Cal Bears Football Coaching Staff

Last Game

TCU
Loss 7-10
Dec 26, 2018
Phoneix, Arizona

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.

Beau Baldwin

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Beau Baldwin is in his third season as the offensive coordinator at Cal in 2019 and his first campaign also working with the team's quarterbacks, returning to the position group he coached during his first 13 seasons of coaching before becoming Eastern Washington’s head coach.

Baldwin's offenses during his first two campaigns at Cal were highlighted by the play of Patrick Laird, who finished his Golden Bear 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's 51 receptions as a 2018 senior campaign were also a single-season school record for a running back and all but a handful of Laird's statistics were recorded during his senior and 2017 junior campaigns with Baldwin after he was used seldomly prior to his arrival.

Laird racked up the honors as a senior 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 while capturing a multitude of honors for his accomplishments on and off the field. Laird's honors were 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.

Tim DeRuyter

Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers

Tim DeRuyter is in his third season as the defensive coordinator at Cal in 2019 and will also coach the team's outside linebackers for the second consecutive campaign after working with the inside linebackers in his first season at 2017. DeRuyter is in his 29th campaign as a collegiate coach and his 18th as a defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator.

DeRuyter has helped orchestrate dramatic improvements on the defensive side of the ball in his first two seasons at Cal including cutting opponents' scoring by a whopping 22.2 points per game to move up 105 spots in the national rankings from No. 127 the season before his arrival (42.6 ppg) to No. 22 in 2018 (20.4 ppg). Cal has zoomed up the national rankings in two years under DeRuyter in nearly every defensive categories including 75 spots from No. 84 to No. 9 (175.1 ypg) in passing yards allowed and 107 spots from No. 122 to No. 15 in total defense (317.2 ypg).

Most recently in 2018, DeRuyter was a semifinalist for the Broyles Award that honors the nation's top assistant coach as the Golden Bears ranked among national and Pac-12 leaders in nearly every category. Cal 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). The Bears 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). Cal was 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.

Peter Sirmon

Co-Defensive Coordinator/Associate Head Coach/Inside Linebackers

Peter Sirmon is in his second season at Cal as the associate head coach and inside linebackers coach in 2019 while adding co-defensive coordinator duties for the first time with the Golden Bears.

Sirmon was instrumental to Cal's defensive success in his first season on the Bears' staff in 2018 that led to his seventh consecutive bowl appearance as a coach. 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. 6T NCAA) and passing yards allowed (175.1 ypg, No. 9 NCAA). The Bears 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). Cal was 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.

Both of his starting inside linebackers – Evan Weaver (Pro Football Focus) and Jordan Kunaszyk (Sports Illustrated) – earned second-team All-American honors in 2018. Kunaszyk added 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 tied for second on Cal's all-time single-season list while his 12.2 stops per game were sixth in the country. Kunaszyk's 148 tackles were the fourth highest single-season total in school history and 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. The duo combined for 34.3 percent of Cal's total tackles.

Charlie Ragle

Special Teams Coordinator

Charlie Ragle is in his third season as Cal's special teams coordinator in 2019 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.

Gerald Alexander

Defensive Backs

Gerald Alexander is in his third season as the defensive backs coach at Cal in 2019 and returns a group of players that have made nearly every start possible in the defensive backfield during his first two seasons including 87 of a possible 100 at cornerback and safety.

Alexander's defensive backs played a huge role in Cal's defensive success in 2018 when the Bears finished in the top 10 nationally and paced the Pac-12 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) with defensive backs were responsible for 17 of the 21 interceptions and three of the five defensive touchdowns, while playing a role in three of the seven fumbles that were recovered.

They were also a critical part of a defense that in addition to the top 10 national numbers 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), while also being 15th nationally in total defense (317.2 ypg) and 22nd in scoring defense (20.4 ppg), registering third in the Pac-12 in both areas.

Andrew Browning

Defensive Line

Andrew Browning is in his first season as the Golden Bears' defensive line coach in 2019 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)

Nicholas Edwards

Running Backs

Nicholas Edwards is in his third season at Cal in 2019 and his first as the Golden Bears' running backs coach.

Edwards spent his first two campaigns at Cal working with the team's wide receivers including the duo of Vic Wharton III and Kanawai Noa, who have combined career totals of 241 receptions, 2933 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. Moe Ways (34-383-1TD) and Jordan Duncan (20-267-4TD) also put up their best career numbers under Edwards' tutelage in 2018.

Prior to his arrival at Cal, Edwards spent three seasons (2014-16) as the wide receivers coach at his alma mater Eastern Washington also working under current Cal offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and then Eagles’ head coach Beau Baldwin.

Eastern Washington compiled a 12-2 overall record with one of the victories a road win at Pac-12 opponent Washington State, reached the semifinals of the FCS playoffs and was a perfect 8-0 in the Big Sky Conference to win its second league title during Edwards’ third season on the Eagles' coaching staff in 2016.

Steve Greatwood

Offensive Line

Steve Greatwood is in his second season as the offensive line coach at Cal in 2018 and has a veteran group of returnees in his unit with all seven players who made starts on the offensive line in 2017 returning. The group is part of an offense that returns a total of 17 offensive players that started a combined total of 118 contests in 2017 while losing only four that made 15 starts a year ago.

Cal's 2017 offensive line helped pave the way for standout performances from quarterback Ross Bowers, running back Patrick Laird, and wide receivers Vic Wharton III and Kanawai Noa.

Bowers will be the Pac-12's leading returning passer in 2018 with his 253.2 yards per game average after throwing for a total 3039 yards in 2017 to rank fourth in the conference in passing yards per game and fifth in total passing yards, while his total was also sixth in Cal history.

Laird had a breakthrough season in 2017 with 1,127 yards rushing and eight scores on the ground while adding 45 receptions for 322 yards and one touchdown to total a team-high 1,449 all-purpose yards with all of the numbers career bests. Laird was one of 10 national semifinalsts for the Burlsworth Trophy awarded annually to the nation's most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on. Laird earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors and ranks 12th among the nation's leading returning rushers with his 102.5 rushing yards per game while his 1,127 total rushing yards check in at 19th.

The combined 123 catches by Wharton III (67-871, 5 TD) and Noa (56-788, 4 TD) rank third among all returning FBS duos while their 1,659 yards receiving are seventh. Wharton's 67 receptions were ninth in school history.

Burl Toler III

Wide Receivers

Burl Toler in his second season on the full-time coaching staff at his alma mater in 2019 and his first as the Golden Bears' wide receivers coach after spending his inaugural 2018 campaign with the running backs. Toler returns to a position at wide receiver that he coached in his first two stints as a full-time assistant at Fresno State (2016) and UC Davis (2017).

Toler was also a four-year letterwinner as a wide receiver at Cal from 2001-04, helping the Bears 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 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.

During his one season as the Golden 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.

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.

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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