November 22, 1998
Berkeley - Cal head coach Tom Holmoe announced today that offensive coordinator Doug Cosbie and offensive line coach Monte Clark had both tendered their resignations, effective immediately.
Cosbie has served as the Bears offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the past two seasons. His '97 offense averaged 394.4 yards per game and finished second in the Pacific-10 in first downs. This season, Cal struggled on the offensive side of the ball, averaging only 292.2 yards a game. However, Cal wide receiver Dameane Douglas did have the most prolific receiving season in Pac-10 history, finishing the year with 100 catches to overtake Keyshawn Johnson's league record.
Holmoe indicated that Cosbie's decision to retire from the coaching ranks was entirely voluntary. "Doug came in this afternoon and informed me of his decision," said Holmoe. "Obviously, none of us were happy about our offensive production this season, but his decision was based primarily on being able to spend more time with his family. Doug is one of the finest people I've ever met and I thank him for his hard work during his time here. He's going to remain a close friend."
Cosbie, 42, came to Cal before the 1997 season, after spending one season as Athletic Director and head coach of Division III Menlo College. He is a former All-Pro tight end who played 10 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He played in Pro Bowls following the 1983, '84 and '85 seasons.
A father of five, Cosbie said that he made the decision after consulting with his family. "This decision was a difficult one, because I'm not one to walk away from challenges and, obviously, we still had a lot of work to do on offense," said Cosbie. "However, my family has always been the most important thing in my life and, as a coach, there just weren't enough hours in the day to do both. I firmly believe that Tom (Holmoe) and Cal are on track to develop a great program and I'll be a great supporter in coming years."
Clark, likewise, said his decision was based on family considerations. The Cal offensive line coach, who will be 62 in two months, said that he wanted to move back to his home in Michigan.
Holmoe indicated that, while he was disappointed in the decisions of Cosbie and Clark, also said the coaching vacancies offered a great opportunity. "When we made these hires over the last two years, there was an amazing amount of interest with some really great candidates," he said. "I think we'll have the same level of interest and I'm excited about bringing some fresh ideas to our offensive staff."