|Position:||Associate Head Coach/Linebackers|
|Hometown:||New Orleans, LA|
|High School:||Brother Martin HS|
|Alma Mater:||Tulane (1992)|
Garrett Chachere is in his third season at Cal in 2015 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 coached several positions on both sides of the ball during his 23 seasons as a collegiate coach but is most experienced with linebackers having worked more than half of his time with that group.
“Garret had the chance to move back to natural position as a linebackers coach last season and developed an excellent group of linebackers that return this season,” head coach Sonny Dykes said. “We expect those players to really come into their own this season in their second year being coached by Garret. Our players really enjoy working with Garret and have a lot of respect for his knowledge of the game.”
Chachere coached three of the team’s four top tacklers in 2014 in juniors Michael Barton (80) and Hardy Nickerson (69), and senior Jalen Jefferson (58) that were major factors in the team’s one-year improvement of 48 spots and 44 yards per game in rush defense to No. 38 nationally (144.6 ypg). Barton and Nickerson recorded new career bests in tackles in 2014 while Jefferson was just shy of the 64 stops he picked up as a 2013 sophomore. The three have combined to play in over 68 games played and 54 starts and occupy the top three spots among the team’s active players on the career tackles list with Jefferson (169) leading the way followed by Barton (144) and Nickerson (133) for a combined 446 stops.
In addition to the veteran trio junior Jake Kearney, and sophomores Raymond Davison, Devante Downs and Aisea Tongilava should all be in the mix for playing time in 2015, while senior Nathan Broussard is also expected to return after missing the last two seasons due to a pair of knee injuries.
Although linebacker is the position Chachere has the most experience coaching, it is only one of six different positions he has coached for teams that have reached postseason play.
Before he took over Cal’s linebackers in 2014, 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 develop the likes of Todd Barr, Kyle Kragen and Puka Lopa, all of which have made significant contributions during their Cal careers and are expected to play a major role on the team’s defense in 2015.
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). Chachere was the wide receivers coach during his first two seasons with the Wildcats on a staff with Dykes as the team’s offensive coordinator. The Wildcats played in bowl games each of those two seasons at the Holiday Bowl and Alamo Bowl. Arizona was the nation’s ninth-ranked passing offense in 2010 (307.69 ypg) with David Douglas catching 52 passes for 515 yards receiving and five touchdowns, while fellow receiver David Roberts contributed 44 catches for 487 yards receiving. After Dykes left to become the head coach at Louisiana Tech, Chachere stayed at Arizona for one more season and tutored the running backs when the Wildcats had the 16th-ranked team nationally in total offense (465.25 ypg). One of his pupils was Ka’Deem Carey, who evolved into a two-time consensus first-team All-American who rushed for a combined 3,814 yards over his final two collegiate seasons and was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in his final campaign in 2013 after a strong freshman season the previous year under Chachere’s tutelage. Carey would later become a fourth-round pick of his current NFL team 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 kick 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 five of his first seven NFL campaigns. Forté has averaged just over 1,000 rushing yards per year with a total of 7,704 while adding another 3,727 yards receiving on 443 receptions for a combined total of 11,431 yards rushing and receiving. Forte played in the NFL’s 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 evacuation from the New Orleans area 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 also worked on the same staff as 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 seasons 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. He is married to the former Lauren
Duplessis and they have three sons – Grant, Noah and Jackson.
The Chachere File
|Birthdate:||March 17, 1969|
|Hometown:||New Orleans, LA|
|High School:||Brother Martin HS|
Bachelor's in Communications
Collegiate Coaching History
|1992||Cheyney||Defensive Backs/Running Backs|
|1994||Bucknell||Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator|
|1998||Northeast Louisiana||Tight Ends|
|1999||Tulane||Linebackers/Punt Return Coordinator|
|2000||Tulane||Linebackers/Punt Return Coordinator|
|2001||Tulane||Linebackers/Punt Return Coordinator|
|2002||Tulane||Linebackers/Punt Return Coordinator|
|2003||Tulane||Linebackers/Punt Return Coordinator|
|2007||Memphis||Special Teams Coordinator|
|2008||Memphis||Special Teams Coordinator|
|2012||Southern Miss||Special Teams Coordinator/Tight ends|
|2015||Cal||Associate Head Coach/Linebackers|
Bowl (5 Games)/NCAA Playoff History (1 Season)
|*Season||School||Bowl Games/NCAA Playoffs|
|1996||Nicholls State||NCAA Divison I-AA Playoffs First Round|
|2007||Memphis||New Orleans Bowl|
|2008||Memphis||St. Petersburg Bowl|
*Season in which bowl game was played
July 29, 2015