Pierre Ingram is in his second season as the running backs coach at Cal in 2014 and his first with the additional responsibilities of run game coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
“Pierre is an enthusiastic young coach that our guys really enjoy playing for,” head coach Sonny Dykes said. “He coaches with a lot of passion, is an excellent teacher and does a nice job of relating to our student-athletes and getting to know them on a personal level. He’s obviously a very good recruiter and I’m excited about him taking on that role. He really enjoys recruiting, has some great ideas and is helping us organize our effort.”
Ingram will have three of his top four rushers – Khalfani Muhammad, Daniel Lasco and Jeffrey Coprich – returning in 2014 from a group that made significant improvements over its final five games last season, adding 37.8 yards per game to its totals from the first seven contests. Ingram’s running backs helped Cal record 5,443 yards of total offense last year that was the third-highest total in school history and an average of 453.6 yards per game to rank fourth. Ingram was also instrumental in the recruitment of three running backs in the 2014 recruiting class that expect to be part of the team’s immediate plans in Vic Enwere, John Porchivina and Tre Watson.
“We have a great group of running backs that collectively have a vision to be a valuable piece of the offense this season,” Ingram said. “My goal is to make this vision a reality. My efforts in recruiting will follow a set plan our staff created to ensure our prospective student-athletes are the right fit for Cal.”
Prior to his arrival in Berkeley, Ingram served as the running backs coach for Dykes at Louisiana Tech when he was the Bulldogs’ head coach from 2010-12, including a final campaign in Ruston in which Louisiana Tech posted a 9-3 record and led the nation in scoring offense and total offense by averaging 51.50 points and 577.92 yards of total offense per game.
Ingram, who was named the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Recruiter of the Year by ESPN.com coached running Kenneth Dixon, who was tabbed the WAC Freshman of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors after breaking Marshall Faulk’s NCAA freshman records for rushing touchdowns (27), total touchdowns (28) and points (168). Dixon led the country in scoring with an average of 14.00 points per game while totaling 1,194 yards on 200 carries. He was also second in the WAC and 33rd nationally in rushing with an average of 106.42 yards per game. Capital One Academic All-America® first teamer Ray Holley, a graduate student pursing a degree in counseling with a 3.50 GPA, added 740 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground over 142 rushes.
In addition to leading the country in scoring offense and total offense with an offense that posted the fifth-highest per-game scoring average ever by a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Louisiana Tech was among the NCAA’s top 20 in 2012 in passing offense (3rd, 350.75 ypg), fewest sacks allowed (7th, 0.83 spg), turnover margin (10th, +1.08 per game) and rushing offense (18th, 227.17 ypg). The Bulldogs scored more than 40 points in 11 of 12 games and over 50 points on eight occasions.
In his second season guiding the Louisiana Tech running backs in 2011, Ingram witnessed an unlikely story unfold as walk-on Hunter Lee, who did not receive a single FBS scholarship offer, stepped up amid injuries and ran for 650 yards on 135 attempts as a true freshman. The ground game churned out 1,901 yards for an offense that averaged 394.62 yards per game as the team won its final seven regular-season contests on its way to a WAC championship and berth in the Poinsettia Bowl.
In his first season at Tech in 2010, Ingram guided Lennon Creer’s 1,181-yard rushing campaign that included a 252-yard effort against San Jose State – the seventh-most rushing yards in a single game in Tech history – among five 100-yard rushing performances over his last seven contests. One of the 100-yard contests was a 149-yard rushing effort at No. 2 Boise State, more yards than 12 of Boise’s 13 opponents recorded against the Broncos as a team during 2010.
Ingram joined the Bulldogs after winning the 2009 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national championship at Villanova, where he coached the tight ends as an offensive assistant.
Prior to his championship campaign at Villanova, Ingram served as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M-Commerce during the spring of 2009 and prior to that was the assistant wide receivers coach at Cortland State for two campaigns, where he helped the team to a combined 20-5 mark. The 2007 squad captured the ECAC Division III Northeast Bowl, while the 2008 team reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinal round for the first time in school history. Zacc Guaragno posted 1,053 receiving yards under Ingram in 2008 to become the second wide receiver in school history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season.
Ingram is a 2006 graduate of Middle Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, where he was a four-year letterwinner in football as a wide receiver and garnered the team’s Most Dependable Receiver Award in his final season as a senior in 2006 when the Blue Raiders played in the Motor City Bowl. He is currently pursuing a master’s of science degree in sport management from Cortland State.
Ingram is married to the former Dani Maye. The couple’s daughter, Berkley, was born the night Louisiana Tech defeated San Jose State on October 29, 2011. Ingram paced the sidelines during the game, coaching the backs to 260 yards of rushing offense, and then joined Dani in time for the birth of their daughter.
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Collegiate Coaching History
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Bowl (1 Game)/NCAA Playoff History (3 Seasons)
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