Jan. 10, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. - Justin Wilcox, a graduate assistant who coached outside linebackers for nationally No. 15 ranked Boise State this past season, has been named linebackers coach at the University of California, Golden Bears' Head Coach Jeff Tedford announced today.
Wilcox, 26, replaces Bob Foster, who is retiring after one season at Cal. Foster, who celebrates his 62nd birthday this Sunday, was associated with winning records in all 38 seasons in which he coached football at the college and high school level. As linebacker coach last season, Foster played a prominent role in Cal's first winning season (7-5) in nine years.
A standout defensive back at the University of Oregon from 1995-99, Wilcox played his final two collegiate seasons under current Cal defensive coordinator Bob Gregory, who served as the Ducks' defensive secondary coach.
"Justin is a great young, dedicated person with outstanding work ethic and knowledge of our defense," said Tedford. "He has the background playing in our system which will certainly serve him well as he communicates with our players. We believe Justin has a very bright future in the coaching profession."
"I would also be remiss not to take this opportunity to thank Bob Foster for all he did in helping build a winning foundation for the Cal football program last year. He is a class person and a good friend, and I know I speak for Bob Gregory and all the Cal coaches and players is saying we wish him and his wife, Carol, all the best in retirement."
Wilcox played on Oregon teams that appeared in the 1997 Las Vegas Bowl, 1998 Aloha Bowl and 1999 Sun Bowl. He performed at safety his first three years with the Ducks, before moving to cornerback as a senior and earning second team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors.
He was hired as Boise State's outside linebacker coach by Gregory-then the Broncos' defensive coordinator-in 2001. Wilcox helped Boise State post an 8-4 record that first season with Gregory, including victories over highly-regarded Fresno State and Hawaii. Wilcox remained at Boise State upon Gregory's departure to Cal in 2002, and the Broncos fashioned a 12-1 record, No. 15 national ranking and 34-16 win over Iowa State in the Humanitarian Bowl.
"Justin was one of the best guys and smartest players I have ever coached," added Gregory. "He moved to cornerback as a senior at Oregon, and amazingly did not give up a touchdown pass all year long. He did an outstanding job coaching the outside linebackers at Boise State the past two seasons and we're thrilled to add him to our staff."
Wilcox earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology from Oregon in 1999 and has been pursuing his master's degree at Boise State.
He is the son of former San Francisco 49er and Oregon linebacker Dave Wilcox, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.