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Bears Add Mike Bloesch For OL/Run Game Coordinator

December 12, 2022
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BERKELEY – Travers Family Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox announced Monday that Mike Bloesch (offensive line coach/run game coordinator) and Tim Plough (tight ends coach) have agreed to join the Cal staff.

"We are excited to add a pair of excellent coaches and recruiters to our staff," Wilcox said. "Both have strong credentials and skill sets that are going to be tremendous assets to our program and help us win football games."

Bloesch will join the Golden Bears after finishing his third season at North Texas against Boise State in the Frisco Bowl on Saturday that will mark the Mean Green's third straight bowl appearance. Bloesch has served as the offensive coordinator each of the last two seasons after being a co-offensive coordinator in his first. He was also the quarterbacks coach in 2022 while working with the offensive linemen in 2020 and 2021. Bloesch spent the previous five campaigns at Tulsa (2015-19) including the final four as the offensive line coach after one working in quality control with the tight ends. He started in collegiate coaching in 2014 as an analyst at his alma mater Houston.

Bloesch's offenses have been known for protecting the quarterback with each of his last two squads ranking in the top 10 nationally in fewest sacks allowed, while his balanced offensive attacks were highlighted by a 2020 North Texas unit that averaged 513.2 yards of total offense per game (283.0 passing, 230.2 rushing) to rank eighth in the nation. In 2016 at Tulsa, his offensive line paved the way for a team that finished 10-3 and ranked among the nation's top 10 in total offense (527.0, No. 4), scoring offense (42.5, No. 7) and rushing offense (261.7, No. 8).

"Mike's offensive lines have been among the best in the country," Wilcox said. "He is a great teacher and developer of offensive linemen, as well as a tremendous recruiter, and that is exactly what we need. Mike will make our football program better, and we are excited that he is joining our staff."

"I am confident that what I bring to the table will help Cal football," Bloesch said. "There are already some great playmakers on our roster and we're going to do our job on the offensive line to make them even better. I'm also looking forward to recruiting additional talented players to join them."

North Texas – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2022); Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (2021); Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (2020)
– Has helped 2022 Frisco Bowl-bound squad lead Conference USA and rank ninth nationally in fewest per-game sacks allowed (0.85) while ranking second in the conference and 10th nationally in tackles for loss allowed (4.00)
– Team also paces Conference USA in 2022 in passing yards per completion (15.35, No. 4 NCAA), shares a piece of the conference lead for fewest fumbles lost (6, No. 30 NCAA), ranks second in team passing efficiency (147.95, No. 30 NCAA), and third in total offense (463.8, No. 20) and scoring offense (33.9, No. 29 NCAA)
– Produced a pair of 2022 first-team All-Conference USA selections in tight end Var’Keyes Gumms (33-451, 5 TD) and offensive lineman Manase Mose
– Quarterback Austin Aune leads the nation in 2022 with an average of 15.39 passing yards per completion and has also posted top-20 national rankings for passing touchdowns (32, No. 8), yards per pass attempt (8.73, No. 14), points responsible for (198, No. 15T) and passing yards (3309, No. 17)
– Wide receiver Jyaire Shorter co-leads Conference USA and is tied for 11th nationally with his 10 touchdown receptions
– Directed one of the nation’s leading rushing attacks and mentored one of the top offensive line units in the country in 2021 with the Mean Green pacing Conference USA and finishing among the country’s top 10 in rushing offense (233.5 ypg, No. 5) and sacks allowed (1.15, No. 10T)
– Running back DeAndre Torrey’s 1215 rushing yards in 2021 were the seventh-best single season total in North Texas history with his 101.2 rushing yards per game 21st in the country
- Helped guide the Mean Green to the nation’s eighth-ranked total offense in 2020 with a balanced attack that averaged 513.2 yards per game and was also among national leaders in rushing offense (230.2, No. 13), yards per play (6.59, No. 22), scoring offense (34.4, No. 23) and passing offense (283.0, No. 25) with all numbers also leading Conference USA
- Wide receiver Jaelon Darden had an All-American senior season in 2020 when he was also the Conference USA Most Valuable Player and led the league in nearly every category including top-five national finishes in touchdown catches (19, No. 2), receptions (74, No. 5) and receiving yards (1190, No. 3 NCAA) in just nine games before being selected by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft
- Finalist for Football Scoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year (2021) and twice nominated for the Broyles Award honoring the nation’s top assistant coach (2020, 2022)
 
Tulsa – Offensive Line (2016-19); Quality Control Tight Ends (2015)
– Coached four different offensive linemen to seven American Athletic Conference honors during his tenure
– Offensive line paved the way for a 2016 team that finished 10-3, won the Miami Beach Bowl and ranked among the nation’s top 10 in total offense (527.0, No. 4), scoring offense (42.5, No. 7) and rushing offense (261.7, No. 8) while establishing a school record with eight 300+ rushing games (second-most in nation) and becoming the first Division I school to have a 3000-yard passer (Dane Evans, 3348), two 1000-yard rushers (James Flanders, 1629; D’Angelo Brewer, 1435) and two 1000-yard receivers (Kevin Lucas, 1180; John Atkinson, 1058) in the same season
– Recruited and signed a pair of offensive linemen selected in the 2022 NFL Draft in Tyler Smith (Dallas, first round) and Chris Paul (Washington, seventh round)
 
Houston – Analyst (2014)
– Responsible for providing analytical support for the offensive coaching staff including video breakdown, self and opponent scouting, game day support and analysis for an 8-5 team that won the Armed Forces Bowl
 
Temple High School (Temple, TX) – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (2011-13)
– Helped the program capture the District 8-5A championship in 2013 while averaging 44 points and 512 offensive yards per game
– Also served as the school's powerlifting head coach, middle school coordinator and recruiting coordinator
 
Cooper High School (Abilene, TX) – Offensive Line (2009-10)
– Coached squads that captured a District 4-4A championship in 2009 and a District 3-5A crown in 2010 on the way to a combined two-year record of 20-6
– Set school records in 2010 for most points (528) and total yards in a season (6040)
 
PLAYING CAREER
Houston, Offensive Line (2004-08)
– Started 37 consecutive games at offensive guard during his final three campaigns while helping the Cougars to their first bowl victory in 28 years with a win at the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl
– Earned Conference USA honorable mention all-conference honors in 2007 and 2008
 
YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING POSITIONS
Season: Team – Position (Postseason, Notes)
2023: California – Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
2022: North Texas – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (Frisco Bowl)
2021: North Texas – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (Frisco Bowl)
2020: North Texas – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (Myrtle Beach Bowl)
2019: Tulsa – Offensive Line
2018: Tulsa – Offensive Line
2017: Tulsa – Offensive Line
2016: Tulsa – Offensive Line (Miami Beach Bowl)
2015: Tulsa – Quality Control Tight Ends (Independence Bowl)
2014: Houston – Analyst (Armed Forces Bowl)
2013: Temple High School (Temple, TX) – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (District 8-5A Champions)
2012: Temple High School (Temple, TX) – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
2011: Temple High School (Temple, TX) – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
2010: Cooper HS (Abilene, TX) – Offensive Line (District 3-5A Champions)
2009: Cooper HS (Abilene, TX) – Offensive Line (District 4-4A Champions)
 
FILE
Pronunciation: Rhymes with “flesh”
Birthdate: February 21, 1986
Hometown: Spring, TX
High School: Klein Collins HS
College: Houston, 2007, Bachelor’s, Kinesiology-Sports Administration; Lamar, 2013, Master’s, Education Administration
Family: Wife – Lexi; Sons – Beau, Drew

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Bears Add Mike Bloesch For OL/Run Game Coordinator

8,241 Views | 17 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by GivemTheAxe
BearBones
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Mike Boesch has the experience and the skills to really elevate the offensive line. He is an excellent addition to the Cal family! Welcome Mike.
calumnus
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Appears to be a solid compliment to Spavital. Hopefully keeps Ott at Cal and makes him a star.

Appears to be his first time living outside of Texas. Curious to hear what he and his family think about moving to the Bay Area.
GoOskie
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Go Bears!!!
calbear91
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Welcome to Cal coach. Seems solid. Have to think Spavital made this happen with his Texas connection. Go Bears!
BearoutEast67
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Sounds like a good hire - Go Bears!
91Cal
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Welcome to the family! Go Bears!
GivemTheAxe
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calumnus said:

Appears to be a solid compliment to Spavital. Hopefully keeps Ott at Cal and makes him a star.

Appears to be his first time living outside of Texas. Curious to hear what he and his family think about moving to the Bay Area.


Agree. Imagine if Ott had an OLine that opened holes for Ott and he didn't have to make or find his own on every play
McUrsine
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Can someone explain the "Travers Family" reference in regard to Wilcox?
Bobodeluxe
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McUrsine said:

Can someone explain the "Travers Family" reference in regard to Wilcox?

Fund a large portion of his paycheck …
McUrsine
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Who are they? Hopefully not crypto-financed backers!
Bobodeluxe
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McUrsine said:

Who are they? Hopefully not crypto-financed backers!

Careful. Many crypto fans here.
calumnus
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Bobodeluxe said:

McUrsine said:

Who are they? Hopefully not crypto-financed backers!

Careful. Many crypto fans here.


Still? That is like all the Fox fans on the basketball board who now deny they ever defended him.

Maybe closer to the Wilcox fans. They have invested a lot and "hope" things turnaround?
Golden One
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McUrsine said:

Can someone explain the "Travers Family" reference in regard to Wilcox?

The Travers family have established an endowment fund that pays a significant portion of Wilcox's salary.
McUrsine
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Just for Wilcox, or whomever might be the "Cal Coach?"
Golden One
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McUrsine said:

Just for Wilcox, or whomever might be the "Cal Coach?"
For whoever the Cal head coach is; it's not specific to Wilcox.
calumnus
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Golden One said:

McUrsine said:

Just for Wilcox, or whomever might be the "Cal Coach?"
For whoever the Cal head coach is; it's not specific to Wilcox.


But not enough to pay off Wilcox AND a pay a new coach.

Hopefully Year 7 is the year he breaks through and has a winning conference record.
GivemTheAxe
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Bobodeluxe said:

McUrsine said:

Who are they? Hopefully not crypto-financed backers!

Careful. Many crypto fans here.

Yes and there are probably a lot of visitors or posters who play the lottery expecting every week to come up a big winner.
But I don't see it as a reliable investment until reasonable governmental regulations are imposed
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