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Andy Buh is in his first season as the defensive coordinator at Cal in 2013. His fundamentally sound and detail-oriented style has earned success against the toughest opponents. Buh was announced on December 19, 2012, and joined the Golden Bears after coaching on the Wisconsin staff in the Rose Bowl against Stanford on January 1, 2013. Buh will also coach Cal’s linebackers.
Buh spent the 2012 season as the Badgers' linebackers coach for a team that played in its third consecutive Rose Bowl after previously serving as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for two seasons at Nevada (2010-11) and the co-defensive coordinator for the final two seasons of his three-year stint at Stanford (2007-09).
"Andy Buh is a highly sought-after coach that has led a series of strong defenses in multiple settings over the last several seasons," head coach Sonny Dykes said upon Buh's hiring. "The experience and knowledge he will bring to Cal football on the defensive side of the ball will have a tremendous impact on our program. He also has significant experience recruiting in the state of California and will bolster our recruiting efforts in our own backyard. I have wanted to work with Andy for a long time and have tried to hire him in the past, so I'm glad that this opportunity has materialized."
"I'm truly excited for the opportunity to come back to the Bay Area and the University of California," Buh said after his hiring. "Cal is a program that has all of the resources to be a consistent winner in the Pac-12. I have a tremendous amount of respect for coach Dykes and what he has done over his career."
Buh played a key role as the linebackers coach for a Wisconsin defensive unit that ranked 15th nationally in total defense (322.57 ypg) and in the top 25 in all major categories on the defensive side of the ball in 2012. Wisconsin was also 17th in scoring defense (19.14 ppg), as well as 22nd in pass efficiency defense (113.43) and 24th in rushing defense (128.93 ypg). The Badgers were even better during regular-season 2012 Big Ten contests, allowing 18.3 points per game to rank second in the conference. Wisconsin held five consecutive conference opponents to 16 points or less and gave up more than 24 points in only one of eight regular-season league contests and three overall. Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor was 54th nationally in tackles with an average of 8.79 per game, while his total of 123 stops was 25th nationally. Linebacker Chris Borland received All-Big Ten honors.
During his two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Nevada, the Wolf Pack was 20-7 overall and 12-3 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Nevada posted a 7-6 record and nearly upset No. 22 Southern Miss in the Hawaii Bowl in 2011, limiting the No. 15 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 ypg) and was led on the defensive side of the ball by first-team All-American defensive tackle Brett Roy, who had 18.5 tackles for loss (-57 yards) while pacing the WAC and ranking 12th nationally with 1.42 per game. Roy also had 10.0 sacks (-36 yards), ranking second in the WAC and tied for 13th in the country with 0.77 per game.
Buh led Nevada’s defense in 2010 in what was arguably the greatest season in the history of Nevada football. Nevada won the WAC title, posting a 13-1 overall record and defeating Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Key wins included home victories over No. 25 Cal and a come-from-behind victory over No. 4 Boise State, where Nevada’s defense held the Broncos to seven points in the second half to win 34-31 in overtime. Under Buh’s leadership Nevada had a rushing defense that ranked 18th nationally (120.29 ypg) and a scoring defense that was 31st (21.43 ppg). Pressure keyed much of the team's defensive success as the Wolf Pack was 24th nationally in sacks (2.50 spg). Defensive end Dontay Moch, a third-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2011 NFL Draft, had 22.0 tackles for loss (-83 yards) to lead the WAC and rank 10th nationally with an average of 1.57 per game.
Buh engineered a major turnaround in a defense he inherited at Nevada that ranked 91st nationally in total defense the season before his arrival in 2009 (400.23 ypg) and 96th in 2008 (409.31 ypg). In his two campaigns at Nevada, the Wolf Pack finished 52nd in total defense in 2011 (369.23 ypg) and 54th in 2010 (363.57 ypg).
Prior to his tenure at Nevada, Buh had three successful seasons at Stanford (2007-09). He began his stint at Stanford in 2007 as the linebackers coach for a Cardinal team that gone 1-11 the previous season. But that 2007 team shocked the nation when the 41-point underdog Cardinal defeated No. 2 USC, 24-23. It was one of the greatest upsets in college football history and a turning point for Stanford football. Buh was promoted by then-head coach Jim Harbaugh to co-defensive coordinator for his final two seasons.
In his first season as the co-defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2008, the Cardinal ranked 11th nationally in sacks (2.75 spg) with the team's 34.0 total sacks coming from 13 different players. In Buh's second season in the position, the Cardinal made its first bowl appearance (Sun Bowl) since 2001 and had four defensive players honored on the All-Pac-12 teams to bring the two-year total under Buh to seven.
Buh spent the 2006 campaign on the staff at Fresno State after four successful seasons (2002-05) as the linebackers coach at San Diego State. During his time with the Aztecs, Buh coached four players who went on to the NFL, including Kirk Morrison, a first-team All-American, two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-MWC selection who would go on to play in the NFL with Oakland (2005-09), Jacksonville (2010) and Buffalo (2011-12).
Buh spent two previous seasons at Cal (2000-01) as a defensive administrative assistant after making his collegiate coaching debut with three campaigns at his alma mater Nevada, where he was a graduate assistant coach in 1997 and 1998 before being hired as defensive backs/special teams coach in 1999.
He started his coaching career as an assistant for one campaign in 1996 at Orange Glen High School, where he graduated in 1991.
Buh played two seasons collegiately at Nevada (1993-94) and helped the Wolf Pack to a Big West championship as a 1994 senior as the Pack combined for a 16-6 mark during Buh's two seasons as a player. Buh graduated from Nevada with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1996.
A native of Escondido, Calif., he also played for two seasons at Palomar College, where he helped his squad to a share of the 1991 Junior College Grid-Wire national championship as a freshman. He earned All-America honors as a 1992 sophomore.
Buh is married to the former Kelly Morris. The couple has two sons, Luke and Logan.
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Last Updated: July 18, 2013