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DeRuyter's Long History of Making a Difference

February 10, 2018

Tim DeRuyter, who is preparing for his second spring practice as Cal’s defensive coordinator, oversaw a major improvement in his unit last year. That achievement, no mean feat, reinforced something he learned decades ago as a player and graduate assistant at Air Force Academy.

People in his job can have quite an impact.

“When I went to the academy I saw what a difference coaching made,” he said in a recent interview. “We had a team of guys, none of us got scholarships to Notre Dame, but we beat them three years in a row,

“We won four straight bowl games, we beat Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech my senior year and Texas the next year when I was graduate assistant.

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