Barry Sacks spent one season as the defensive tackles coach at Cal in 2013 before it was announced that he would not return for the 2014 campaign on Jan. 8, 2014.
Sacks coached the most decorated defensive player on the team during his single campaign at Cal in senior defensive tackle Deandre Coleman, who earned third-team All-Pac-12 honors according to Phil Steele under Sacks’ guidance and has accepted invitations to play in both Reese’s Senior Bowl® and East-West Shrine Game® following the season. Coleman started all 12 games and led the team with a career-high 9.0 tackles for loss (-27 yards), while ranking third on the club with 2.5 sacks (-4 yards) and pacing all defensive linemen with 40 tackles. He also coached junior defensive tackle Viliami Moala to his most productive season with the Golden Bears as he totaled career bests of 37 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-16 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards) two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery in 12 games and 11 starts.
The team’s defense was bitten by injuries in 2013 with 16 players from the team’s preseason two-deep combining to miss 109 contests.
Sacks spent 11 seasons on the coaching staff at Nevada before his arrival at Cal, with the Wolf Pack playing in bowl games each of his final eight campaigns. The energetic and enthusiastic coach served in a number of roles during his 11 seasons with the Wolf Pack from 1992-2002 but was a mainstay on the defensive line in his later seasons as he developed some of the top pass rushers in school history, most notably Dontay Moch and Kevin Basped.
Moch, who set school and Western Athletic Conference records for career tackles for loss was picked in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by Cincinnati and has played in 2013 for Arizona after spending two seasons with the Bengals in 2011 and 2012.
Basped was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets in 2010 and played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League and Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before being assigned to the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League on Dec. 20, 2013.
In Sacks' final season during his 11-year stint at Nevada in 2012, defensive end Brock Hekking ranked third in the WAC with an average of 0.62 sacks per game and posted a total of 8.0 sacks (-62 yards) in his first season as a starter.
Nevada registered a 7-6 record and nearly upset No. 22 Southern Miss in the Hawaii Bowl in 2011, limiting the 15th-ranked scoring offense in the country to 13 points and 125 yards below its season averages. Nevada finished 22nd in the country in pass efficiency defense (115.14) and was led on the defensive side of the ball by first-team Sports Illustrated All-American Brett Roy, a former walk-on defensive back who Sacks coached as a converted defensive tackle. Roy had 18.5 tackles for loss (-57 yards) while pacing the WAC and ranking 12th nationally with 1.42 per game. He also posted 10.0 sacks (-36 yards), ranking second in the WAC and tied for 13th in the country with 0.77 per game. Roy signed an undrafted free agent contract with the New York Jets in 2012 but was later released.
Nevada won the WAC title in 2010, posting a 13-1 overall record and defeating Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl with the defensive unit a huge part of the team's success. The Wolf Pack featured a rushing defense that ranked 18th nationally (120.29 ypg) and a scoring defense that was 31st (21.43 ppg), with both ranking second in the WAC. Much of the team's defensive success came from pressure as the Wolf Pack was 24th nationally in sacks (2.50 spg). Moch had 22.0 tackles for loss (-83 yards), leading the WAC and ranking 10th nationally with an average of 1.57 per game.
In 2009, Basped and Moch led the conference in sacks and tackles for loss, respectively. Basped's 9.5 sacks (-60 yards) produced an average of 0.79 per game, while Moch finished with 20.0 tackles for loss (-93 yards) and an average of 1.54 per game that tied for eighth nationally. Basped was also third in the WAC in tackles for loss (1.04 tflpg), while Moch was third in sacks (.50 spg).
The previous season in 2008 Moch led the WAC in sacks (1.15 spg), while Basped was third in tackles for loss (1.42 tflpg) and Moch fourth (1.31 tflpg).
Sacks coached the Pack's outside linebackers in 2007, including team tackles (93) and tackles for loss (13.5, -37 yards) leader Ezra Butler, who also paced the WAC in per-game tackles for loss (1.23 tflpg). Butler went on to spent time on the rosters of the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, as well as the Las Vegas Locomotives where his squad was two-time United Football League champions. Sacks also coached Nick Fuhr, who led the team in sacks (6.0, -58 yards) and tied for second in tackles for loss (11.5, -79 yards), ranking tied sixth in the WAC in both on a per-game basis (0.46 spg, .88 tflpg).
Sacks spent three seasons as Nevada's co-defensive coordinator from 2004-06, helping the Wolf Pack rank 30th in the nation in 2006 in scoring defense (19.15 ppg) and post the country's 21st-ranked passing defense (190.33 ypg) in 2004.
During his first year at Nevada in 2002, Sacks coached tight ends and CoSIDA first-team Academic All-America® and All-WAC pick Erick Streelman. He moved over to the other side of the ball to work with the defensive line in 2003 and helped tutor two All-WAC selections in Jorge Cordova (the team's MVP in 2003 and the school's career sacks leader) and Derek Kennard, Jr. (the team's defensive MVP in 2003). Cordova would go on to spend four seasons in the NFL with Jacksonville (2004-07), Tennessee (2007) and Miami (2007).
His collegiate coaching career started with seven seasons as the defensive line coach at Portland State (1986-92), where he coached on five teams that reached the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Vikings were national finalists in back-to-back seasons in 1987 and 1988, while reaching the semifinals in each of Sacks’ final two campaigns in 1991 and 1992. They were quarterfinalists in 1989.
He then spent four seasons as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Boise State (1993-96), with the Broncos reaching the NCAA I-AA finals, winning the Big Sky Conference and posting a 13-2 overall record in 1994 when he coached Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year Joe O’Brien.
Sacks also spent one campaign as the defensive coordinator at Adams State (1997), three as the defensive line coach at San Jose State (1998-2000) and one as the defensive coordinator for the San Jose Sabercats (2001), where he helped his team to an Arena Football League Division title.
Sacks is also a tireless and effective recruiter who consistently cultivated his area. Among those Sacks to Nevada were current NFL players Isaiah Frey (Chicago Bears' cornerback), Virgil Green (Denver Broncos' tight end), James Michael-Johnson (Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker), Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers' quarterback) and Rishard Matthews (Miami Dolphins' wide receiver).
Sacks has a total of 34 seasons in the coaching profession with 27 in the collegiate ranks.
The Ephrata, Wash., native played four seasons of football at Montana (1976-79) before graduating from the school with a bachelor's degree in health education and physical education in 1980.
Sacks and his wife, Teresa, have two children: Alexandra and Philip.
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Collegiate Coaching History
Bowl Games (8)/NCAA Playoff History (19 Games/6 Seasons)
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Last Updated: January 8, 2014