U.C. Berkeley - Offensive Coordinator
Beau Baldwin is in his first season as the offensive coordinator at Cal in 2017 and also has the duties of running backs coach and assistant head coach. Baldwin, who was hired at Cal on January 17, 2017, is one of three Cal assistants with previous head coaching experience along with defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach Tim DeRuyter and defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro. Baldwin spent the previous 10 seasons as a collegiate head coach including the last nine campaigns at Eastern Washington (2008-16) after his first head coaching job at Central Washington in 2007. The teams he has served as head coach for have compiled an overall record of 95-35 (.731) and a 64-16 (.800) in conference play.
Baldwin led his Eastern Washington team to a national FCS title and was named College Sporting News Coach of the Year in 2010. He won 11 or more games five times and captured five league championships over his final seven seasons as the school's head coach and on a total of seven occasions including a pair as the Eagles' offensive coordinator.
Eastern Washington annually had one of the top offenses in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision during Baldwin's tenure as head coach with the Eagles ranking among both the top 10 in passing and total offense eight times.
Baldwin's last team as the head coach at Eastern Washington in 2016 compiled a 12-2 overall record with one of the victories against Pac-12 opponent Washington State. The Eagles reached the semifinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs and were a perfect 8-0 in the Big Sky Conference to win their third outright league title in the last four years.
Eastern Washington was also the Big Sky champion in 2014, finishing 7-1 in league play and 11-3 overall en route to a quarterfinal appearance in the FCS playoffs. Baldwin was named the 2014 American Football Coaches Association Region 5 Coach of the Year in the FCS.
Baldwin's 2013 squad advanced to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs after going a perfect 8-0 in the Big Sky for the first time in school history to capture a league crown. His 2013 team finished 12-3 overall after starting the campaign with a season-opening 49-46 win at No. 25 Oregon State, which was just the fourth time a FCS team has ever defeated a ranked NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team.
Baldwin was also 6-5 in 2011, 8-4 in 2009 and 6-5 in his debut season as the head coach at Eastern Washington in 2008.
In his single season as head coach at Central Washington in 2007, Baldwin's team was 10-3.
Before becoming a head coach, Baldwin spent 13 seasons as an assistant first with nine seasons as the quarterbacks coach at Central Washington (1994-2002) before four campaigns as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern Washington (2003-06).
Baldwin has been a part of playoff runs at three collegiate levels - NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, NCAA Division II and NAIA. His 23-season collegiate coaching résumé - all at Eastern Washington or Central Washington - includes two national championships, 10 conference championships and 12 postseason appearances.
Seven of his 10 seasons as head coach - and two more at Eastern as an assistant - have ended with playoff berths. He had three more berths as an assistant at Central Washington, including the 1995 NAIA title.
Baldwin played collegiately as a quarterback at Central Washington from 1990-93 and earned his bachelor's degree from the school in 1996. He also spent one season in Sweden playing semi-pro football in 1993.
San Jose State
The 20-year veteran of the Eastern Washington University football program was named as EWU's 21st head football coach on Jan. 21 by EWU athletic director Bill Chaves.
Best has spent 20 seasons since the fall of 1996 as a player and coach at Eastern, including the last nine seasons as Eastern's offensive line coach under former head coach Beau Baldwin. Baldwin announced Jan. 16 he was leaving Eastern to take the offensive coordinator position at Cal.
Besides coaching the offensive line as a full-time assistant for 14 of his 16 seasons on the coaching staff, Best has also served in various coordinator positions, most recently as the team's running game coordinator and as the program's long-time academic coordinator. He was a student assistant coach in 2000 and a graduate assistant in 2001, then became the school's primary offensive line coach from 2002-2006, and again from 2008-16.
Best is only the fifth head coach since 1979 for the Eagles, and the third since then who played collegiately as an offensive lineman. Dick Zornes, who is also an Eastern graduate, coached at EWU from 1979-93 before former Idaho offensive lineman Mike Kramer took over from 1994-99. Washington State offensive lineman Paul Wulff took over from 2000-2007 until Baldwin, a Central Washington graduate, took the reins in 2008.
Best helped coordinate an offense in 2016 which set seven Big Sky Conference records and two additional EWU marks for a total of nine school records. Eastern finished the year ranked second in FCS in total offense with an average of 529.6 yards per game and was the FCS leader in passing offense (401.0 yards per game). Eastern was also third in scoring offense (42.4).
Eastern's offense excelled after Best helped develop an offensive line that lost all five starters from EWU's 2015 squad plus two other seniors. In the last eight games of the 2016 season, the starting lineup consisted of two redshirt freshmen and a trio of sophomores. Eastern finished 12-2 overall and was a perfect 8-0 in the Big Sky Conference.
He was Eastern's long-snapper for four seasons and was a backup lineman in 1997 when Eastern led the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in total offense (505.6 yards per game). That team finished 12-2 and advanced to the FCS "Final Four." The Eagles were 30-17 in the four seasons Best played for EWU, and Eastern had a 1,000-yard rusher each year. In all, the Eagles have had a 1,000-yard rusher in 11 of the 19 seasons Best has been at EWU.
Four of the offensive linemen he coached earned All-Big Sky honors - Powers (first team), Jackson (second team), senior guard Nikolai Myers (honorable mention) and Forgette (honorable mention). Eastern quarterbacks were sacked only 24 times, including just seven times in four playoff games.
Yosemite High School - Head Coach
Fresno State - Defensive Line Coach
Jamar Cain enters his first season as the Bulldogs' assistant coach for the defensive line. He was hired March 23, 2017.
Cain coached the last three seasons at North Dakota State. He was part of NDSU's fourth and fifth straight FCS national championships in 2014 and 2015, and the team's sixth consecutive Missouri Valley Football Conference title in 2016.
Cain helped in developing 2014 Buck Buchanan Award winner (best defensive player in the FCS) and consensus All-American Kyle Emanuel, who had 19.5 sacks and 32.5 tackles for a loss his senior year and was a fifth round NFL draft pick. He also coached All-American Greg Menard, a nominee for the 2016 Buck Buchanan Award.
Prior to NDSU, Cain was an assistant coach for defensive lines at Wyoming (2013), Cal Poly (2009-12), and Missouri State (2006-08). While coaching for the Cowboys, Cain was elevated to interim defensive coordinator under head coach Dave Christensen eight games into the season.
Cain was a defensive graduate assistant on Frank Solich's staff at Ohio in 2005, and was the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Sacramento City College in 2004.
University of Nevada - Defensive Coordinator/LB
Veteran defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel enters his first season as a member of the Nevada coaching staff under head coach Jay Norvell. He also coaches the Wolf Pack linebackers.
Casteel runs the 3-3-5 defensive scheme, utilizing a three defensive linemen and a host of linebackers and defensive backs. He has more than 30 years of coaching experience and was Football Scoop's 2014 Linebackers Coach of the Year, Rivals' 2007 Defensive Coordinator of the Year and the 2008 Big East Coordinator of the Year.
He has coached in 15 bowl games, including 14 straight from 2001 to 2015. While at Arizona, Casteel helped the Wildcats to four straight bowl games and tutored, among others, linebacker Scooby Wright, who became a unanimous All-American and the Pac-12's Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year. Wright was among the top five nationally in total tackles, tackles for loss (29), sacks (14) and fourth in forced fumbles in 2014.
Casteel was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at West Virginia during the 2003-11 seasons and spent the 2002 season in Morgantown as co-coordinator. He worked with the defensive line at WVU in 2001 and as defensive ends coach at UTEP in 2000.
Among some of Casteel's noteworthy defenses at WVU were units that were No. 4 nationally in turnover margin in 2003; No. 7 nationally in turnover margin and No. 15 in total defense in 2005; best in the Big East and No. 13 nationally in rushing defense and 25th in turnover margin in 2006; No. 7 in total defense, No. 8 in scoring defense, No. 9 in turnover margin and top-20 marks in sacks and rushing defense in 2007; No. 11 in scoring defense and top-20 marks in turnover margin and pass efficiency defense in 2008; No. 3 nationally in total defense in 2010.
He was the defensive line and strength coach at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W. Va., in 1989 and 1990 and assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 1991 to 1999 at Shepherd before moving to Division I football at UTEP. Shepherd teams won West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles six times while he was assistant head coach. He was part of a WVU staff that led the Mountaineers to an average of 10 victories per season from 2006-11, two of those under Rich Rodriguez.
He began his coaching career at California University in Pennsylvania as a graduate assistant from 1984-86, and then coached the defensive line at Palmetto High School in Miami, Fla., for a year.
Casteel has coached in 15 bowl games in his career: 2015 New Mexico Bowl, 2014 Fiesta Bowl, 2013 Independence Bowl, 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, 2011 Orange Bowl, 2010 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Gator Bowl, 2008 Car Care Bowl, 2007 Fiesta Bowl, 2006 Gator Bowl, 2005 Sugar Bowl, 2004 Gator Bowl, 2003 Gator Bowl, 2002 Continental Tire Bowl, 2000 Humanitarian Bowl.
U.C. Davis - Head Coach
Director of Athletics Kevin Blue named Aggie alumnus Dan Hawkins head football coach at UC Davis on Nov. 28, 2016.
Hawkins, who also served as a college football studio analyst at ESPN in recent seasons, brings a unique depth of experience and innovative offensive approach back to his alma mater. During his career, Hawkins built Boise State to elite status on the college football landscape and coached in the Big XII at the University of Colorado.
"We are very excited to welcome Dan Hawkins back to UC Davis to lead an exciting new era of football at his alma mater. Dan is a highly experienced head football coach who possesses in-depth expertise about what it takes to be successful in the modern era of Div. I college football," said Blue.
Hawkins, the 17th head coach in the program's history, is married to the former Misti Rae Ann Hokanson.
Head Coach Dan Hawkins:
- Played fullback for legendary UC Davis head coach Jim Sochor from 1981-82
- Member of the 1982 football team that advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship after winning the 12th of 20 consecutive conference titles
- First-generation college student
- Served as an assistant coach for his mentor, Sochor, from 1983-85
- Graduated from UC Davis in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in physical education
- Earned a master's degree in educational administration from Saint Mary's (Calif.) College in 1993
- First college head coaching opportunity took place at Willamette University
- That football program, one that enjoyed just three winning seasons in the eight prior to Hawkins' arrival, posted a combined 39-12-1 mark during his tenure (1993-97)
- Included in that winning overall record is a pair of 5-0 conference records, a 13-1 overall record and NAIA national runner-up finish in 1997
- Turned Boise State from a "school with the blue football turf" into a perennial national power as its head coach from 2001-05
- During the Hawkins era, the Broncos posted a 56-11 overall record, which included a 37-3 record and 31-game win streak in the Western Athletic Conference
- Boise State led the country in scoring (45.6) and total offense (501.5) in 2002
- Hawkins coached 20 All-WAC first-team selections, three All-Americans, and 10 players that played in the NFL
- Coach Hawkins led the Broncos to four WAC titles, collected Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and '04, and ended the 2004 season as a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Award
- Took over a rebuilding Colorado (2006-10) program and gained invaluable experience during his tenure with the Big XII Conference
- Remained within the collegiate ranks after Colorado and served as a studio analyst at ESPN before returning to UC Davis
- Also coached at Christian Brothers High School (1986-87) in Sacramento, College of the Siskiyous (1988-91) and Sonoma State (1992)
- Led the U.S. National Football Team to a gold medal at the 2015 IFAF World Championship
Weber State - Head Coach
The 2016 season was the third season for Jay Hill as the head coach at Weber State. In 2016, he led the Wildcats to a winning record, a third-place finish in the Big Sky, and a trip to the FCS Playoffs.
Hill was named the 11th head coach in Weber State football history in December 2013. After three seasons at WSU, he has a career record of 15-20 overall and is 13-11 in Big Sky Conference games. He has coached 34 players to Big Sky All-Conference honors and two players have earned All-American honors.
In 2016, Hill guided Weber State to a 7-5 record. The Wildcats finished 6-2 in Big Sky Conference play, finishing third in the conference standings, Weber State's highest finish since 2009. Weber State also qualified for the FCS Playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Wildcats were also ranked nationally during the season for the first time in six years.
Weber State's defense led the Big Sky in passing defense. During the season the 'Cats won five-straight games, including a dramatic comeback with at Southern Utah, where the Wildcats rallied for a 22-point deficit in the final eight minutes of the game. Weber State also posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in six years. The Wildcats had 13 players earn Big Sky All-Conference honors, including Andrew Vollert and Tre'von Johnson and the first team. Vollert was also named an All-American at Weber State.
In 2015, Hill guided the Wildcats to a 6-5 overall record and a 5-3 record in Big Sky play. It was Weber State's first winning season in five years and included several key victories. The Wildcats picked up a 24-21 overtime in at Montana, their first win in Missoula since 1987. Weber State also finished the year 4-1 at home with wins over Sacramento State, North Dakota, UC Davis and Idaho State. WSU had 10 players earn Big Sky All-Conference honors and Joe Hawkins earned All-American honors. Weber State also led the Big Sky in total defense under Hill's leadership.
In 2014, his first season as a head coach, Hill led the Wildcats to a 2-10 overall record and a 2-6 mark in Big Sky play. Under his direction, Weber State saw dramatic improvements statistically and finished the season in the top third in the Big Sky in several categories. He also coached 11 Wildcats that earned Big Sky All-Conference honors.
Hill, 40, a longtime assistant coach at the University of Utah, came to WSU with a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the West and has spent time working for three different head coaches at Utah
He spent 13 years (2001-13) at Utah, including the last nine seasons as a full-time assistant coach under Kyle Whittingham. Prior to that, he spent four years as a graduate assistant and administrative assistant with the Utes under legendary coaches Ron McBride and Urban Meyer.
The Lehi, Utah native played college football at Ricks Junior College, where he earned junior college All-American honors at cornerback. He went on to play two seasons (1998-99) at Utah under Ron McBride. As a senior he led the Mountain West in interceptions, was named Utah's Defensive MVP and earned second team All-Conference honors. He later played briefly in the XFL and signed free agent contracts with the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants.
After his playing career he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant coach and one year as an administrative assistant, working for McBride and Meyer.
In 2005, he became a full-time assistant coach under Whittingham. All nine seasons he spent at Utah he worked as the special teams coordinator. He also coached on offense and defense, coaching the cornerbacks (2005-06;2010-11), running backs (2012) and tight ends (2007-09; 2013).
Utah's special teams excelled under Hill. In 2006 the Utes led the nation in net punting. They led the Mountain West in kickoff coverage four straight seasons and led the Pac-12 in the category in 2011, Utah's first year in the conference. In 2012 Utah was sixth in the nation in kick return average and this past season the Utes again led the Pac-12 in net punting and finished 10th in the nation. In 2008 Hill was a finalist for the FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year.
In his career at Utah, Hill served as the position coach for five All-Americans: defensive back Eric Weddle in 2006, punter Louie Sakoda in 2007, Sakoda as a place kicker in 2008, punt returner Shaky Smithson in 2010 and kick returner Reggie Dunn in 2012. Weddle was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and is a Pro Bowl safety. Sakoda, the only unanimous consensus All-American in Utah football history, was a Lou Groza and Ray Guy finalist in 2008. Smithson led the nation in punt returns yards and average in 2010. Hill also mentored NFL draft picks Sean Smith, Brice McCain, R.J. Stanford and Brandon Burton.
During his tenure with the Utes, Hill became acclaimed as a top recruiter. Rivals.com named him to its "Class of 2009 Top 25 Recruiters" and named him one of the Top 10 Recruiters in the Pac-12 in 2012.
Hill earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish in 2000 from Utah and earned his master's degree in ESS/Sports Psychology in 2005.
De La Salle High School - Defensive Coordinator
University Nevada Reno - Offensive Coordinator/QB
A disciple of the noted "Air Raid" offensive attack, Mumme comes to the Pack after four seasons as the head coach of LaGrange College in Georgia. He played quarterback at the University of Kentucky under his father, Hal Mumme, the noted architect of the pass-happy and up-tempo Air Raid system.
"We want to be a dynamic team that is equally adept at throwing and running the football," Norvell said in announcing Mumme's hiring. "The Air Raid runs best with great backs and a great running game and we want to continue that great tradition at Nevada. Coach Mumme has been an offensive coordinator for 10 years running the same system. He knows how to install it, with every detail from the time a player walks on the field to the time he leaves practice."
Mumme arrived in Reno with 14 years of coaching experience under his belt, including 10 as an offensive coordinator at New Mexico State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, McMurry University, Davidson College and LaGrange College. In his coaching career, he has guided a top-10 passing offense in the nation 11 times, including three times as the top passing offense in the nation and once as the top team in total offense.
"My wife, Fayedra, and I are very excited and blessed to be joining the Wolf Pack family," Mumme said. "Coach Norvell has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this business. I am honored to be joining his staff. I'm also excited about getting to spend some time with Coach Ault, who has been an icon in not only the history of Nevada but also the football world. Several years ago after competing against Coach Ault while we were at New Mexico State, I realized the value of his "Pistol" style. Once I incorporated this into the Air Raid it gave us more versatility in the run game as well as the passing game."
Mumme's offense led the USA South conference in passing for the fourth straight year in 2016, averaging more than 360 yards per game. The Panthers led NCAA Division III in passing yards per game in 2013 and were sixth in 2014. In 2016 they finished fifth in the nation in passing.
Mumme's offenses at Davidson broke numerous school records. Quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff broke the school passing record and was sixth in the nation, while receiver Lanny Funsten became an All-American under Mumme, setting a single-season school record with 100 receptions.
In two seasons at McMurry, Mumme's War Hawks were second in Division III in passing yards and led all of college football with 45 touchdown passes. His offense produced 6,699 passing yards and 71 touchdowns, driving the team's first winning season in 10 years.
Mumme has coached 10 all-conference quarterbacks and receivers. Mumme also coached All-American quarterback Martin Hankins at Southeastern Louisiana. Hankins threw for 7,777 yards and 65 touchdowns and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, the Heisman Trophy for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Series.
His 2003 offense at SELU led the nation in both passing offense and total offense. The 2004 Lions offense also led the nation in passing under Mumme's direction. Mumme holds a degree in human environmental studies with a minor in business from the University of Kentucky and also earned a master's in business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. His wife, Fayedra, is a licensed professional counselor.
University of Nevada - Head Coach
Jay Norvell was hired as the 26th head football coach in Nevada program history on Dec. 9, 2016, ushering in a new era of Wolf Pack football.
The appointment marks the first head coaching tenure for Norvell, but he is certainly well versed in the game of football with a 31-year coaching career that spans college football's top levels and the National Football League. Norvell, 53, has coached in both the BCS National Championship Game with the Oklahoma Sooners and Super Bowl XXXVII with the Oakland Raiders.
Throughout his three decades of coaching, he has stops at Iowa, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin, Iowa State, the Indianapolis Colts, the Oakland Raiders, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, and most recently, Arizona State.
An All-Big 10 defensive back during a stellar playing career at Iowa, Norvell has made his coaching mark on the other side of the ball, coordinating offensive schematics while at Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona State. He's tutored a number of top players, including NFL wide receivers Kenny Stills, Sterling Shepard and Marvin Harrison as well Ryan Broyles, who left Oklahoma as the NCAA's all-time receptions leader.
"And, through more than three decades of earning a well-deserved reputation nationally as a top-quality coach, Jay knows how to build a successful program that stresses excellence through performance and through personal integrity. These are qualities that our community will rally around as Wolf Pack football begins an exciting new chapter. We are very excited to have Jay as our football coach, and to welcome Jay and his family to northern Nevada."
Throughout his career Norvell has had a hand in postseason football as well with 14 bowl game appearances, including the 2009 National Championship, four NFL playoff games and the Super Bowl appearance.
He spent the 2016 season with Arizona State, his only year with that program, before coming to Nevada. Prior to his time with the Sun Devils he served the 2015 season as the wide receivers coach at Texas and took over play-calling responsibilities for the Longhorns at the beginning of the season, helping to produce two wins over top 15 teams.
Before his one year at Texas, Norvell spent seven seasons at Oklahoma, which included three as the assistant offensive coordinator and receivers coach (2008-10), and four years as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach (2011-14). While with the Sooners he coached three of the top four players on OU's all-time receptions list, including Broyles, Stills and Juaquin Iglesias, oversaw five of the program's top six single-season reception marks, and helped his receiving corps earn 10 all-conference and three academic all-conference first team honors. In 2014, Oklahoma ranked 20th in the nation in scoring offense and was 23rd in total offense.
Under Norvell, the Sooners also had a strong rushing attack as the team ranked 10th in rushing offense in 2014 and was 18th in 2013, which were the program's highest averages since 1990. He worked with a number of talented running backs at OU, including All-Pro Demarco Murray and All-American Samaje Perine.
Prior to his appointment at Oklahoma, Norvell served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both UCLA in 2007 and Nebraska from 2004-06. The Cornhuskers were one of only two teams in the nation to rank in the top 25 in total offense, scoring offense, rushing offense and passing offense in 2006. That same year Nebraska totaled nine wins and finished the regular season as Big 12 North Division Champions.
Aside from the college game, Norvell coached for six seasons in the NFL, four of which were with the Colts and two with the Raiders. While with Oakland he coached tight ends for two seasons and worked alongside an offense that included Hall of Fame receivers Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. His trip to the Super Bowl in 2002 was led by an offense that led the NFL in total yards and passing yards per game. Norvell joined the Colts coaching staff in 1998 as the wide receivers coach and mentored Harrison to 385 receptions, 5,376 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns during his tenure. His time with the Colts was also the first four seasons of two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning's career.
Norvell was assistant head coach at Iowa State from 1995-97 where he worked with quarterbacks and receivers, including Sage Rosenfels, who went on to play with the Minnesota Vikings. From 1989-94, Norvell coached offensive line, receivers and special teams at Wisconsin, which followed his first full-time position as receivers coach at Northern Iowa in 1988.
A 1986 graduate of Iowa, Norvell was an All-Big Ten defensive back and recorded a league-high seven interceptions in 1985 as he helped the Hawkeyes put together a 10-2 record, a conference championship and a spot in the Rose Bowl. He was a member of the Chicago Bears in 1987 before he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater.
Norvell, who hails from Madison, Wis., has a wife, Kim, and son, Jaden. He is the author of a book, "Complete Wide Receiver," which was published in 2012.
U.C. Davis - Offensive Coordinator
Tim Plough, a former UC Davis quarterback and assistant coach, returns to his alma mater to assume the role of offensive coordinator under new head coach Dan Hawkins. The 2008 Aggie graduate most recently completed his fourth season at Northern Arizona, where he mentored the Lumberjack aerial game to the country's No. 1 passing efficiency in 2015.
Plough's homecoming will mark his sixth overall season on the Aggie coaching staff. He served as a student assistant coach in 2008, then became the team's quarterbacks coach the following year. From 2010 through 2012, Plough was elevated to the position of passing game coordinator. During that span, he helped nurture Randy Wright into becoming the first UC Davis freshman to start at quarterback in a full decade.
Combining his redshirt season of 2003, four years as a letterwinner and another five on the staff, Plough spent a full decade as a part of UC Davis football, building relationships and experiences he still treasures. "I'm super-excited to be back," he said. "It's such an important part of my life, and part of my growth as a player and a coach."
"In my first go-round at UC Davis, I was still learning how to be a coach. I was super-fortunate to have guys like Bob Biggs, Mike Moroski and Jim Sochor mentor me for those five years. I used to meet with Coach Sochor weekly, just away from coaching. He helped me grow as a man during my post-college years. They gave me a great platform to do that."
Plough's coaching journey then took him to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he joined the NAU staff as a wide receivers coach in 2013. He held that role for two seasons, guiding four players to All-Big Sky status. Third-team honoree Ify Umodo also went on to sign a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears in 2015.
In his third season, Plough was promoted to offensive coordinator. Both the Lumberjack ground and passing game flourished under his leadership: first-team All-Big Sky pick Casey Jahn because just the 12th player in school history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards, while both quarterback Casey Cookus and receiver Emmanuel Butler garnered All-America accolades. Cookus also garnered FCS Freshman Player of the Year distinction, helping Plough's offense rank No. 1 nationally in passing efficiency (180.18), seventh in scoring offense (39.3 ppg) and eighth in passing offense (303.2 ypg).
"Going to NAU got me away from what I had known," said Plough. "In the last few years, we have stumbled upon an offense that is new and that a lot of people don't run. We've had some success with it. I used a lot of the things I learned at Davis and then grew into my own."
This fall, NAU continued to rate among the country's top FCS offenses under Plough's tutelage, despite an early season injury to Cookus. The Jacks finished among the top 10 nationally in passing offense (318.8 ypg), fewest sacks allowed (0.73) and total offense (475.5). Overall, NAU posted a 28-17 record in Plough's four seasons on staff.
Formerly a football/baseball standout from San Diego, Plough lettered four years at UC Davis and earned the starting role as a senior. His 388 yards at Eastern Washington on September 15, 2007 still ranks 16th in school history and third in the program's Division I era. Plough earned his bachelor's degree in history from UC Davis in 2008, then added a master's in coaching education from Ohio University four years later. His wife Christine, whom he met at UC Davis, have a one-year-old son named Jackson.
Plough's appointment completes the top-level staff under Hawkins, who was announced as the UC Davis head football coach on November 28. Robert Tucker was the first hire, becoming the defensive coordinator; then Mark Speckman was announced as assistant head coach a day later. Isaiah Jackson (inside linebackers) and Jerry Brady (outside linebackers) were subsequently added to the defensive staff.
"Probably one of the more attractive things, other than coming back to my alma mater, is the opportunity to work with Coach Hawk," Plough said. "He has such a great track record and so much success at a high level. For a young coach like me, to be able to learn from him and to watch someone come into a program to really reignite what we've done at UC Davis -- I just feel very fortunate to be part of that."
Oaks Christian - Head Coach
Bill Redell is an American football coach and member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Redell serves as head coach at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California, since 2000, and has formed them into one of California's best high school football programs. The Oaks Christian Lions finished 6th on the final USA Today prep football Super25 ranking of 2006.
Redell played quarterback at San Marino High School in San Marino, California, earning a scholarship for USC, but later transferred to play at Occidental College in 1962 and 1963. In his two years at Occidental he passed for 1,567 yards and rushed for 1,583. He passed for 11 touchdowns and rushed for eight. He completed 68 percent of pass attempts. He averaged 6.3 yards on each rushing attempt. He played cornerback on defense and had seven pass interceptions in his career. He did the team's punting and place kicking, making 36 of 43 extra-point attempts. He led Occidental to two championships in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and was named to the NAIA All-America team in 1963.
After college, he played six years in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Calgary Stampeders. In 1970, he became a football coach. His first jobs were as assistant on the collegiate level at California State University, Fullerton and California Lutheran University. Then he became a head coach at the high school level. He is retiring from Oaks Christian in 2012.
Los Medanos College - Offensive Line Coach
Coach Reinders has been on the Mustang Football staff since 2007. Dave has had five all-conference players and assisted five players in obtaining scholarship positions at four-year colleges/universities. A staff member of the 2008, 4th ranked offense in northern California JUCO, and 2009, #2 rushing offense in the state, Dave continues to turn out effective linemen, who assisted Thomas Hampton in becoming the 2009 #1 running back in California Junior College Football.
Prior to Los Medanos, Coach Reinders was the Varsity Head Coach at Liberty High School in Brentwood, California. From 2003-2005, he was the Varsity Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach. From 2001-2002, Dave was the Varsity Offensive Line Coach and in 2000, he was the Junior Varsity Head Coach. During his tenure at Liberty, Coach Reinders helped produce 12 BVAL All-Conference linemen.
Coach Reinders has also coached on the staffs at Fontana High School, Fontana, California and Western Christian High School, Covina, California, as an offensive line and linebacker coach. During that time he had two all-conference players.
A 1996 graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a degree in social studies, Dave also played defensive tackle for the Cougars during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. In 2003 Coach Reinders co-founded LinemenInc Camps, a summer camp for high school linemen that has helped to produce no less than 10 NCAA Division I players.
Coach Reinders has been a teacher at Liberty High School since 2000. He and his wife of 14 years, Kathy, live in nearby Oakley, California with their three children.
Sacramento State - Head Coach
Jody Sears became the 10th head football coach in Sacramento State history when he was named the head football coach on April 25, 2014. The elevation came just months after Sears was hired as the Hornets' defensive coordinator in the spring of 2014.
Despite taking over the team following spring practice, Sears helped unify a team which went on to record a 7-5 overall record, matching the highest win total in the school's Div. I era. The seven victories were the most by a first-year coach in Sacramento State history, surpassing the previous high by two wins. In fact, Sears joined College Football Hall of Famer John Baker as the only Hornet coaches to post winning records in their debut season at Sacramento State. Led by a high-powered offense which set or tied nine school single-season records, the Hornets scored 40 or more points in eight games.
Following the season, 14 members of the team earned all-Big Sky honors. Among that list was All-American wide receiver DeAndre Carter and kicker Brad Cornish who were each named first team all-league. Quarterback Garrett Safron, linebacker Darnell Sankey, wide receiver Nnamdi Agude and defensive end Jaycee Totty were each voted to the second team.
Sears also continued to serve as the team's defensive coordinator. His unit showed continued improvement throughout the season, helping spark the Hornets' three game winning streak to end the year. In the victory over UC Davis in the Causeway Classic, the defense forced five turnovers and also had a pair of fourth-down stops.
In 2015, Sears' team battled youth and key injuries throughout the season. Sacramento State had 15 underclassmen on the defensive two deep and played five quarterbacks during the year. Even with all the change, the team had five players earn all-Big Sky honors. The group was highlighted by Sankey who was a first team selection and became the first consensus All-American in the school's Div. I era.
A veteran of the Big Sky Conference, Sears was the defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington from 2003-07 and returned to the league as the head coach at Weber State in 2012-13.
With 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, Sears brought a lengthy resume to the Hornets. His coaching tenure began as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 1994 where he spent three years coaching the defensive backs and wide receivers. He was then the defensive coordinator at St. Ambrose in 1998 before moving to Army where he oversaw the cornerbacks and defensive line.
Sears' first opportunity in the Big Sky came at Eastern Washington where he coached the safeties, linebackers and defensive backs from 2000-02. He was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2003 and had seven of his players earn all-Big Sky honors.
While with the Eagles, the team made the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs three times and also produced three FCS All-Americans on defense, including Buck Buchanan Award winner Greg Peach. Eastern Washington also ranked among the conference's leaders in takeaways during Sears' time as defensive coordinator.
In 2008, Sears followed Eastern Washington head coach Paul Wulff to Washington State. He served as the Cougars' co-defensive coordinator for three seasons and coached the cornerbacks in each of his four seasons at WSU.
Sears returned to the Big Sky in April of 2012 as the defensive coordinator for John L. Smith at Weber State. However, after Smith departed for Arkansas, Sears was named the interim head coach for the Wildcats. During his first season, the team had seven all-Big Sky performers, led my linebacker Anthony Morales who was a second team selection. That year, Morales finished third among FCS players in tackles per game. Following the 2013 season, six Weber State players earned all-Big Sky honors.
A graduate of Washington State who later earned his master's degree from Iowa State, Sears was a two-year letterwinner for WSU as a receiver. While with the Cougars, he played for head coaches Jim Walden, Dennis Erickson and Mike Price.
U.C. Davis - Defensive Coordinator
Robert Tucker, a proven winner at the college and international levels throughout his 19-year career, is UC Davis' new defensive coordinator.
Throughout the last three seasons as the head football coach at West Hills College and Los Angeles Valley College, Tucker's teams posted a combined 30-3 overall record and won a bowl game each year.
"I'm really excited about being back home in the Sacramento region. Growing up in this area, I have always been aware of UC Davis football, its championship culture and outstanding academic reputation," said Tucker.
"I already feel a great sense of Aggie Pride and cannot wait to join Coach Hawkins to continue the proud tradition at UC Davis."
In 2014, West Hills College selected Tucker to lead its program - a decision that resulted in immediate success. Before his arrival, the team posted a 2-8 record; after he joined the staff, the Falcons won a Northern California Football Conference championship, posted the best record in school history by winning 10 of 11 games and hosted the school's first bowl game since 1982.
This extraordinary season led the Golden Coast League to honor Tucker as its 2014 Co-Coach of the Year.
That impressive turnaround led to Tucker's next head coaching position at Los Angeles Valley College, which allowed his wife and children to spend more time with extended family that lived throughout the region.
As was the case at West Hills, Los Angeles Valley College experienced an unprecedented level of success throughout his tenure by winning 20 of 22 games and collecting championships each of his two seasons. By capturing a Golden State Bowl title in 2015, the Monarchs ended a 19-year championship drought.
Not only did Tucker lead LAVC to another championship the following season, his team also set a new all-time school record by posting a perfect 11-0 record.
Tucker's recent success at LAVC is another highlight of a storied coaching career that includes three bowl championships in as many seasons, five Division I bowl appearances at Boise State and Colorado, another bowl bid as a member of Oregon's coaching staff, two NAIA National and two IFAF World Championships, most recently in 2015 as the U.S. National Football Team's defensive coordinator.
Whether it is at the Division I, Division II, NAIA or international levels, student-athletes, players and teams thrived in the classroom, and on the field, under Tucker's tutelage.
Quintin Mikell, an 11-year veteran who retired after competing for the Carolina Panthers, and Chris Carr, another defensive back that ended his nine-year career with the New Orleans Saints, are two of Tucker's protégés from Boise State who enjoyed successful professional careers. Drafted by the New York Jets with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, former Bronco Kyle Wilson is another highly touted defensive back that is currently on the Saints' roster.
Throughout his six years at Boise State (2000-06), Tucker played a key role in the program's rise to national prominence as a member of Hawkins' coaching staff. As the team's safeties coach and recruiting coordinator, the Broncos became a national power, and posted a 56-11 overall record, which included a 37-3 mark and a 31-game win streak against conference opponents.
Shortly after he accepted the Colorado's head coach offer, Hawkins selected Tucker to help rebuild the program. From 2006-10, Tucker served as the team's coordinator of recruiting and director of football operations before resuming his coaching career at the University of Sioux Falls.
In Tucker's first year as the team's assistant head coach/special teams coordinator and defensive back coach, Sioux Falls advanced to the NAIA Championship Game with a 13-1 record.
During the offseason, Tucker returned to the French Federation of American Football and gained additional international coaching experience as Team France's defensive coordinator. After the National Team's season ended, he returned home to resume his coaching duties at Sioux Falls.
In the upcoming years, it was Tucker's leadership that helped the program experience a successful transition to Division II competition, which ultimately led to a promotion as the Cougars' defensive coordinator. Sioux Falls quickly made a name for itself by winning another 20 games in the three years following its NAIA title appearance, which helped Tucker receive his first head coaching opportunity when West Hills College invited him to lead its program.
Combined with his two seasons at the helm of Molosses D' Asnieres, a FFAF organization that advanced to the national semifinals and national finals in 1998 and '99 respectfully, Tucker's combined record as a head coach is an impressive 48-10-1 (.822).
When he arrives to campus, the Aggies' new defensive coordinator will work alongside the individual responsible for his first professional position. Mere months after Tucker received his degree in 1997, Hawkins - Willamette's head coach at the time - invited Tucker to join his staff as its defensive back coach/defensive line assistant coach.
As a Willamette student-athlete, Tucker led the football program to its first postseason appearance in 28 seasons. In addition to earning All-America honors as a senior, the program named him its Most Valuable Player and Male Athlete of the Year.
Tucker earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Willamette and a master's degree in physical education, with an emphasis in athletic administration, from Idaho State.
A Northern California native, Tucker played for Mike Alberghini while attending Grant High School from 1989-'93, competing in the Optimist All-Star football and baseball games as a senior. He was also selected team captain in 1992 - the year Grant won its first San Joaquin Section championship.
Joining Tucker in Davis are his wife, Oriana, his son, Avery (6), daughters Amelia (4) and Alexis (3).
Fernley High School - Head Coach