Mar. 3, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. - Al Simmons, who was defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Idaho State this past fall, has been named cornerbacks coach at the University of California, head coach Tom Holmoe announced Tuesday.
"Al is well respected on the West Coast," Holmoe said. "He has coached in the secondary a long time and is a real student of the game. He has a good background for a young coach, working at several schools, and I am pleased that he will be joining our staff at Cal."
Simmons, 35, is a native of the Bay Area who attended Cal State Hayward, serving as defensive coordinator and secondary/linebacker coach there from 1986-93. In 1992, his team finished No. 1 in the conference in scoring defense and No. 2 in total defense.
In 1994, Simmons moved over to San Francisco State as defensive coordinator and secondary coach, helping the Gators place second in their conference in total defense, pass defense, turnovers created and scoring defense.
Simmons left the Bay Area in February 1995 to become secondary coach at Montana State for two seasons. While he was there, Montana State finished second in the Big Sky Conference in pass efficiency defense in both 1995 and '96. Throughout his career, Simmons has had at least two defensive players earn all-conference honors every season.
During the summer of 1996, Simmons was in the minority fellowship coaching program with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and was a participant in the same capacity with the Raiders in 1993.
"I am excited about coming to Cal," Simmons said. "I think the staff has done a good job of putting together a strong group of players and I am looking forward to working with Tom Holmoe and (defensive coordinator) Lyle Setencich."
Simmons graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1983 and earned a master's degree in physical education in 1991, both from Cal State Hayward.
Simmons replaces DeWayne Walker, who left the Cal staff to take a coaching position with the NFL's New England Patriots.