Cal Bears Football Coaching Staff

Last Game

Washington State
Dec 12, 2020
Pullman, WA
Justin Wilcox

Justin Wilcox

Head Coach

Justin Wilcox is in his third season as the head football coach at Cal in 2019 and recently signed a new five-year contract at Cal through the 2023 campaign.

"Justin is a great representative of our University, and he is building a football program centered around character, purpose and developing the entire student-athlete," Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said after the announcement of the contract extension. "We are seeing tremendous momentum and increased support and engagement among our faculty, alumni, students and fans. With the trajectory of the program, we believe it is important to show a continuing and strengthened commitment to Justin and his staff by providing additional resources. The results of his two years have generated incredible excitement, and we are enthusiastic about the future."

Wilcox guided the Golden Bears to the Cheez-It Bowl 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. Wilcox has been on bowl staffs in 15 of his 18 seasons as a collegiate coach.

Cal posted a 7-6 overall record in 2018 and won four of five Pac-12 games at one point after beginning conference play with three consecutive defeats. The Bears reached a high point of 7-4 overall after winning four of five Pac-12 contests highlighted by signature wins over eventual Pac-12 champion and then-No. 15/13 Washington as well as USC. The victory over the Trojans clinched bowl eligibility and marked Cal’s first against the Trojans since 2003 and first at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 2000. 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.

Bill Musgrave

Bill Musgrave

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Bill Musgrave is in his first season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Cal in 2020. Musgrave has more than two decades of coaching experience in the NFL and collegiate ranks, including 13 seasons as an offensive coordinator. The long list of quarterbacks he has tutored includes Pro Bowlers Steve Beuerlein, Matt Ryan and Derek Carr.

"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 on the day 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."

Musgrave's 20 NFL seasons have included 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).

Pete Sirmon

Pete Sirmon

Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator

Peter Sirmon is in his third season at Cal and his first campaign as the team's defensive coordinator in 2020. He also continues to work with the inside linebackers for the third 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.

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 paced the conference 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). The Bears also 15th nationally in total defense (317.2 ypg) and 22nd in scoring defense (20.4 ppg) while registering third in the Pac-12 in both areas.

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, Rasheem Green, Adoree’ Jackson, Ronald Jones, JuJu Smith-Schuster, as well as Washington’s Kevin King, Elijah Qualls and John Ross.

Angus McLure

Angus McLure

Offensive Line

Angus McClure is in his first season as the offensive line coach at Cal in 2020. McClure is considered one of the elite recruiters in college football and has 28 seasons of coaching experience, including 24 in the collegiate ranks at UCLA, Nebraska, Nevada, Buffalo and Sacramento State.

"Coach Musgrave and I were impressed with the knowledge Angus has on offensive line play," Cal head coach 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 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.

Andrew Browning

Andrew Browning

Defensive Line

Andrew Browning is in his second season as the Golden Bears' defensive line coach in 2020 after serving in a quality control role on the defensive side of the ball at Cal in 2018. Prior to his arrival at Cal, he was the defensive line coach at UTEP for five seasons (2013-17) and three campaigns on the football staff at his alma mater Boise State (2010-12).

He spent his first season at Cal as a quality control staff member on the defensive side of the ball in 2018 when the Golden Bears played in the Cheez-It Bowl to mark their first bowl appearance since 2015. Browning also coached the defensive line for five seasons at UTEP (2013-17)

Marcel Yates

Marcel Yates

Defensive Backs

Marcel Yates is in his first season as the defensive backs coach at Cal in 2020. Yates is a 19-year coaching veteran with previous stints at Arizona, Boise State, Texas A&M and Montana State. He has served as a defensive coordinator for eight seasons and been a part of 15 staffs that have led squads to the postseason.

"We are excited to bring someone with Marcel's experience and resume onto our staff as our defensive backs coach," Cal head coach Justin Wilcox said when the announcement of Yates' hiring was made on Jan. 25, 2020. "The staffs he has coached on have won a lot of games, and Marcel has a tremendous skill set as a coach, teacher and top recruiter."

"The foundation for great success has been put in place over the last three seasons at Cal," Yates said on the day he was hired. "The progress Cal has made under coach Wilcox is not surprising. I enjoyed working with him when we were at Boise State and am thankful that I will have the opportunity to do it again in Berkeley. I'm looking forward to joining the excellent culture at Cal."

During Yates' two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Boise State (2014-15), the Broncos' attacking-style defense ranked highly in several notable categories, including being one of two teams nationally to post top-10 finishes for turnovers forced both seasons, collecting 31 in each campaign while ranking tied for fifth in 2015 and tied for ninth in 2014. His 2014 unit also ranked seventh nationally in both tackles for loss (7.8 per game) and sacks (3.4 per game), while the 2015 squad turned in the nation's fifth-best rush defense (108.2 ypg), 12th-best total defense (318.3 ypg) and 18th-best scoring defense (20.2 ppg).

ates spent a total of 11 seasons over two tenures at Boise State, Prior to his run as defensive coordinator, he coached the team's cornerbacks from 2003-05 before taking over the entire secondary from 2006-11 while adding a passing game coordinator title in 2011. The Broncos had tremendous success during Yates' time in Boise, compiling a 127-18 (.876) overall record including unbeaten seasons in 2006 and 2009, and winning eight conference titles and seven bowl games. Boise State was ranked in the final national polls eight times and as high as No. 4 in 2006.

Aristotle Thompson

Aristotle Thompson

Running Backs

Aristotle Thompson is in his first season as the running backs coach at Cal in 2020 after spending the past 11 seasons coaching running backs at Cal Poly. Under Thompson's tutelage, the Mustangs fielded a strong run game that featured at least one 1,000-yard rusher each of the past nine campaigns and helped put together five consecutive winning seasons from 2010-14.

Thompson and Cal head coach Wilcox worked together previously at Boise State, first in 2001 when Thompson was an assistant strength & 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 on 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 years 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. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in athletic administration at Idaho State.

Burl Toler III

Burl Toler III

Wide Receivers

Burl Toler III is in his third season on the full-time coaching staff at his alma mater Cal and his second as the Golden Bears' wide receivers coach in 2020 after spending his first campaign as a full-time assistant coach in 2018 working with the running backs. Toler now coaches a wide receiver position that he played professionally and at Cal, as well as coached in his first two stints as a full-time assistant at Fresno State (2016) and UC Davis (2017).

Toler has overseen the emergence of Nikko Remigio, who as a 2019 sophomore led Cal with 38 receptions for 513 yards while adding three touchdown grabs. Cal is also slated to return the team's third, fourth and sixth-leading receivers from a season ago in Makai Polk, Kekoa Crawford and Trevon Clark. Toler guided the true freshman Polk to a huge finish of his rookie season with 16 receptions, 276 yards receiving and both of his touchdown grabs coming over the final five games of his rookie season when he led the team in yards receiving on three of those occasions. All told, seven of the eight wide receivers who posted catches in 2019 are slated to return for Toler and the Bears in 2020.

During Toler's one season as the Bears' running backs coach in 2018 he tutored 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.

Marques Tuiasosopo

Marques Tuiasosopo

Tight Ends

Marques Tuiasosopo is in his third season at Cal in 2019 and his first as the tight ends coach, taking on a position of emphasis in the Golden Bears' offense and returning to the group he coached for three of his first four seasons as a collegiate coach at UCLA and USC.

The former NFL player and collegiate standout was honored for his legendary status in the game when he was enshrined into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame in January of 2019. Prior to his coaching career, Tuiasosopo played for eight seasons in the NFL with Oakland (2001-06, 2008) and the New York Jets (2007). He was drafted in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Raiders following a brilliant four-year playing career for the Huskies (1997-2000).

Tuiasosopo finished eighth in Heisman Trophy voting as a 2000 senior while also earning Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and Rose Bowl MVP honors. The two-time UW captain (1999-2000) established the school’s career total offense record (7374) as he passed for 5879 yards and 33 touchdowns while rushing for another 1495 yards with 21 TDs. In a 1999 victory over Stanford during his junior season, he became the first NCAA Division I player to pass for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 200 yards in the same game as he combined for a school-record 509 total yards (302 pass, 207 rush). The Huskies also reached bowls in each of his first three seasons (1997 Aloha Bowl, 1998 Oahu Bowl, 1999 Holiday Bowl).

Tuiasosopo spent his first two seasons at Cal in 2017 and 2018 working with an inherited group of young and inexperienced quarterbacks that had no starts and little experience between them upon his arrival after the departures of three-year starter Jared Goff (2013-15) and graduate transfer starter Davis Webb (2016). Ross Bowers started the first 12 games of his collegiate career as a 2017 junior and threw for 3039 yards to rank sixth on Cal's all-time single-season list while his 253.2 passing yards were fourth in the conference but fell behind Chase Garbers and Brandon McIlwain on the depth chart in 2018 with the duo starting the final 12 games at the position and combining for 2269 yards in the air and another 823 on the ground.

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 entering his fourth season as Cal's special teams coordinator in 2020 and has been responsible for the development of the likes of punter Steven Coutts, placekicker Matt Anderson and kick returner Ashtyn Davis in his first two campaigns in the role.

Davis has been one of the nation's top kick returners each of the past two seasons, combining for 1455 yards and one touchdown on 63 kick returns to rank second on Cal's all-time lists in kick returns and kick return yards, as well as well tied for third in kick return touchdowns. Davis earned Cal's J. Scott Duncan Award as the Bears' Most Valuable Special Teams Player for the second consecutive season as a 2017 sophomore when he ranked ninth nationally in kick return yards and 14th in combined kick return yards with 826. Davis was credited with 39 of Cal's 46 kickoff returns. As a 2018 junior, he scored his first career kick return touchdown against Idaho State and significantly improved his average to a 26.2 mark that was third in the Pac-12 and 17th nationally on 24 kick returns for 629 yards.

Coutts came into his own as a junior in 2018 when he claimed the team's J. Scott Duncan Award after Davis had won it the previous two seasons and was also an honorable mention All-Pac-12 choice. Coutts helped the Golden Bears to a tremendous field position advantage on numerous occasions, pinning opponents inside their own 20-yard line 37 times to lead the nation with only two touchbacks.

Greg Thomas also had a solid season in his first campaign as Cal's placekicker in 2018, making 12-of-17 field goals and all 32 of his extra-point attempts for a team-best 68 points. In addition, Chris Landgrebe put 32 of his 55 kickoffs into the end zone.

Torre Becton

Torre Becton

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Torre Becton is in his third season as Cal’s head strength and conditioning coach for football in 2019. Becton, a well-respected coach within his industry for his educational approach to the profession, has been on staffs of bowl teams in seven of the past eight seasons after the Golden Bears' trip to the Cheez-It Bowl in 2018.

Prior to his arrival at Cal in 2017, he spent a combined six seasons on the strength and conditioning staffs at Washington (2011-15) and USC (2016), working with Cal head coach Justin Wilcox during the 2012 and 2013 seasons at Washington when Wilcox served as defensive coordinator for the Huskies.

As the associate head strength and conditioning coach at USC in 2016 he helped the Trojans develop into one of the top teams in the nation with a final No. 3 ranking in the AP Top 25 poll.

Becton spent the five prior seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Washington, the first three under head coach Steve Sarkisian and another two after being retained by current head coach Chris Petersen. Becton played a significant role in developing the foundation for a 2016 squad that captured the Pac-12 title and reached the College Football Playoff semifinals before ending the season ranked No. 4 in the final AP Top 25 poll.

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