions, Fiesta Bowl)
2007: Boise State – Defensive Coordinator (WAC Champions, Hawaii Bowl)
2008: Boise State – Defensive Coordinator (Poinsettia Bowl)
2009: Boise State – Defensive Coordinator (WAC Champions, Fiesta Bowl)
2010: Tennessee – Defensive Coordinator (Music City Bowl)
2011: Tennessee – Defensive Coordinator
2012: Washington – Defensive Coordinator (Las Vegas Bowl)
2013: Washington – Defensive Coordinator (Fight Hunger Bowl)
2014: USC – Defensive Coordinator (Holiday Bowl)
2015: USC – Defensive Coordinator (Pac-12 South Division Champions, Holiday Bowl)
2016: Wisconsin – Defensive Coordinator/Inside LInebackers (Cotton Bowl)
2017: California – Head Coach
2018: California – Head Coach (Cheez-It Bowl)
2019: California – Head Coach (Redbox Bowl)
2020: California – Head Coach
2021: California – Head Coach
*Season in which bowl game was played

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Vic So'oto

Vic So'oto

Outside Linebackers

So'oto in his first season as the outside linebackers coach at Cal in 2022 after being announced in the role on March 1 by Travers Family Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox. The former NFL and collegiate player has spent the last two seasons on the USC staff after a previous four-year stint at Virginia (2016-19). So’oto was on coaching staffs that won division titles in back-to-back seasons with the Cavaliers in 2019 (ACC Coastal) and Trojans in 2020 (Pac-12 South), as well as reaching bowls in each of his last three seasons at Virginia (2017 Military Bowl, 2018 Belk Bowl, 2019 Orange Bowl).

So’oto began his coaching career in 2015 as an intern at his alma mater BYU, where he spent six seasons as a player from 2005-10. He was also on NFL rosters for four years in Green Bay (2011-12), Oakland (2012), Washington (2012), Arizona (2013), New Orleans (2013) and Pittsburgh (2014).

“Vic is one of the nation’s top rising young coaches and recruiters,” Wilcox said in the announcement. “He has a versatile coaching skill set having developed both defensive linemen and outside linebackers, which will help him in our defense. Vic also establishes strong and genuine relationships with players and recruits, and having recently played at the highest level, he has a strong understanding of what it takes to be successful. Vic is well-respected, dedicated to coaching and teaching others, and will be a great addition to our staff.”

“I’m looking forward to joining the Cal football program, making contributions to the tremendous staff coach Wilcox has put together and learning from some of the best minds in football,” So’oto said. “It’s been a goal of mine to coach outside linebackers and broaden my impact on the defense. I can’t wait to get started.”

Coaching Career
USC: Defensive Line (2020); Defensive Line/Outside Linebackers (2020-21)
– Helped the Trojans to a Pac-12 South Division title and a 5-1 overall record in his first season in 2020 with his defensive linemen racking up awards (Marlon Tuipulotu, First-Team All-Pac-12; Drake Jackson, Second-Team All-Pac-12; Nick Figueroa, Honorable Mention All-Pac-12; Tuli Tuipulotu, Second-Team Freshman All-American) with Marlon Tuipulotu selected in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by and currently a member of the Philadelphia Eagles
– Tuli Tuipulotu became his second First-Team All-Pac-12 selection in as many seasons as a 2021 sophomore when he had team-highs of 7.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks
– Recruited and signed Korey Foreman, a five-star recruit who was the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2021 according to 247Sports, while Rivals tabbed him No. 3 and ESPN No. 4, with 247Sports also listing him as the nation’s top defensive lineman and Rivals as the best strongside defensive end in the class

Virginia: Graduate Assistant, Defense (2016); Defensive Line (2017-19)
– Coached on staffs that reached bowls in each of his three seasons as the defensive line coach (2017 Military Bowl, 2018 Belk Bowl, 2019 Orange Bowl)
– Coached a defensive unit that put up numbers among the nation’s best in each campaign of his full-time tenure including his final season in 2019 when the Cavaliers ranked ninth nationally in sacks (3.3) and 22nd in tackles for loss (7.1) on a squad that won the ACC Coastal title and finished 9-4 overall; his 2018 squad that was 12th in passing efficiency (107.6), 16th in passing yards allowed (183.0 ypg), 20th in total defense (330.5 ypg) and 21st in scoring defense (20.1 ppg) on their way to a 28-0 Belk Bowl win over South Carolina; and a 2017 team that was seventh in passing yards allowed (165.8 ypg) and ninth in red zone defense (72.7%)
– Began his coaching career in 2016 as a graduate assistant on defense just two years removed from the end of his NFL playing career

Brigham Young: Intern (2015)
– Served as intern for a team that finished 9-4 overall and played Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl

NFL Playing Career: Green Bay (2011-12); Oakland (2012); Washington (2012); Arizona (2013); New Orleans (2013); Pittsburgh (2014)
– Saw action with four different teams and was on rosters of six squads during his four-year NFL playing career, getting into games with Green Bay (2011-12), Oakland (2012), Washington (2012) and Arizona (2013), while he was briefly on the rosters of New Orleans (2013) and Pittsburgh (2014)
– Totaled 14 games played, one start, eight tackles and one quarterback hit

Collegiate Playing Career: BYU (2005-10)
– Four-year letterwinner (2005, ’07, ’09-10) that started his career as a tight end before moving to defense as a linebacker and defensive end for his final three seasons of six campaigns that also included two redshirt years
– Teams combined for a 56-21 (.727) record during his playing career, finished the season ranked in the Top 25 four times (2006, ’07, ’08, ‘09), won two Mountain West Conference titles (2016, ’17) and reached bowl games each year, winning three of five appearances at the Las Vegas Bowl in 2006, ’07 and ’09, and in their lone trip to the New Mexico Bowl in 2010
– First-Team All-Mountain West selection on a defense as a sixth-year senior in 2010 when he recorded 45 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 quarterback sacks and one interception

Other
– Selected by the American Football Coaches Association to its 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute in 2020
– Second cousin of the late Pro Football Hall of Famer Junior Seau

Vic So’oto Coaching History
Season: Team – Coaching Position (Postseason, Champions)
2015: Brigham Young – Intern (Las Vegas Bowl)
2016: Virginia – Graduate Assistant, Defense
2017: Virginia – Defensive Line (Military Bowl)
2018: Virginia – Defensive Line (Belk Bowl)
2019: Virginia – Defensive Line (Orange Bowl, ACC Coastal Champion)
2020: USC – Defensive Line (Pac-12 South Champion)
2021: USC – Defensive Line/Outside Linebackers

Vic So’oto File
Pronunciation: so-oh-toe
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
High School: Carlsbad HS
College: BYU, 2010, BS, Geography
Family: Wife – Ashley; Daughters – Fia, Ave; Sons – Tre, Samson, Mack

Terrance Brown

Terrance Brown

Defensive Backs

Terrence Brown is in his first season as a defensive backs coach at Cal in 2022. Brown joined the team’s full-time coaching staff when he was hired on Dec. 23, 2021, and will share duties with Tre Watson coaching the Golden Bears’ defensive backs. Brown has strong Pac-12 experience having spent nine seasons in the league including five campaigns over two stints on the coaching staff at Washington (2015-17, ’20-21) after playing collegiately for four seasons at Stanford (2009-12). He also coached at Vanderbilt (2018-19) in between his stints at Washington (2015-17, 2020-21). Brown was among a group of 30 coaches on 247Sports’ 30Under30 list in both 2019 and 2020.

"We are excited to add Terrence Brown to our coaching staff," Travers Family Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox said upon Brown's hiring. "He is an exuberant young coach who is also quite familiar with the Pac-12. I have been impressed with Terrence in our conversations about this position and have also received tremendous feedback from several members of our staff who have either worked with Terrence, or know him well through mutual coaching acquaintances."

"I'm extremely humbled and honored to have the opportunity to learn from and coach alongside coach Wilcox, as well as all of the other great coaches on the staff," Brown said. "Becoming a part of and having a chance to contribute to Cal's rich tradition in football and academic excellence is truly an honor. I'm also beyond excited to have the chance to work with and get to know the elite student-athletes at Cal. My wife, son and I are looking forward to joining the Cal community. Go Bears!"

Below are additional notes on Brown.

California – Defensive Backs (Present)
– Hired as Cal's defensive backs coach on Dec. 23, 2021

Washington – Assistant Defensive Backs (2020-21)
– Returned to Washington for his second of two coaching stints with the Huskies in 2020
– Coached a 2021 defensive backs group that helped the Huskies lead the nation with the fewest passing yards allowed per game (143.3 ypg) by a whopping margin of 25.0 yards per game over No. 2 Cincinnati, pace the Pac-12 and rank third nationally in team passing efficiency defense (106.71), and be the least penalized team in the league while ranking in the top 15 nationally in all penalty categories
– Coached a pair of first-team All-Pac-12 defensive backs in 2021 in Kyler Gordon and Trent McDuffie, while Elijah Molden was a first-teamer in 2020 when McDuffie earned second-team honors
– Helped the 2020 squad capture the Pac-12 North title and post a 3-1 overall record during a season shortened to four games by COVID-19
– Played a significant role in the Huskies leading the Pac-12 in 2020 in passing yards allowed (185.0 ypg, #13 NCAA) and total defense (346.2 ypg), while the scoring defense was second in the conference (25.0 ppg)

Vanderbilt – Cornerbacks (2018-19)
– Spent two seasons at Vanderbilt with the Commodores reaching the Texas Bowl and equaling their best record in the past eight years during his first campaign in 2018
– Coached second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection Joejuan Williams in 2018 when Williams led all SEC cornerbacks in interceptions (4), while leading all of the league's players in pass breakups (14) and passes defended (18) before he was selected by New England in the second round (45th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft

Washington – Defensive Graduate Assistant (2015-17)
– Spent three seasons in his first of two coaching stints with the Huskies, winning the Pac-12 title and reaching the College Football Playoff in 2016 with the Huskies compiled a 29-11 (.725) overall record and a 19-8 (.704) Pac-12 mark during the stretch, while also playing in bowls each season (2015 Heart of Dallas Bowl, 2016 Peach Bowl, 2017 Fiesta Bowl)
– Coached for a Washington squad that led the Pac-12 in total defense and scoring defense for three consecutive seasons from 2015-17
– Worked with a long list of future NFL defensive backs including Budda Baker, Kevin King, Sidney Jones, Jordan Miller, Byron Murphy, Taylor Rapp, Keith Taylor and Zeke Turner, with Baker and Jones both All-Americans, and Husky defensive backs earning five first-team All-Pac-12 honors during the period

Cal Poly – Cornerbacks (Spring 2015)
– Served as the cornerbacks coach

Cincinnati Bengals (2013)
– Signed as an undrafted free agent during the offseason but was not on the roster for the regular season

Stanford (2009-12)
– Started all 23 of his collegiate games during his final two seasons of a four-year collegiate playing career at Stanford (2009-12) in which he compiled 113 tackles including a career-high 65 stops when he started a career-high all 14 contests as a 2013 senior

Terrence Brown Coaching History
Season: Team – Coaching Position (Postseason, Champions)
2015 (Spring): Cal Poly – Cornerbacks
2015: Washington – Defensive Graduate Assistant (Heart Of Dallas Bowl)
2016: Washington – Defensive Graduate Assistant (College Football Playoff, Peach Bowl, Pac-12 Champion, Pac-12 North Champion)
2017: Washington – Defensive Graduate Assistant (Fiesta Bowl, Pac-12 North Co-Champion)
2018: Vanderbilt – Cornerbacks (Texas Bowl)
2019: Vanderbilt – Cornerbacks
2020: Washington – Assistant Defensive Backs (Pac-12 North Champion)
2021: Washington – Assistant Defensive Backs
Present: California – Defensive Backs

Terrence Brown File
Birthdate: March 4, 1991
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
High School: Orange Lutheran HS
College: Stanford, 2013, BA, Science, Technology and Society; Washington, 2017, MA, Education
Family: Wife – Courtney; Son – Ty

Tre Watson

Tre Watson

Defensive Backs

Tre Watson is in his second season as the defensive backs coach at Cal in 2022. Watson joined the Golden Bears' coaching staff in 2021 and was part of a defense that improved throughout the 2021 campaign and came on strong at the end of the season by holding four of its last six opponents to 14 points or less before finishing the season second in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (22.2 ppg), fourth in total defense (366.7 ypg) and in the top half of the league in nearly every category.

In his debut season at Cal in 2021, Watson coached a third-team All-American in Elijah Hicks and a pair of safeties that earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors from Pro Football Focus in Hicks and Daniel Scott. Hicks was also a first-team All-Pac-12 defensive back of the league's coaches, the winner of the Pop Warner College Football Award, and a semifinalist for the prestigious Campbell Trophy and Jason Witten College Man of the Year among many honors. Hicks notched 72 tackles while co-leading the Pac-12 with a career-high four forced fumbles and 0.33 fumbles per game (T#11 NCAA). He also had three interceptions to tie for third in the conference. Scott was among Pac-12 leaders in solo tackles (team-high 60, #T2), interceptions (team-high-tying 3, #T3) and total tackles (team-high 82, #10 Pac-12) with all three career bests. Watson was also responsible for the development of true freshman cornerback Lu-Magia Hearns III, who finished with team highs of 10 pass breakups and 11 passes deflected, and coached sixth-year senior Josh Drayden to the final 12 games played (all starts) on his way to a school-record 55 career games played.

Watson, who was among a group of 30 coaches listed in 247Sports' "30Under30" in 2020, 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.

"I want to thank God for this opportunity," Watson said when he was hired. "I have learned and grown a lot from the places I have been, and I'm very excited to be a part of this family, join a terrific staff and represent a program that is on its way up under great leadership from coach Wilcox. Go Bears!"

Tre Watson, Defensive Backs Coach
Oregon won a Pac-12 title in 2019 and a pair of bowl games – Redbox Bowl (2018), Rose Bowl (2019) – and compiled a 21-6 (.778) record during his two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant with the Ducks, going 9-4 in 2018 and 12-2 in 2019
Oregon intercepted 37 passes during his two seasons with the Ducks, ranking No. 2 nationally in 2019 (20) and tied for 11th in 2018 (17)
Cached Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins safeties Ugo Amadi and Jevon Holland, as well as 2019 Freshman All-American Verone McKinley III during his coaching tenure at Oregon
Hired for his first full-time collegiate coaching position as the defensive backs coach at UNLV in 2020 after working on the same staff as first-year UNLV head coach Marcus Arroyo in 2018 and 2019 at Oregon
Spent three years in Seattle from 2014-16 training NFL players in the offseason and former college players for the NFL Combine in between his playing and coaching career, working primarily with Seattle Seahawks' and former Washington players including Budda Baker, DeShawn Shead, Shaq Thompson, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright
Finished his collegiate playing career with two seasons at Washington in 2012 and 2013, earning a scholarship prior to his 2012 redshirt junior campaign after originally joining the Huskies as a walk-on transfer from Central Washington
Compiled 74 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss (-5 yards), two interceptions that he returned for 118 yards including an 84-yard touchdown, 12 pass breakups, 14 passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while playing in all 26 games possible during his two seasons at Washington
Played in all 11 games (10 starts) as a 2010 sophomore at Central Washington and finished with 28 tackles, two interceptions including one he returned 40 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick to help the Wildcats to an 8-3 overall mark and a 7-1 record in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Played in 10 games as a 2009 freshman at West Hills College, notching 34 tackles, two interceptions including one he returned for a touchdown, six pass breakups and eight passes defended
An All-State player at Kennedy High School as a 2008 prep senior who helped his squad to a 9-2 record, a Seamount League title and a state quarterfinal berth as a running back who scored 35 touchdowns and finished with 1818 rushing yards
Tre Watson Coaching History
Season: Team (League) – Coaching Position (Postseason)
2018: Oregon (NCAA Division I FBS) – Graduate Assistant, Defense
2019: Oregon (NCAA Division I FBS) – Graduate Assistant, Defense
2020: UNLV (NCAA Division I FBS) – Defensive Backs

Tre Watson File
Birthdate: May 17, 1991
Hometown: Seattle, WA
High School: Kennedy HS
College: Washington, 2013, BA, Communication
Family: Wife – Taryn

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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