We get a closer look at the Justin Wilcox’s defensive staff in his first year leading the California Golden Bears. Our defensive backs will be coached by Gerald Alexander!
Despite the news finally breaking today, we’ve had a clue about this since Saturday, January 21 when Alexander—most recently the secondary coach for the Montana State Bobcats—began tweeting pictures of East Bay rappers with no context, like Mac Dre...
...Marshawn Lynch’s friend and injury-cart passenger, E-40...
...and even the man who’s likely Cal Football’s most famous alumnus right before the NFC Championship.
Happy Championship Sunday! pic.twitter.com/Qinf8b0Pl1— Gerald Alexander (@GAlexander21) January 22, 2017
Alexander likely knows Wilcox from Boise State, where Alexander played safety from 2002–2006, which overlapped with Wilcox’s first year there as a defensive coordinator.
But before that, Alexander was born and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, playing for the eponymous high school. At Boise State, he was a four-time All-WAC selection, leading to his being drafted in the second round. After five seasons in the league, Alexander spent time on the staffs of high school, college, and NFL teams; this includes one year up north, but not until the year after Wilcox escaped.
Not counting the first 18 years of his life, which were spent in SoCal, Alexander has coached/grad-assistant’d for only two years on the West Coast; nonetheless, Montana State lists his recruiting area as Los Angeles County and Bakersfield, so this should help placate Cal fans demanding that we strengthen the West Coast roots of our program.
Plus, there are a few more Cal connections—Alexander and Tyson Alualu were defense-mates for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010 and both Alexander and Zach Kline were at Indiana State in 2015!