Garret Chachere will be in his second season at Cal in 2014 and his second season as the team’s linebackers coach after working with the defensive ends in his debut season with the Golden Bears in 2013. Chachere has spent 11 of his 22 seasons as a collegiate coach
“Garrett has had a chance this season to move back to his natural position of coaching linebackers,” head coach Sonny Dykes said. “He has already developed an excellent relationship with Art Kaufman. They look at things the same way, teach the same fundamentals and have the same teaching progression. Our players really enjoy working with Garret and have a lot of respect for his knowledge of the game.”
Chachere worked with a group of defensive ends in his first season at Cal in 2013 that came into the campaign lacking a single start at the position at the collegiate level and helped to develop the likes of Todd Barr, Kyle Kragen and Puka Lopa, all of which made significant contributions to the 2013 squad and are expected to play a major role on the team’s defense in 2014.
The versatile Chachere has coached six different positions for teams that have reached postseason play on both sides of the ball and with special teams, with four of his last seven teams having played in bowl games.
Prior to his arrival at Cal in 2013, Chachere spent one season as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Southern Miss (2012) following three previous campaigns at Arizona (2009-11). The Wildcats played in bowl games each of his first two seasons at the Holiday Bowl and Alamo Bowl, respectively, when he worked with the team’s wide receivers. Arizona was the nation’s ninth-ranked passing offense in 2010 (307.69 ypg) with David Douglas catching 52 passes for 515 yards and five touchdowns, while fellow receiver David Roberts contributed 44 catches for 487 yards. Chachere tutored the running backs in his third campaign when the Wildcats had the 16th-ranked team nationally in total offense (465.25 ypg). One of his pupils was Ka’Deem Carey, who in 2012 evolved into a consensus first-team All-American and the nation’s top rusher with 1,929 yards (148.38 ypg) after a strong freshman season the previous year under Chachere’s tutelage. Carey would later become a fourth-round pick of the Chicago Bears in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Prior to his arrival in Tucson, Chachere spent two seasons as the special teams coordinator at Memphis (2007-08), with the Tigers advancing to play in the New Orleans Bowl in 2007 and the St. Petersburg Bowl in 2008.
In 2008, Chachere helped the Tigers rank 22nd nationally in punt return defense (5.68 ypp), while also being listed among the national leaders in net punting (38th, 36.30 ypg) and kickoff return defense (42nd, 20.01 ypg). Placekicker Matt Reagan was 8-of-11 on field goals and also converted 31-of-32 extra points to lead the Tigers in scoring (55 points) for the second consecutive season. Reagan earned two Conference USA Player of the Week honors.
Memphis returner Michael Grandberry set nearly every school kickoff return record in 2007, including single-game yardage (168 vs. Southern Miss), single-season returns (59), single-season yardage (1,286) and career 100-yard return games (8). He also set the Tigers’ all-time records for combined kickoff and punt returns (112) and yardage (2,401).
Chachere spent eight seasons at his alma mater Tulane from 1999-2006, where he coached the Green Wave linebackers throughout his tenure and was also the team’s punt return coordinator for his first five seasons. In 2002, the Green Wave defeated host Hawai’i in the Hawai’i Bowl.
During his stint at Tulane, Chachere helped develop linebacker Anthony Cannon, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Cannon earned first-team All-Conference USA honors in 2005 and logged four straight 100-tackle seasons en route to ranking third all-time in Conference USA in tackles at the end of his collegiate career.
Chachere also recruited current Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forté to Tulane. Forté was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and has recorded 1,000-yard rushing seasons in four of his first six NFL campaigns. Forte played in the NFL Pro Bowl following the league’s 2011 and 2013 seasons.
Chachere was also a member of the 2005 Tulane coaching staff that endured Hurricane Katrina, providing leadership throughout the team’s Hurricane Katrina evacuation and return to campus facilities.
In 2002, Tulane’s defense led the nation in turnovers gained (43) and Chachere was also the punt return coordinator for a group that finished second nationally in punt returns (17.29 ypr). Lynaris Elpheage earned first-team All-Conference USA honors as punt returner, ranking fifth nationally in punt returns with a 16.5 yard average.
Prior to his eight-season run at Tulane, Chachere spent the 1998 campaign at Northeast Louisiana, where he was the tight ends coach and worked on the same staff as Sonny Dykes.
Chachere was at Nicholls State as the linebackers coach from 1995-97, with the Colonels earning a spot in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1996 when they posted an 8-4 overall record after being winless the previous season to mark the biggest turnaround in Division I history at the time. One of his top players at the school was Darnell Small, who would go on to play in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League.
Chachere began his coaching career in 1992 at Cheyney (defensive backs/running backs), followed by subsequent one-season stops at Bloomsburg (defensive backs) and Bucknell (defensive backs/special teams coordinator) prior to his three-season stint at Nicholls State.
Chachere has been active throughout his coaching career with the American Football Coaches Association. He served as the organization’s program committee chairman at the 2007 AFCA National Convention, while providing his expertise on linebacker play by speaking at the 2008 convention and publishing several articles on the subject in the AFCA coaches handbook.
A native of New Orleans, La., Chachere played two seasons of college football in his hometown at Tulane in 1987 and 1988, and was a member of the Green Wave’s 1987 Independence Bowl team under then-head coach Mack Brown. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Tulane in 1992.
Chachere prepped in New Orleans at Brother Martin High School, where he was his team’s MVP and a captain as a senior in 1986. He earned the New Orleans Sports Foundation Leadership Award in his final prep campaign.
Chachere has three sons – Grant, Noah and Jackson – who currently reside in Germantown, Tenn., with their mother, Lauren Duplessis-Chachere.
The Chachere File
Collegiate Coaching History
Bowl (5 Games)/NCAA Playoff History (1 Season)
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