Cal football coaches: Where are they now?

Ezra Shaw

Jeff Tedford seems ready to get back at it.

Big winners

Jeff Tedford, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator:
Got a year to clear his lungs, lose the pounds, and get back in shape. Now hopefully he's healthy enough to produce good things in the NFL, a league he was probably born to coach in a long time ago. Hopefully Tedford will feel a bit looser now that he doesn't have to worry about being in charge and channel his old Oregon and Cal days. I'm sure it'll be a healthy topic of discussion this offseason whether Tedford has the chops to be a professional coach or if it's a little too late for him. I'll be looking forward to see what he does.

Andy Ludwig, Wisconsin offensive coordinator:
Ludwig seems to have found a perfect home for himself in Wisconsin, where the Badgers currently house the second best offense in the Big Ten. His Badgers should have beaten Arizona State and had a decent shot against Ohio State. Wisconsin did fall in the Capital One Bowl to South Carolina though, and there were some grumblings about Ludwig's playcalling.


Marcus Arroyo, Tampa Bay Bucs quarterbacks coach: It didn't look so good to start 2013. The offensive coordinator and outside receivers coach at Southern Mississippi started the season 0-10, and Allan Bridgford didn't do so well there. Yet Arroyo and Tedford seem to have an affinity for each other; the offensive coordinator brought along his former quarterback coach with him to the league.

Jim Michalczik, Arizona Wildcats offensive line coach: Solid days for Coach M. Arizona retained its status as one of the most prolific rushing offenses in the country (11th in yards per game, 15th in yards per rush) He even gets a second chance to mold Freddie Tagaloa too.

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Pete Alamar, Stanfurd special teams coach: Top two in kickoff returns. Top ten in opponent kickoff returns. 77% field goal kicker. I'm so bitter right now.

Ron Gould, UC Davis head coach: Gould didn't have a spectacular year at UC Davis, but he finished things off quite well, and the athletic director seems to have his full confidence.

Also joining Gould in Davis: Kevin Daft (offensive coordinator/QB coach), and former graduate assistants Ben Steele (TE/recruiting coordinator) and Matt Wiegand (offensive line). Quinn Tedford also is the offensive quality control assistant.


Clancy Pendergast, USC defensive coordinator: I wasn't the biggest Pendergast fan at times, simply because his defenses seemed to have their good performances (shutting down spread teams, 2011 in general), and follow them up with absolute duds (PISTOL!). But after one year of the muddling of Andy Buh I've come around on Pendy. His defenses kept us in a lot of games we could have won if our offense had a pulse those final three years.

Aside from getting torched by the Todd Graham express, his defense has held firm against most opponents and managed a big upset of Stanford. But Steve Sarkisian went with his guy in Justin Wilcox and Clancy is looking for employment. USC fans are happy with what Pendergast did.

Bob Gregory, new Washington linebackers coach: Tough season for Gregory. Boise's defense has had all sorts of struggles this season and the linebacking corps hasn't been quite as productive. And despite all of that he's back in the Pac-12 as linebackers coach. Pretty bizarre that he'll end up being the one coaching Shaq Thompson to finish up his Husky career.

George Cortez, Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive coordinator
Todd Howard,Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive coordinator

Grey Cup for both of those two!


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Eric Kiesau, Kansas receivers coach: He didn't have Austin Seferian-Jenkins to start the season, but Kiesau managed some impressive passing displays thanks to the likes of Jaydon Mickens and Kevin Smith helping out Kasen Williams and ASJ move the ball and complement Bishop Sankey. The Huskies pass attack has been revitalized in year two of Kiesau at Seattle, and has helped keep Washington competitive against their toughest foes.

Kiesau was not brought along to USC (Tee Martin isn't going anywhere) and Petersen brought along Brent Pease. Kiesau now ends up in the midwest with Charlie Weis.

Frank Cignetti, St. Louis Rams quarterback coach: Sam Bradford wasn't a particularly good quarterback to start 2013, and Kellen Clemens was near the bottom too. Not looking so good for Cignetti and the Rams, particularly playing in one of the most stacked divisions in the NFL.

Kenwick Thompson, San Jose State linebackers coach/defensive coordinator (Vanderbilt defensive coordinator) They don't have a very good defense, giving up 33.5 points per game and getting trounced on the ground. On the other hand, it's the MWC, so I'm not sure how much better things could be for him.

Al Simmons, Colorado State co-defensive coordinator/secondary:
They have a godawful pass defense, one that got torched by Colorado. Caveat: It's not as bad as ours was this year, and we got torched by Colorado about the same.

Jeff Genyk, Wisconsin special teams coach & tight ends coach:
Genyk's numbers aren't as good as Alamar's (top 25 in opponent kickoff returns is the only national mark) and most of the numbers range from average to subpar. The Badgers did have a decent tight end in Jacob Pedersen but I don't see anything noteworthy here.

The biggest loser.


Tosh Lupoi, Washington Huskies athletic department, no longer coaching: Oh, I'm not enjoying this. I'm not enjoying this at all.

Out of the game?


Steve Marshall: Didn't coach last year after Jon Embree's staff got trucked out of Colorado. UPDATE: Marshall was hired by New Mexico State this offseason.

Ashley Ambrose: Don't believe he coached last year after getting fired by Cal.

RIP


Mike Dunbar: Dunbar passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. He helped advise the Northern Illinois football team during their 2012 campaign (which led to an Orange Bowl berth) after stepping down as offensive coordinator before the season began.

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