Reed High School - Head Coach
Tony Amantia, in his first season at the helm at Reed, has led the Raiders to the Nevada Class 4A state football championship.
The Reed players say Amantia's energy got the program back on track after a devastating loss at Reno, 39-0, on Oct. 13. After that game, the Raiders rolled through the rest of the season, kept it going in the playoffs, and then avenged that loss to Reno by beating the Huskies in the Northern 4A Regional championship, 24-21.
Amantia said one of the first things he noticed when taking over the Reed program was how the good players are at getting fired up.
"We have an innate ability, that I haven't seen too many squads have, in all my years of coaching, where they really can get the juice going. When we play like that, we usually play pretty darn good," Amantia said. "I just tapped into it. I kind of have a little fire in me, so it kind of meshes, we get each other going."
Green Bay Packers - Offensive Line Coach
James Campen begins his 15th campaign as a Packers coach and his 20th overall with the organization.
Campen was promoted to offense - run game coordinator/offensive line on Jan. 24, 2018, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, after holding the offensive line coach position since Jan. 15, 2007. Campen moved up from his position as assistant offensive line coach in McCarthy's first season at the helm. Prior to that, Campen filled the role of assistant offensive line/quality control coach for two seasons (2004-05).
In nine of Campen's 11 seasons as offensive line coach, the Packers have ranked in the top 10 in the league in scoring. Green Bay finished in the top 10 in total offense in eight of those 11 seasons, highlighted by three of the top four single-season yardage marks in franchise history.
In 2017, Campen guided Bakhtiari to second-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press for the second straight season, as he joined Forrest Gregg as the only offensive tackles in team history to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. Campen's line helped the offense rank No. 3 in red-zone scoring (61.9 percent) and tied for No. 6 in 10-play drives (30). They helped the offense rank No. 5 in the league in yards per carry (4.47) and post four 160-yard rushing games, tied for No. 7 in the NFL.
In 2016, Campen guided Lang to his first Pro Bowl selection, the second straight year that a Green Bay guard was selected to the Pro Bowl. Bakhtiari also was selected to his first career Pro Bowl and earned second-team All-Pro honors from AP, the first Packers tackle to receive All-Pro recognition from AP since Gregg (first-team selection) in 1967. Campen's line helped QB Aaron Rodgers rank No. 1 in the league in TD passes (40), the first Packers quarterback to do so since Brett Favre in 2003, while also setting a franchise single-season record for completions (401). The offensive line helped the Packers rank in the top 10 in the NFL in numerous categories, including points per game (No. 4, 27.0), yards per game (No. 8, 368.8), passing yards per game (No. 7, 262.4), yards per carry (No. 7, 4.55), third-down conversions (No. 2, 46.7), first downs (No. 7, 349), time of possession (No. 5, 31:14) and giveaways (t-No. 8, 17).
game in 2013, which tied a single-season franchise record.
Formerly a player with the Packers, Campen was a Plan B free agency addition from the New Orleans Saints in 1989. He played in 15 games for Green Bay that season, then took over as the starter at center in 1990, starting all 16 games and grading out as the most consistent member of the offensive line. Campen went on to play in 13 games in both 1991 and '92.
Green Bay's starting center on Sept. 27, 1992, vs. Pittsburgh, Campen literally launched Favre's 285-game starting streak, an NFL record among QBs. Campen's playing career came to an end in 1993 when he suffered a torn hamstring in Week 4 at Dallas and later underwent season-ending surgery. He played in 61 games overall with the Packers, making 42 starts from 1990-92.
Campen broke into the NFL by talking his way into a free-agent contract with the Saints in 1986 after going undrafted. Waived during training camp, he made the New Orleans roster in 1987 on his second try and started three games for the Saints.
A two-year starter at Tulane (1984-85), Campen received the school's Dr. Eamon Kelley Award as a senior, honoring the top student-athlete in the class who bettered the campus and community. He was the first football player to serve as a resident advisor in the dormitory. Campen earlier had begun his collegiate career at Sacramento (Calif.) City Junior College (1982-83).
Campen began his coaching career as defensive coordinator at his prep alma mater, Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, Calif. After four seasons, he was named head coach and went 29-20-1 over the next five years competing in the Sierra Valley Conference, one of the most competitive high school leagues in the state. As a Ponderosa student-athlete, he earned two letters in football and three in wrestling.
Possessor of a B.A. in social science with an emphasis in criminal justice, Campen served as a reserve deputy sheriff in New Orleans and volunteered with the Green Bay Police Department in a similar capacity while playing for the Packers.
Folsom High School - Defensive Coordinator
Monterey High School - Head Coach
Coach Ewing is the Head Varsity Football Coach at Monterey Trail High School. Coach Ewing was one of the founding staff members at Monterey Trail and continues to see amazing possibilities for the campus and athletic program.
Monterey Trail High School Era
Monterey Trail Head Football Coach since the school opened in 2004.
2008 Monterey Trail High School's first ever football playoff appearance. 2009 Monterey Trail High School made school history winning 1st
Delta River League Championship and SJS Section Finalist.
2009 Delta River League Coach of the Year
2010 Monterey Trail High School made school history with back to back SJS Section Finalist
2010 Sacramento's News 10 Coach of the Year
2011 Monterey Trail football played on national television playing on ESPN 2014 SJS Semifinalist
Playoff Appearances 2008,2009,2010,2014,2015,2016,2017
San Mateo High School Era
1999-2003 Numerous Bay Area Sports Focus Coach of the week. Playoff Appearances 2002, 2003,
2003 PAL Coach of the Year
2003 San Mateo County Times Coach of the Year
2003 CCS Division III Section Champions
San Jose State - LB Coach
Bojay Filimoeatu was named San Jose State University's linebackers coach in January 2017. He joins the Spartans staff after serving as the 2016 quality control coach for defense at Oregon State.
Filimoeatu (Fee-lee-moe-ee-ah-tu) entered the coaching profession after completing his playing career as a linebacker and special teams player for the 2014 Oakland Raiders.
A dynamic college player, he played in a post-season game in each of his four seasons. Filimoeatu helped Mount San Antonio College win the 2009 and 2010 California Community College state championship. He was a 2010 community college All-America and the state's Defensive Player of the Year for the 71 football-playing schools.
Filimoeatu transferred to Utah State and was a two-year starting linebacker/defensive end for the Aggie teams that played in the 2011 and 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowls and won the 2012 Western Athletic Conference championship. He finished his college career at the 2012 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game.
Raised in Montclair, Calif., the 2012 Utah State graduate was an interdisciplinary studies major with an emphasis in sociology and physical education.
He and his wife, Hailey, reside in San Jose. As Hailey Froton, she was a two-time all-conference softball outfielder and first baseman for Utah State. One of the top players in school history, her 132 career RBIs remain a school record heading after the 2017 season.
Bojay Filimoeatu facts:
Born December 6, 1989 in West Valley City, Utah
2017 San Jose State University linebackers coach
2016 Oregon State University quality control coach/inside linebackers
2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (player)
2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (player)
St. Mary's High School - Head Coach
Rincon High School - Head Coach
Cal Berkeley - Offensive Line Coach
Steve Greatwood is in his second season as the offensive line coach at Cal in 2018 and has a veteran group of returnees in his unit with all seven players who made starts on the offensive line in 2017 returning. The group is part of an offense that returns a total of 17 offensive players that started a combined total of 118 contests in 2017 while losing only four that made 15 starts a year ago.
Cal's 2017 offensive line helped pave the way for standout performances from quarterback Ross Bowers, running back Patrick Laird, and wide receivers Vic Wharton III and Kanawai Noa.
Greatwood has produced some of the top offensive lines in college football history over his 38 seasons as a football coach including 32 campaigns over three stints at his alma mater Oregon.
During his three decades of coaching in his hometown, the Eugene native was instrumental to Oregon's tremendous success on offense. Greatwood spent 25 seasons as the offensive line coach at Oregon beginning with a 13-year run (1982-94) that concluded with a 1995 Rose Bowl berth after beginning his coaching career with two seasons as a graduate assistant at his alma mater (1980-81).
After two seasons with the NFL's St. Louis Rams (1995-96), he returned to collegiate coaching at Maryland (1997) before spending two seasons at USC (1998-99).
Greatwood came back to Eugene as the Ducks' defensive line coach for five seasons (2000-04) before his second stint as the team's offensive line coach (2005-16). He added the title of running game coordinator in 2009 and retained it for his final eight campaigns in Eugene.
During his second stint as Oregon's offensive line coach the Ducks reached a pair of national championship games (2010, '14), won four Pac-10/12 titles (2009, '10, '11, '14), piled up 10 or more victories eight times, played in 11 bowl games and posted winning records in each of the first 11 of those 12 campaigns as Oregon compiled a 119-38 (.758) record during the run.
Greatwood was the architect of the team's successful run game that claimed 10 consecutive conference rushing titles (2006-15), ranked in the top 10 in the nation eight times in his final decade, and established single-season school rushing records on four occasions over his last nine campaigns.
The Ducks offense under Greatwood most recently ranked in the top 10 in 2015 when Oregon led the Pac-12 and was fifth in the country in rushing offense (279.9 ypg), scoring offense (43.0 ppg) and total offense (538.2 ypg).
The 2015 campaign marked the eighth consecutive season the Ducks had a top-10 offense with other highlights during the period including the 2014 team leading the nation in first downs (406) and passing efficiency (180.8); the 2012 squad tying for the national lead in rushing touchdowns (48), becoming the school's first team to average more than 300 yards per game on the ground (315.2 ypg) and setting a school mark for most first downs rushing (204); and the 2011 team rushing for a school-record 4,189 yards on the ground.
Oregon also led the nation in scoring offense (47.0 ppg) and total offense (530.7 ypg) in 2010 while Greatwood earned college football Assistant Coach of the Year honors by Football Scoop.com. He was the AFCA's National Offensive Line Coach of the Year in 2008.
While overseeing the Oregon defensive line in 2004, the Ducks held their opponents to 122.1 yards per game on the ground - the fifth consecutive season under Greatwood the defensive line had helped hold its opponents under 125 yards per game rushing. He also was critical in the development of Haloti.
Season: Team - Position (Conference Champions, Postseason)
1980: Oregon - Graduate Assistant
1981: Oregon - Graduate Assistant
1982: Oregon - Offensive Line
1983: Oregon - Offensive Line
1984: Oregon - Offensive Line
1985: Oregon - Offensive Line
1986: Oregon - Offensive Line
1987: Oregon - Offensive Line
1988: Oregon - Offensive Line
1989: Oregon - Offensive Line (Independence Bowl)
1990: Oregon - Offensive Line (Freedom Bowl)
1991: Oregon - Offensive Line
1992: Oregon - Offensive Line (Independence Bowl)
1993: Oregon - Offensive Line
1994: Oregon - Offensive Line (Rose Bowl)
1995: St. Louis Rams (NFL) - Offensive Line/Tight Ends
1996: St. Louis Rams (NFL) - Offensive Line
1997: Maryland - Offensive Line
1998: USC - Offensive Line (Sun Bowl)
1999: USC - Offensive Line
2000: Oregon - Defensive Line (Holiday Bowl)
2001: Oregon - Defensive Line (Fiesta Bowl)
2002: Oregon - Defensive Line (Seattle Bowl)
2003: Oregon - Defensive Line (Sun Bowl)
2004: Oregon - Defensive Line
2005: Oregon - Offensive Line (Holiday Bowl)
2006: Oregon - Offensive Line (Las Vegas Bowl)
2007: Oregon - Offensive Line (Sun Bowl)
2008: Oregon - Offensive Line (Holiday Bowl)
2009: Oregon - Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line (Rose Bowl)
2010: Oregon - Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line (BCS National Championship Game)
2011: Oregon - Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line (Pac-12 Champions, Rose Bowl)
2012: Oregon - Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line (Fiesta Bowl)
2013: Oregon - Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line (Alamo Bowl)
2014: Oregon - Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line (Pac-12 Champions, Rose Bowl, CFP National Championship Game)
2015: Oregon - Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line (Alamo Bowl)
2016: Oregon - Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line
2017: Cal - Offensive Line
2018: Cal - Offensive Line
*Season in which postseason game was played
San Jose State - Special Teams Coach
Fred Guidici returned to San Jose State University in February 2017 as the Spartans' first quality control coach. He was named the Spartans' special teams coordinator again in February 2018. Guidici is in his second tenure as a San Jose State assistant football coach and his fifth season on the coaching staff.
His first coaching stint with the Spartans covered the 2012 through 2014 seasons. San José State enjoyed a variety of special teams successes.?He was the special teams coordinator all three seasons and coached the running backs in 2012 when the Spartans won the Military Bowl and finished 21st in the final Associated Press national poll.
The 2013 Spartans were the co-national leader for blocking seven opponent's kick scoring tries. Three of them came in the San Diego State game alone. For the first time in school history, the Spartans recorded back-to-back seasons of at least 100 kick-scoring points with a single-season team record 108 in 2012 and 105 in 2013. Punter Harrison?Waid and placekicker Austin Lopez finished their careers as the University's leaders in yards per punt and kick scoring points, respectively. The 2012 San José State team successfully executed its first onside kick attempt in two years which resulted in a touchdown in the school's 62-52 victory over #16-Fresno State. The win was the Spartans' first over a top-20 ranked opponent since the 2000 season.
Guidici joined the San José State University staff in March 2012 as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. That year, the Spartans set a single-season school record for kick-scoring points, produced the program's highest percentage of field goals made in a season, scored points on punt defense and tied the San José State season record for kickoffs returned for a touchdown record.
The 1989 San José State graduate has more than 25 years of professional and college coaching experience.?He coached at Santa Clara University for three seasons (1990-92), Stanford University for two seasons (1993-94), Menlo College (1996-2011) and College of San Mateo (2015-16). Guidici worked with Pro Football Hall of Fame and Super Bowl winning coach Bill Walsh (1931-2007) at Stanford as a defensive assistant coach.
Guidici spent the 1995 season with the Oakland Raiders as the defensive quality control coach. He moved on to the San José SaberCats of the Arena Football League in 1996 and coached the team's offensive and defensive lines and assisted with special teams coaching in his first three ARENA League seasons. Guidici returned to the Arena Football League's San Jose team as an assistant coach for the 2015 season. The SaberCats posted a 20-1 record and won the Arena Bowl - the league's equivalent to the Super Bowl.
Toronto Argonauts - Offensive Line Coach
Jonathan Himebauch enters his second season with the Double Blue. Himebauch returned to Toronto as the club's Offensive Line Coach midway through 2017 after previously serving as the team's Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach during the 2015 season. The native of Greenwich, Connecticut, has 19 years of coaching experience, including six seasons in the CFL and another seven with NCAA programs. In Toronto, Himebauch reunited with head coach Marc Trestman, who he previously coached with from 2009-2011 in Montreal where they won two Grey Cups (2010, 2011).
Career Coaching Experience
2017-Pres Offensive Line Coach, Toronto Argonauts
2016 Offensive Line Coach, Nevada (NCAA)
2015 Offensive Line Coach/Assistant Head Coach, Toronto Argonauts
2014 Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator, Edmonton Eskimos
2012-13 Offensive Line Coach, Wake Forest University (NCAA)
2009-11 Offensive Line Coach, Montreal Alouettes
2006-08 Offensive Line Coach, San Diego State (NCAA)
2005 Head Coach, Harvard-Westlake High School
2004 Offensive Line Coach, UNLV (NCAA)
2003 Offensive Line Coach, Calgary Stampeders
2002 Offensive Line Coach & Tight Ends, Santa Barbara City College
2000-01 Graduate Assistant on Offence, UNLV (NCAA)
1999 Offensive Line Coach, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
1998 Offensive Line Coach, Damien High School
Himebauch joined the Argonauts on September 12, 2017, and helped establish a newfound running attack that helped fuel a playoff run for the Argos. In the nine games following his hiring, the team averaged 100.6 rushing yards per game - up from 65.4 in the previous 11 games - and increased their average net offence from 372 yards per game to 428 yards per game. Under Himebauch's tutelage, Sean McEwen earned East Division Most Outstanding Lineman honours and received his first career CFL All-Star nomination.
In 2015, as the Argos' offensive line coach and assistant head coach, Himebauch helped coach an offence that ranked third in total points (375) and first in total touchdowns (33). Under Himebauch's tutelage, rookie offensive lineman Greg Van Roten was selected as an East Division All-Star in his first CFL season while running back Brandon Whitaker also received East Division Himebauch's football experience includes many years as a player, including one regular season game and a playoff game for the Toronto Argonauts in 1999. Himebauch spent time in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a member of the XFL with the Los Angeles Xtreme as well as NFL Europa with the Rhein Fire between 1998 and 2001. He played college football at the University of Southern California where he was a two-year starter at centre, a team captain and won a Rose Bowl championship over Northwestern in 1996.
Himebauch graduated from USC in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in English. He also earned a Master's degree in education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001.
Dublin High School - Head Coach
De LaSalle High School - Co Head Coach
Amador Valley High School - Head Coach
Greenville High School - Co Head Coach
Atlanta Falcons - QB Coach
Greg Knapp, the former offensive coordinator for the Falcons, returns as the team's quarterbacks coach in 2017, bringing 31 seasons of coaching experience - 23 years in the NFL.
Knapp was most recently with the Denver Broncos where he spent he spent four seasons (2013-16). He was hired as the Broncos quarterbacks coach in 2013, but was then promoted to passing game coordinator in 2014. Under Knapp's tutelage, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning threw for a career high 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns - both are NFL records.
Knapp, whose quarterbacks have combined to play in 11 Pro Bowls, has coached an unprecedented five individual 4,000-yard passers as a coordinator or position coach: Steve Young (1998), Jeff Garcia (2000), Matt Schaub (2010), Carson Palmer (2012), and Peyton Manning (2013-14). In addition to his work with established NFL signal-callers, he has helped young passers like Garcia, Schaub, T.J. Yates, Brock Osweiler, and Trevor Siemian.
Knapp got his first crack in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers in 1995. He crossed paths with Head Coach Dan Quinn in San Francisco in 2001-03, when Quinn was getting his first job in the NFL and Knapp had worked his way up to becoming the offensive coordinator for the Niners. During his time as offensive coordinator, he helped develop Garcia, who made it to three Pro Bowls in 2000-02 under Knapp's leadership. He also coached Hall of Fame quarterback Young and prolific wide receiver Terrell Owens, who made it to three Pro Bowls when he was the offensive coordinator. Owens posted the highest three-year receiving yardage total of his career (3,814) while combining for 290 receptions and 39 total touchdowns for the 49ers in Knapp's offense.
The California native then moved on to Atlanta where he was the offensive coordinator from 2004-06. During his time here in the mid-2000s, Knapp coached three Pro Bowlers: TE Alge Crumpler, RB Warrick Dunn, and QB Michael Vick. Atlanta boasted the NFL's top-ranked rushing unit in all three years with Knapp overseeing the offense, including a team-record 183.7 yards per game on the ground during the 2006 campaign as Vick became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
Knapp went on to become the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders (2007-08, 2012) and the Seattle Seahawks (2009) where he linked back up with Quinn. He also spent time as the quarterbacks coach with the Houston Texans (2010-11), where he helped coach current Falcons backup quarterback Schaub. In 2010, Schaub threw for 4,370 passing yards and 24 touchdowns - both are the second highest of his career.
Knapp got his coaching start at Sacramento State as the Hornets running backs coach. He spent nine years at Sacramento State where he was eventually promoted to Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, spending four years in that position (1991-94).
Knapp has coached 13 players that have played in at least one Pro Bowl.
Trinity Christian - Head Coach
University Nevada Reno - Asst. Head Coach
With over 20 years of coaching experience, Angus McClure returns to Reno and begins his first season as the assistant head coach of the Nevada football program, working specifically with the offensive line.
McClure joins the Wolf Pack after 11 years of coaching at UCLA, handling recruiting and coaching both the defensive and offensive lines over the years. During that span, McClure led the recruiting efforts which resulted in Bruin classes being ranked among the nation's top 20 each year. In 2013-14, he was named among the Top 25 Recruiters in College Football by Rivals.
In addition, UCLA had a defensive lineman selected in eight of the past 10 NFL drafts, including three selected in the first round of the past five drafts. The 2017 season marked the fifth straight draft in which a Bruin defensive lineman had been selected in the draft and was the first time since 2004 that a pair of linemen had been chosen.
In 2016, the Bruin defense allowed 4.9 yards per play, tied for the second-lowest mark in the Pac-12. UCLA gained 23 turnovers on the season to rank 38th in the nation in that category. The opponent third down conversion rate of 34.7% rated 20th in the nation. Opponents gained just 4.1 yards per carry, tied for third-lowest in the league.
First team All-Pac-12 performer Kenny Clark, a first-round selection by the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 NFL Draft, led a Bruin defense in 2015 which surrendered just 5.0 yards per play, second-lowest mark in the Pac-12 Conference. Clark was named a third-team AP All-America and first team all-conference selection. UCLA rated fifth in total defense in the league in 2015 and allowed the third-fewest rushing touchdowns of any program.. Ellis McCarthy was invited to participate in the NFL Combine.
Over his time as a Bruin coach, McClure tutored a number of NFL players: Marsh (Seahawks), Jones (Packers/Vikings), Kevin McDermott (49ers/Ravens/Vikings), Logan Paulsen (Redskins/Bears/49ers), Matthew Slater (Patriots), Mike Harris (Chargers/Vikings), Nate Chandler (Panthers/Bears), Jeff Baca (Vikings/Chargers), Jeff Locke (Vikings/Colts), Cory Harkey (Rams), Kai Forbath (Redskins/Saints/Vikings) and Christian Yount (Browns/Patriots).
McClure came to UCLA after serving as the offensive line/run game coordinator on Turner Gill's staff at the University of Buffalo in 2006. Buffalo scored more points (201) in conference games than any other team in the Mid-American Conference East Division. Running back James Starks earned second team All-MAC honors and was an honorable mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News. Offensive lineman Jamie Richard was drafted and became a starter for the Indianapolis Colts.
McClure spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons as an assistant on Bill Callahan's staff at Nebraska. He assisted with the offensive line, coaching tackles, as well as working with the special teams. The Cornhuskers defeated Michigan in the 2005 Alamo Bowl. McClure pupil Matt Slauson was named Freshman All-American. As a Husker coach, McClure tutored a number of NFL bound players: Matt Slauson (Jets), Lydon Murtha (Dolphins), Chris Patrick (Giants) and Sam Koch (Ravens).
Prior to his stint at Nebraska, McClure was an assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Sacramento State University (1997-2003) where he played a major role in record-breaking offenses. During his tenure, the Hornets set 52 NCAA Division I-AA, Big Sky Conference, or school records. He coached 20 All-Big Sky conference honorees and had six of his players sign NFL contracts. One of McClure's pupils, Lonie Paxton of the Patriots (also Broncos), went on to collect three Super Bowl rings. Another, Marco Cavka, was drafted by the Jets. In addition, five Sacramento State players earned All-American honors and four were chosen to participate in college all-star games. In his seven seasons, the Hornets led the Big Sky in rushing four times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002).
In 1996, McClure coached tight ends at the University of Nevada. He helped the Wolf Pack to the Big West title, a 9-3 record, and the Las Vegas Bowl championship. His tight ends produced a school-record 13 touchdowns during the season. Nevada led Division I-A with 527.3 yard per game of total offense and topped the Big West Conference in both rushing and passing.
McClure has served as a guest coach in several NFL camps over the years, including the Dallas Cowboys (2013), Buffalo Bills (2007, 2006), San Francisco 49ers (2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996), Seattle Seahawks (1998) and San Diego Chargers (2011, 2012, 1997).
A graduate of Sacramento State, McClure played football there from 1987-91 and later served as a member of the faculty from 1997-2004. He was on the 1988 Hornet team that advanced to the NCAA Division II championship semifinals with an offense which averaged 486.0 yards per game. He began his coaching career at McClatchy High School in Sacramento as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 1992-95 while also coaching the offensive line and tight ends.
Sacramento State: (1987-91)
Varsity - West Regional Manager/UCLA Cheer Coach
Travis is a graduate of Arizona State University and a former cheerleader with the nationally-ranked Sun Devil Cheer Squad. In 2003, Travis moved to southern California and took over as State Director for the Universal Cheerleaders Association while coaching on the high school level. In 2005, Travis moved into collegiate coaching as head coach at Loyola Marymount University, where he worked for six seasons. Travis returned to high school coaching in 2013 as the head coach for Mira Costa High School and works for Varsity Brands in apparel and customer development. He is thrilled to be part of the UCLA Bruin Spirit Program.
University Nevada Reno - Head Coach
Jay Norvell, an innovative offensive mind and former All-Big Ten defensive back as a player, is in his second season as the head coach .
In year one, Norvell established a foundation for his vision of the program, installing new systems on offense, defense and special teams. The foundation was cemented in the final game of the season as Norvell led the Wolf Pack to a 23-16 victory over UNLV in the Battle of the Fremont Cannon to retain possession of the Fremont Cannon.
Overall, the record was 3-9 with three of the Pack's losses coming by an average of just four points. Norvell's first career victory as a head coach came at Mackay Stadium on Oct. 7, 2017 when the Pack topped Hawai`i 35-21. That victory launched a seven-game stretch where Nevada closed the 2017 season scoring more than 34 points per game and capturing three victories.
The appointment marked the first head coaching tenure for Norvell, but he arrived at Nevada well versed in the game of football, bringing a resume at the time that included 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.
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.
American River College - Head Coach
Coach Osterhout returns for his seventh season at American River College and fourth as Head Football Coach and Special Teams Coordinator after being officially named the Head Football Coach and Kinesiology Professor on June 18th 2015.
Osterhout and his staff lead the ARC Football program to uncharted territory in the 2016 season as the Beavers returned to the California State Championship game for the first time in 50 years. The Northern California Champions finished the season with a 29-27 loss to Fullerton College in the title game. Coach O's team finished the season #2 in the California Community College Football poll and #6 Nationally by the JC Football.com/JC Grid-Wire Poll. Osterhout's squad reached the title game as #2 ranked team in the four team playoff as the at large bid and defeated Modesto College in the quarterfinals 27-21. In the Northern California Championship game, ARC revenged their double overtime loss in the regular season by scoring 15 unanswered points in the 4th quarter for a 15-9 victory. The team was rewarded in all-conference as nine players were honored in addition to defensive end Anthony Luke and Wide Receiver/Returner Specialist Damen Wheeler were named to the All-American team. Matriculation of student-athletes in Osterhout's program continued as 18 players have left the program to compete at the NCAA level. That includes 13 former players who will be playing at the Division 1 FBS and FCS level.
The Beavers continued their national prominence in 2015 with defeating eventual State and National Champions City College of San Francisco 20-17 on the road in week four. In addition, American River College won a share of the Nor-Cal Conference Title for the second year, with a 4-1 record in league play and played in their seventh consecutive bowl game against Delta College. Postseason accolades continued for the 2015 football team as 11 student-athletes were awarded all-conference first team honors and the Nor-Cal Conference Defensive Player of the year award was given for the second year in a row to the Beavers as linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk (University of California Berkeley) took home the hardware. Furthermore, Kunaszyk and fellow defensive linemen Nick Terry (UCLA) were also named to the 2015 All-State and All-American team. The 2015 enlistment of former student-athletes to four year colleges continued as 21 more players have continued their education and dream of playing football at the four year level. Those included five freshmen to power five conferences: Armand Shyne (University of Utah), Chigozie Nnruka (UCLA), Jack Reichel (Texas Tech), Jordan Kunaszyk (Cal), and Kyle Mitchell (University of Missouri).
Osterhout took over the helm of ARC Football on January 27th 2014 on an interim basis and led the Beavers to a 10-2 record that included a #4 ranking in the state and #10 nationally. The team started the season 8-0 and held the unanimous #1 ranking in the state after knocking off previously #1 ranked San Francisco City and #1 ranked San Mateo Junior College in back to back weeks. Coach O was named co-coach of the year in the Nor-Cal as he led the team to a share of the conference title. Nine players were named to the Nor-Cal League 1st team which included defensive player of the year Jordan Carrell (University of Colorado) who was also a unanimous All-State and All-American selection. Further, his team defeated defending national champions Butte Junior College in the first round of the playoffs and lost on a 42 yard field goal as time expired in the Northern California Championship. More importantly, Osterhout and his staff placed 21 of 25 sophomores to four year level schools to continue their career as student-athletes.
In 2013 Osterhout took over the offensive play calling duties this past season for a unit that finished 5th in the state in points per game 7th in rushing and 8th in total offense during the 2012 season. The offensive unit averaged 34.6 points per game and averaged 386.4 yards of total offense. Under the direction of Coach Haflich and the offensive staff, Osterhout has helped the Beavers shatter numerous offensive records and helped lead them to their first undefeated season in 2011and two Northern California Championship games. His tutelage in the offensive line the past five years has aided 25 offensive linemen move on to four year colleges, in addition to the 20-25 student athletes moving on each year.
Osterhout spent four of his six years on the Hornet coaching staff as the team's defensive line coach. He began coaching the defensive line in 2002 and under his leadership; Sacramento State allowed nearly 90 fewer rushing yards per game and had 12 more quarterback sacks.
As a player, Osterhout starred for the Hornets from 1995-99. Following his senior season, Osterhout was a first-team All-America and signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. He was also a two-time all-Big Sky Conference selection and was the team's captain, most valuable player and most inspirational player as a senior. He was one of nine players inducted to the school's football hall of fame in May 2008.
A native of Roseville, Calif., Osterhout was a two sport athlete in football and baseball at Oakmont High School. In football, he was a first team all-Capital Athletic League selection and a second team all-Metro pick by the Sacramento Bee as a senior.
Osterhout graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in communication studies and master's in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific.
Liberty High School - Head Coach
UCLA LB Coach
Don Pellum joined the Bruins staff in December, 2017 after accumulating more than 30 seasons with his alma mater, the University of Oregon, as a player, administrator and assistant coach.
During his four years on Chip Kelly's staff at Oregon, the Ducks played in BCS bowls each season and in the BCS National Championship Game following the 2010 campaign. Oregon also won conference titles in each of the first three seasons and posted an overall record of 46-7. In 2014, his first season as defensive coordinator, Oregon once again advanced to the BCS National Championship Game.
Pellum, who served 24 years as a Ducks' full-time assistant, spent time overseeing virtually all phases of the program's defensive side of the ball, tutoring its linebackers for 18 years (2000-2015; 1997-98), as well as its outside linebackers (1993-95), safeties (1996) and defensive line (1999). Pellum's teams played in bowl games 20 times during that period, including four Rose Bowl games and a couple of BCS Championship contests, while winning or tying for seven league championships.
Possessing 37 years of expertise in the realm of collegiate athletics, Pellum completed his playing career with the Ducks in 1984. The former starting linebacker continued his association with his alma mater through the 2016 season, with the exception of a one-year stint as defensive line coach, strength coach and academic coordinator at Willamette University (1987) and three years coordinating the recruiting efforts and serving as assistant athletics director for student services at the University of California (1990-92).
In 2014, the Ducks boasted one of the nation's top defensive units in his first year as a defensive coordinator, ranking 30th in the country in scoring defense (23.6), allowing more than 20 points in only one of the last six contests prior to their CFP National Championship appearance. In addition, Pellum continued the program's emphasis on making "big plays" as the Ducks led the country in turnover margin that season (+23).
No team was better against the run in conference games during the Ducks' 2009 Rose Bowl run, thanks in part to an outstanding group of linebackers. Pac-10 foes averaged just 118.6 rushing yards per contest in addition to Oregon's league-best mark in total defense in Pac-10 play (316.0 avg.).
His linebackers keyed many of Oregon's post-season successes as witnessed by Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay being voted as the Defensive MVP in the 2012 Rose and 2013 Fiesta Bowls, respectively. In 2012, his group was instrumental in Oregon ranking 12th in the country in scoring defense (18.69 ppg) during its BCS National Championship Game run, as well as 13th nationally (20.5) in the 2013 season.
Yet few of his accomplishments could be any more rewarding than in 2005 when he transformed a unit which included only one returnee with any significant playing experience at the major college level. What resulted was a group that helped Oregon top the Pac-10 Conference in total defense and pass defense, in addition to finishing third in scoring defense. While his trio of 2005 starters began the season accumulating only 89 tackles during their Oregon careers, they tallied 207 among them that year alone.
In all, Pellum has seen his players earn 27 Conference all-league honors in his last 22 seasons.
After returning to coaching on a full-time basis in 1993 following six years as a recruiting coordinator in the Pac-10, Pellum was responsible for assembling outstanding recruiting classes with both Oregon and California, and has been credited with directing some of the Ducks' best recruiting efforts over the years. In 2007, his recruiting talents helped land him on the list among the nation's top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com after Oregon's 2007 recruiting class was ranked 11th in the country. He was also named the 2011 Sporting News Recruiting Coordinator of the Year.
The 55-year-old Banning, Calif., native double-majored in rhetoric and communication and telecommunication and film, and also minored in sociology. He also earned a master's in speech while he was a graduate assistant at Oregon. Pellum also has completed work toward his Ph.D.
Clovis West High School - Head Coach
Hartnell Jr. College - Head Coach
James Logan High School - Head Coach
UCLA - Tight Ends Coach
Prior to coming to UCLA Sage served as the outside receivers coach at Washington State which ranked second in the nation in passing offense (366.8 yards per game) and led the Pac-12 in passing yards per game (366.8), touchdown passes (37) and total passing yards (4,769).
Prior to coming to the Pac-12, Sage served three seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Toledo. The Rockets ranked seventh in the NCAA in total offense (517.8 yards/game) in 2016. In his three seasons at Toledo, the Rockets combined for a 28-10 record, went to three bowl games and Sage mentored seven all-conference receivers, including first-team selection Cody Thompson who ranked 10th nationally with an average of 107.4 receiving yards per game in 2016.
Sage also served stints at Wyoming (2010-13) where he tutored four all-conference performers and with Coach Kelly at the University of New Hampshire from 2005-09. UNH earned bids to the FCS playoffs in each of his five seasons with the program, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. All-American David Ball set New Hampshire receiving records for career receptions (304) and career receiving yards (4,655). He also became the NCAA career leader in TD receptions with 58, breaking Jerry Rice's previous record of 51 at Mississippi Valley State.
Sage arrived at New Hampshire from the University of Nevada, where he had served as a graduate assistant in 2003-04. In 2002, he served as offensive line and tight ends coach at Moorpark College. Sage played tight end for Sacramento City College for two years (1998-99) and completed his college career at CSUN, where he earned two letters at tight end in 2000 and 2001.
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.
McQueen High School - Head Coach
UC Davis - Asst. Head Coach
A veteran of prep, college and Canadian football, Mark Speckman, entering his 36th year in the profession, will serve as assistant head coach and running backs coach.
This marks the third reunion between the two coaches: Speckman served as offensive coordinator to Hawkins at Willamette before taking over the Bearcat helm in 1998, then more recently with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. He guided Willamette to an 82-59 record in 14 years, including two Northwest Conference championships, eight league title games and three NCAA Division III postseason appearances. Speckman's 2008 team finished 11-1 and ranked fourth nationally, earning him his second Northwest Conference Coach of the Year award and AFCA Division III West Region Coach of the Year acclaim.
Before becoming the Bearcat head coach, Speckman assisted Hawkins as the OC from 1995 to 1997. The program won the conference crown each year and advanced in the NAIA playoffs in the final two, culminating with a national runner-up finish in 1997.
In 2012, Speckman returned to California to head the football program at Menlo College. He served just that one season with the Oaks, leading his team to a school record for total rushing yards. A year later, Speckman reunited with Hawkins as the running backs and tight ends coach with the Montreal Alouettes. He remained on the staff until 2014, when the Alouettes reached the East Division final. That opened the door to return to college football: Speckman has served as the offensive coordinator at Division III Lawrence University for the past two seasons.
Formerly a Hall of Fame linebacker at Menlo and an honorable-mention NAIA All-American at Azusa Pacific, Speckman began his coaching career with brief but successful stints at Livingston High School and Gilroy High School. It was during those early years that he introduced the "Fly offense," a system for he which he has since written articles and released two video series. It is a sophisticated scheme that has served him throughout his coaching career.
However, Speckman's greatest success at the high school level came in Merced, California. In eight seasons, he guided Merced High to 81 wins, back-to-back 14-0 seasons, six Central California Conference championships and two Sac-Joaquin Section titles. Speckman's 1990 Bears team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 5 in USA Today. Then in 1994, when a new high school opened in Merced, Speckman assumed the helm at Golden Valley High, where he started a varsity program despite having only sophomore and junior players. His overall 113-48-3 record as a high school coach then earned him a spot on Hawkins' staff at Willamette.
In addition to coaching football, Speckman has also become well-known for his motivational speaking engagements. Born without hands, he avoided drawing attention to himself as a younger athlete but has since embraced his own story to the point of earning numerous speaking appearances, including bookings at Boeing, Nike, Northwest Mutual, Patterson Dental, the Million Dollar Roundtable and other organizations. Speckman also co-authored a book called Figure It Out: How I Learned To Live In A Digital World Without Digits in 2009.
Capital Christian - Head Coach
South Fork High School - Head Coach
Cal Poly - Head Coach
Head Coach o 10th Year o UC Riverside '77
51-52 at Cal Poly (Nine Years)
168-134 Overall (27 Years)
Tim Walsh, who guided the Mustangs to the No. 1 ranking in team rushing offense for four consecutive regular seasons (2013-16), was named Cal Poly's 16th head football coach on Jan. 9, 2009.
After guiding the Mustangs to a 4-7 mark in his first campaign, Walsh turned the program around with three consecutive winning seasons (7-4, 6-5, 9-3), a Great West Conference title in 2011 and, in his fourth year at the helm of the Mustangs, a share of the Big Sky Conference crown and an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth in 2012.
Cal Poly returned to the FCS?playoffs in 2016, posted a 7-5 overall mark and finished fourth in the Big Sky.
Cal Poly is 26-22 in its first six seasons in the Big Sky.
Now in his 10th year at the helm of the Mustangs, Walsh was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the United States Military Academy for two seasons before arriving in San Luis Obispo.
Walsh has compiled a 168-134 record in 27 seasons as a college head coach, including four years at Sonoma State (27-14 from 1989-92), 14 more seasons at Portland State (90-68 from 1993-2006) and nine at Cal Poly (51-52 from 2009-17). He guided Sonoma State to the Northern California Athletic Conference title in 1991 (ending UC Davis' streak of 20 consecutive conference titles), a pair of NCAA Division II playoff berths while at Sonoma State and four more postseason berths while at Portland State.
A charismatic speaker and motivator, Walsh guided Sonoma State to three winning seasons in four years at the helm of the Seawolves and 10 more above-.500 campaigns in his 14-year term at Portland State. With the Vikings, Walsh coached 14 All-Americans and 11 Academic All-Americans.
Portland State joined the Big Sky Conference in 1996. During Walsh's 11 seasons when the Vikings were in the Big Sky, he coached players who earned 39 first-team All-Big Sky honors, 51 on the second team, 80 honorable mentions, 58 Academic All-Big Sky honorees, 59 Big Sky Players of the Week, 20 national player of the week honorees, five Walter Payton Award finalists and one Buck Buchanan Award finalist.
Cal Poly's 2009 squad posted a 4-1 record at home, finished No. 6 in the nation in punt returns (15.60), No. 11 in turnover margin (+1.00), 19th in rushing offense (178.45 yards per game) and 23rd in time of possession (31:22) and was ranked as high as No. 12 in the national polls.
A total of 10 Mustangs earned All-Great West Conference first- or second-team honors, including first-teamers Jake Romanelli (fullback), Ryan Shotwell (defensive end) and James Chen (defensive tackle).
The 2010 Mustang squad also finished 4-1 at home en route to a 7-4 mark. The Mustangs earned six come-from-behind victories, split six games on a very difficult road schedule one year after going winless (0-6) and winning three straight games late in the year to put Cal Poly in a position to compete for a playoff berth.
Cal Poly's triple-option offense finished fourth in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 252.91 yards a game, and 14th in rushing defense, allowing only 106.82 yards a contest. The Mustangs also were No. 3 in punt returns and No. 16 in both time of possession and sacks allowed.
Cal Poly finished the 2010 season with national rankings of No. 24 in The Sports Network media poll and No. 23 in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll. The Mustangs were ranked in the top 25 of both polls for the final 11 weeks of the regular season.
Cal Poly posted a winning record for the eighth time in nine years. The Mustangs captured their fourth Great West title, put together a midseason four-game winning streak and won three straight home games after trailing at halftime.
The Mustangs finished sixth in the nation in rushing offense, No. 16 in punt returns and No. 27 in scoring offense. Cal Poly was No. 1 in the nation in interceptions thrown with one and No. 28 in rushing defense.
Cal Poly was 5-0 at home and finished No. 1 in the FCS in passing efficiency, No. 3 in rushing offense, No. 7 in scoring offense, No. 8 in sacks allowed and No. 13 in total offense. The Mustangs lost to eventual national runner-up Sam Houston State in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
While the 2015 squad slipped to 4-7 facing arguably the toughest schedule in school history, Cal Poly still finished No. 1 in rushing offense and averaged 33.8 points a contest, No. 22 in the FCS. Fullback Joe Protheroe was named to the All-Big Sky first team and quarterback Chris Brown surpassed the 3,000-yard mark in career rushing and passing.
Four Mustangs earned first-team All-Big Sky honors in 2016, including Protheroe for a second time. Linebacker Chris Santini and offensive linemen Matt Fisher and Joey Kuperman also were selected.
Despite a 1-10 mark in 2017, two Mustangs earned All-Big Sky accolades - fullback Jared Mohamed on the first team and defensive tackle Augustino?Elisaia on the second unit. Mohamed became the 21st Mustang to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, accumulating 1,172 yards and scoring four touchdowns en route to third-team All-American honors. He rushed for more than 100 yards in a game seven times in 2017.
A Serra High School (San Mateo, Calif.) graduate, Walsh played football at UC Riverside in the mid-1970s as a backup quarterback and earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1977.
He began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Serra, spending four years (1977-80) as an assistant coach before becoming head coach (1981-85) at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. Walsh moved into the college coaching ranks in 1986, becoming an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Santa Clara for one year.
In 1987 and 1988, Walsh was offensive coordinator at Sonoma State before becoming head coach of the Seawolves (then the Cossacks) in 1989. His first season in Rohnert Park produced a 4-6 mark, but Walsh guided Sonoma State to 7-3, 9-2 and 7-3 records in his final three years there.
Walsh embarked upon a 14-year head coaching career at Portland State in 1993, guiding the Vikings to NCAA Division II playoff berths each of his first three seasons.
Portland State elevated its athletics program to Division I in 1996 and, though the Vikings struggled in the first three years at that level, there was steady progression -- from 3-8 to 4-7 and 5-6. The 1999 Viking team began a string of seven winning campaigns in eight seasons, including a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) playoff berth in 2000.
Walsh piloted Portland State to a quartet of second-place finishes in the Big Sky along with a third and three fourth-place finishes. In 14 seasons at the helm, Walsh's Vikings were 62-21 at home. He earned two wins against FBS schools -- Hawaii in 2001 and New Mexico in 2006 -- and was 3-0 against Cal Poly while at Portland State along with a 2-1 mark against the Mustangs while at Sonoma State.
Walsh was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award (FCS Coach of the Year) in 1999.
In 2008, Walsh's second season at Army, the Black Knights finished ninth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing offense (241.42 yards per game), fourth in sacks allowed (1.00) and 15th in time of possession (31:45).
While at Army, Walsh's recruiting responsibilities included nine Western states.
Del Oro High School - Head Coach
He is just the second head coach in Del Oro history to have attended the school. Coach Walters has 17 years of coaching experience and 5 of those as a head coach.
Coach Walters' journey began as a youth football coach in the inaugural season of the Del Oro Jr. Golden Eagles as a 14 year old high school freshmen. Beginning with Pee Wee division and working his way up through the age groups, Walters was able to gain valuable experience that laid a solid foundation for the future.
Following the completion of his senior year, he was offered a position as a Quarterback coach for the Del Oro freshmen team. He gladly accepted and began working with the frosh staff while concurrently attending California State University - Chico. In those years Walters grew not only in coaching, but in his philosophy of football as a vehicle for life lessons. Those two seasons also saw the Del Oro Varsity team reach section championships, winning in 2005. The opportunity to be involved in both were also instrumental this early in his coaching career.
In 2006, the rising cost of gas caused Walters to seek a team closer to the University, though he hoped to one day return home. This brought him to Durham high school (Durham, CA). As a member of the Trojan coaching staff, Walters was hired as a JV Defensive Coordinator and 2 months later was promoted to Varsity Assistant Defensive Coordinator.
In 2008, He was hired at Whitney high school, (Rocklin, CA) as the JV Offensive Coordinator and began his student teaching program with the Wildcats.
That year Whitney recorded its first Section Championship, adding yet more experiences and learning opportunities for the young coach.
In 2009, Walters received his first teaching position as a Social Science teacher at Freedom high school (Oakley, CA). The Falcons tabbed Walters as a QB Coach, while also assigning him the role of Special Teams Coordinator at the JV level. By week 6 he had been promoted to the Varsity Special Teams position and served in that capacity until 2012. In that time Walters was part of 3 NCS playoff teams and the schools 1st League championship.
In 2013, Walters was named Head Coach at Liberty high school (Brentwood, CA). Coming into a program that had not experienced a playoff game since 2003 and no league championships since 1985, Walters realized that the place to begin the rebuild was with character and culture. The answer for him was simple - "Pride Matters... Doing things 100 percent right 100 percent of the time on the field, in the classroom, and in the community."
Over the 4 year span he served as Head Coach at Liberty, Walters was on pace to crack the top 5 all-time wins in his first five years. Finishing with a record of 22-21 (24 - 19 on the field), he is the only coach in program history (100 Years of football) to take a team to the playoffs twice (2013, 2014); Only second coach to record 9 wins in a season; first to host a home playoff game ; only coach to win a playoff game; and highest league placement in 2 decades (2nd place - 2014). 2013 saw the schools 1st defeat of rival Heritage and 2014 the Lions ended a nine year losing streak to Freedom. In all 4 seasons his offense ranked in the top 10 all-time in school history in terms, of points, yardage, and average.
Personal highlights include Positive Coaching Alliance's - National Double Goal Coach Award finalist (2014
& 2015), SF GATE coach of the year nominee (2015), and Bay Valley Athletic League Coach of the Year 2013.
As a camp coach, Walters has participated in the NFL High School Player Development program, Camp Kiffin (University of Southern California), Poly Aiga Polynesian Football program, Literacy Bowl All-star Classic (Head Coach), and Navarro Bowman ProCamps.
Sacramento State - Asst. Head Coach
Three-time Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year Paul Wulff was hired as Sacramento State's assistant head coach, run game coordinator and offensive line coach in February 2016.
Wulff made an immediate impact for the Hornets during his first season as the team's running backs averaged 5.2 yards per carry behind his offensive line. The unit was led by tackle Jonathan Bade who earned honorable mention all-Big Sky honors. Bade started every game at left tackle and was joined in the lineup by Nick Bianco, Lake Aiono and Ivan Espiritu in all 11 contests.
Sacramento State made another big jump in 2017. The Hornets rushed for 225.8 yards per game while averaging 5.0 yards per carry. The offensive line had stability as four players started all five games and a fifth had 10 starts. Following the year, guard Lake Aiono was named to the Big Sky second team, tackle Jonathan Bade earned third team honors and guard Wyatt Ming was honorable mention.
Wulff played collegiately at Washington State and began his coaching career as an assistant at Eastern Washington in 1993. He was elevated to offensive coordinator in 1998 and became the Eagles' head coach in 2000. In his eight years at the helm, Wulff guided EWU to a 53-40 overall record, a share of two Big Sky championships and three NCAA FCS playoff berths. He was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year following the 2001, 2004 and 2005 seasons and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2007.
Wulff coached 23 players to FCS All-America honors, including 15 offensive lineman. His teams also featured quarterback Erik Meyer who was the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year, the Walter Payton Award winner and set the FCS record for pass efficiency. Wulff's offensive line was highlighted by Michael Roos who was an All-American for EWU before a long NFL career with the Tennessee Titans.
The success at Eastern Washington led to Wulff earning the head coaching job at Washington State in 2008. In his four seasons, the Cougars' offense improved its production each year. In 2011, his final year at WSU, Washington State ranked ninth in the FBS is passing offense (322.25 yards per game) and 33rd in total offense (422.42 ypg). The Cougars were the only team in Div. I to improve in total offense, total defense, offensive scoring and defensive scoring from 2010 to 2011.
Wulff joined Jim Harbaugh's staff with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 as a senior offensive assistant. The 49ers advanced to Super Bowl XLVII during his first season and made a trip to the NFC Championship game the following year.