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Cal Restructures Coaching Staff

January 23, 2019
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BERKELEY – Cal football head coach Justin Wilcox announced a restructuring of coaching staff duties for the 2019 season on Wednesday.

“We have had many conversations throughout our football program about how we can get better and this is one of those ways,” Wilcox said. “While we have shown progress in many areas, we are far from satisfied and feel like we can be much better in the future.”

Offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin will coach the team’s quarterbacks as he did in his first 13 seasons of coaching before becoming Eastern Washington’s head coach. Marques Tuiasosopo will work with the tight ends, which he previously coached at both UCLA and USC. Burl Toler III will move to wide receivers coach, the position he played at Cal and coached in his first two stints as a collegiate assistant, while Nicholas Edwards will oversee the running backs. Steve Greatwood remains the offensive line coach.

The lone change on defense is the addition of co-defensive coordinator duties for inside linebackers coach/associate head coach Peter Sirmon. Charlie Ragle will focus exclusively on his role as the special teams coordinator after having also coached the tight ends in each of his first two campaigns with the Golden Bears.

Cal completed the 2018 season with a 7-6 overall record, which included a berth in the Cheez-It Bowl, the Bears’ first bowl appearance in three years and first selection to a Pac-12 affiliated bowl since 2011.

“I have confidence in this group of coaches to lead our student-athletes to victories on the field and make a positive impact on their lives off of it,” Wilcox said. “We are in the process of building a program at Cal that everyone can be proud of and coaching continuity is important to build and sustain success. I believe we have the right group of people in place to make that happen and these adjustments will put them in even better positions to help our student-athletes achieve their goals.”

2019 Cal Football Coaching Staff

HEAD COACH: Justin Wilcox, 3rd Season (Oregon, 1999)

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR/QUARTERBACKS: Beau Baldwin, 3rd Season (Central Washington, 1996)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS: Tim DeRuyter, 3rd Season (Air Force, 1985)

CO-DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/ASSOCIATE HC/INSIDE LINEBACKERS: Peter Sirmon, 2nd Season (Oregon, 1999)

SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR: Charlie Ragle, 3rd Season (Eastern New Mexico, 1998)

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Gerald Alexander, 3rd Season (Boise State, 2009)

RUNNING BACKS: Nicholas Edwards, 3rd Season (Eastern Washington, 2012)

OFFENSIVE LINE: Steve Greatwood, 3rd Season (Oregon, 1980)

WIDE RECEIVERS: Burl Toler III, 2nd Season (Cal, 2005)

TIGHT ENDS: Marques Tuiasosopo, 3rd Season (Washington, 2001)

DEFENSIVE LINE: Tony Tuioti, 3rd Season (Hawai’i, 2000)

HEAD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH: Torre Becton, 3rd Season (North Carolina A&T State, 2000)

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Cal Restructures Coaching Staff

oskirules
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Patchwork moves for the skills positions on the offensive side of the ball moving the qb, wr, rb, and te coaches around. Surely, the offense can't get worse.
jy1988
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If Baldwin can improve QB play, then all will be good.
Bobodeluxe
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No $.
myclam
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Yep. No $ to hire a new OC. Not many other schools in the league would put up with what we saw this year and not have a new OC.
southseasbear
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Reminds me of the saying about rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
fatmoon
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jy1988 said:

If Baldwin can improve QB play, then all will be good.
NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
upsetof86
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I feel like these moves make more sense than just deck chair re arrangements. These moves are more about Ragle and Edwards/Toler.

Tui had TEs previously. And frankly that unit was weaker than it should have been. Focus brings improvement, outlook better here esp with McCastles online now.

Ragle focus on ST only and recruiting improves the outlook of both.

QBs to BB can't possibly get worse, one voice, one roof for the most important relationship I can think of on the field. Outlook same or better.

WR to Toler this is really interesting to me. I think this is the biggest move. We are injecting new players here shifting Edwards at this moment a statement in my view. A well known cliche that attitudes biggest in the WR meeting room maybe Burl is seen as a better fit. Outlook better.

Edwards to RB coach. Another overused cliche is RB need the least prep to fit in offenses. Whose the last RB coach you can name (anywhere) besides Gould that was value add? (and honestly that seems more myth than reality to me all due respect). Meaning the outlook same, which is OK with me given the new backs we have...
wifeisafurd
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upsetof86 said:


Edwards to RB coach. Another overused cliche is RB need the least prep to fit in offenses. Whose the last RB coach you can name (anywhere) besides Gould that was value add? (and honestly that seems more myth than reality to me all due respect). Meaning the outlook same, which is OK with me given the new backs we have...
I guess blocking no longer matters.
calumnus
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wifeisafurd said:

upsetof86 said:


Edwards to RB coach. Another overused cliche is RB need the least prep to fit in offenses. Whose the last RB coach you can name (anywhere) besides Gould that was value add? (and honestly that seems more myth than reality to me all due respect). Meaning the outlook same, which is OK with me given the new backs we have...
I guess blocking no longer matters.


It is a spread offense. On pass plays the RB is more often a receiving option than a pass blocker.
01Bear
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calumnus said:

wifeisafurd said:

upsetof86 said:


Edwards to RB coach. Another overused cliche is RB need the least prep to fit in offenses. Whose the last RB coach you can name (anywhere) besides Gould that was value add? (and honestly that seems more myth than reality to me all due respect). Meaning the outlook same, which is OK with me given the new backs we have...
I guess blocking no longer matters.


It is a spread offense. On pass plays the RB is more often a receiving option than a pass blocker.

Except defenses don't respect our passing game, so they can get away with blitzing on any down. We need the RBs to identify and block the blitzer.
calumnus
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01Bear said:

calumnus said:

wifeisafurd said:

upsetof86 said:


Edwards to RB coach. Another overused cliche is RB need the least prep to fit in offenses. Whose the last RB coach you can name (anywhere) besides Gould that was value add? (and honestly that seems more myth than reality to me all due respect). Meaning the outlook same, which is OK with me given the new backs we have...
I guess blocking no longer matters.


It is a spread offense. On pass plays the RB is more often a receiving option than a pass blocker.

Except defenses don't respect our passing game, so they can get away with blitzing on any down. We need the RBs to identify and block the blitzer.


Agreed, but if defenses do not respect your passing game, the whole premise of a spread offense is negated. In theory, a swing pass should be a good counter to a blitz.
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