December 28, 1998
Berkeley - Cal head coach Tom Holmoe announced Monday that he has promoted defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich to associate head coach. He will continue his defensive duties as coordinator and linebacker coach for the Golden Bears as well.
At the same time, the school announced that Setencich has signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at Cal at least through the 2001 season.
"Lyle not only has been a great defensive strategist for us, but he's been an important counsel to me on all aspects of our football program so this title more appropriately reflects his role on our staff," said Holmoe. "Having him agree to a long-term contract also provides us the type of stability that we need in building a consistent winner at Cal."
Sentencich has been the architect of Cal's impressive turnaround on the defensive side of the football during his two years in the program. Cal ranked dead last in total defense while giving up 460.3 yards a game in 1996. During Sentencich's first season in '97, Cal improved almost 80 yards a game, giving up 381.4 yards per contest to rank 8th in the conference. Last season, Cal emerged as one of the Pac-10's top defenses, allowing opponents only 340.3 yards a game, ranking third in the conference in that category. With seven starters back next season, Cal should make even further strides and should develop into one of college football's premier units.
Setencich came to Cal after spending two years at Arizona State as linebacker coach, helping the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl after the 1996 season. He also has had stints as a head coach or assistant at Mt. Diablo HS, Albany HS and San Ramon HS in the prep ranks. As a collegiate coach, he has had stays at Boise State, Cal Poly SLO and Pacific in addition to ASU and Cal.