Cal Hires New Tight End Coach
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/13/2000

June 13, 2000

Berkeley, CA - Cal head coach Tom Holmoe announced on Tuesday that he has hired Shawn Kraft as tight end coach. He replaces Troy Taylor, who retired from college coaching earlier this month.

Kraft, 28, has served on the Cal staff since last August as an administrative assistant to the Golden Bear offensive coaches. A native of Montana, Kraft played college football from 1990-94 at Montana State. He began his college career as a walk-on quarterback, earned a scholarship, and finished up at the running back position.

After graduating with a degree in history and earning his teaching credential in the spring of 1995, Kraft began his coaching career on the prep level. He spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Bozeman High School in Montana, also teaching at the school in 1996-97.

He then accepted an offer to serve as a graduate assistant at Nevada-Reno under head coach Jeff Tisdale. He coached tight ends both seasons with the Wolf Pack. While he was there, he worked with Darrin Higgins, who finished second in the nation in receiving yardage among tight ends in 1998 with 517 yards on 34 receptions.

It was there that Kraft began to hone his offensive philosophy, as Nevada led the nation in passing offense in 1997 and finished fourth in that same category the next season. The Wolf Pack also finished in the Top 5 nationally in total offense both years.

He moved to the Bay Area in the spring of 1999 to serve as offensive tackle and tight end coach at St. Mary's. In August, he accepted an offer to become an administrative assistant for Cal's offensive staff.

"Shawn was the right person for this job," said Holmoe. "He's extremely bright, he knows our offense inside and out, and there won't be any big adjustments. This is a very important year for our offense and this allows us to focus in on the task at hand. We think he'll be a real solid addition to our coaching staff."

While Taylor doubled as a recruiting coordinator on the Cal coaching staff, Kraft will not fill that role. Holmoe indicated that he would likely name somebody on the existing staff to fulfill that function.

Kraft and his wife, Ami, live in San Ramon with daughter Carsyn (1)