The Tedford File

2007 California Head Coach 7-6 Armed Forces Bowl champions 2006 California Head Coach 10-3 Holiday Bowl champions Ranked No. 14 nationally 2005 California Head Coach 8-4 Las Vegas Bowl ch
By Cal Athletics on Wed, July 05, 2006

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May 9, 2008

Birthdate Nov. 2, 1961
Hometown Downey, Calif.
High School Warren HS
College Fresno State '83
Bachelor's in physical education
Family Wife, Donna
Sons, Taylor and Quinn

Coaching History

Year Team Position Record Highlights
2007 California Head Coach 7-6 Armed Forces Bowl champions
2006 California Head Coach 10-3 Holiday Bowl champions
Ranked No. 14 nationally
2005 California Head Coach 8-4 Las Vegas Bowl champions
Ranked No. 25 nationally
2004 California Head Coach 10-2 Holiday Bowl participants
Ranked No. 9 nationally
Pac-10 Coach of the Year
2003 California Head Coach 8-6 Insight Bowl champions
2002 California Head Coach 7-5 Pac-10 Coach the Year
2001 Oregon Offensive Coordinator 11-1 Pac-10 Champions
Ranked No. 2 nationally
Fiesta Bowl champions
2000 Oregon Offensive Coordinator 10-2 Pac-10 Co-Champions
Ranked No. 7 nationally
Holiday Bowl champions
1999 Oregon Offensive Coordinator 9-3 Sun Bowl champions
1998 Oregon Offensive Coordinator 8-4 Aloha Bowl participants
1997 Fresno State Offensive Coordinator 6-6
1996 Fresno State Offensive Coordinator 4-7
1995 Fresno State Offensive Coordinator 5- 7
1994 Fresno State Offensive Coordinator 5- 7-1
1993 Fresno State Offensive Coordinator 8- 4 WAC tri-champions
No. 3 scoring offense nationally
Aloha Bowl participants
1992 Fresno State Quarterbacks Coach 9- 4 WAC tri-champions
No. 1 scoring offense nationally
Freedom Bowl champions
1991 Calgary (CFL) Offensive Assistant 11- 7 Grey Cup runner-up
1990 Calgary (CFL) Offensive Assistant 11- 6-1 Western Division Champions
1989 Calgary (CFL) Offensive Assistant 10- 8

Coaching At Cal

• 50-26 in six seasons as head coach.

• Has led the Golden Bears to six straight winning seasons and five straight bowl games.

• Is 5-1 in the Big Game after inheriting a seven-game losing streak in the series.

• Is 4-1 in bowl games.

• Has 10 wins over ranked teams - matching Cal's wins over ranked teams from the 13 years prior to his arrival.

• Cal has reached the AP top 10 in each of the last four seasons.

• Eighty-nine percent of Tedford's seniors (126 players) have earned their degrees and/or gone on to NFL careers.

Playing Experience

• Honorable mention All-America at Fresno State, where he left the school as the all-time record holder in passing yards (4,872) and touchdown passes (35).

• Set single-season marks in 1982 for passing yards (2,993) and TD passes (24).

• Accumulated a 54 percent completion rate in six seasons as a Canadian Football League quarterback with Hamilton, Calgary, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg.

Cal Accomplishments Under Jeff Tedford

• Cal recorded a winning record for the sixth straight year, the first time in over 50 years that has happened.

• Led the Bears to a top 10 in-season ranking for the fourth straight season.

• Six players were selected in the 2008 NFL Draft - a school-record for the seven-round draft.

• Increased Cal's win total over the last five years to 43 games, the best by the Golden Bears since 1948-49-50-51-52 when Cal won 44 times.

• Earned fifth straight bowl trip for the first time in program history.

• Tailback Justin Forsett rushed for 1,546 yards, the second-most in school history.

• Opened the year with a thrilling 45-31 victory over No. 15 Tennessee on national television.

• Also defeated No. 11 Oregon on the road with the ESPN Gameday crew in attendance.

• Directed the Bears to the No. 2 ranking in the nation - their highest ranking since 1951.

• All 13 of Cal's games were televised - the first time in program history that every game was broadcast.

• Guided Cal to 10 wins, just the seventh time in school history the Bears have posted 10 victories.

• Cal recorded its fourth straight season with at least eight victories.

• Cal had a 1,000-yard rusher for the fifth straight season, breaking the school record for consecutive seasons with a 1,000-yard runner.

• Named a finalist for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award which honors the coach who best exemplifies responsibility and excellence on and off the field of play.

• Posted a fifth straight winning season for the first time since 1948-52.

• Won fifth straight Big Game for the first time since the 1920s.

• Led Bears to their second perfect home record in 57 years (other was 2004).

• Beat Washington for the fifth straight season after dropping 19 straight in the series.

• Finished No. 25 in the AP and USA Today polls, marking the first time Cal has appeared in final polls in consecutive seasons since the 1949 and 1950 Rose Bowl teams.

• Cal's 18 wins in 2004 and 2005 represent the 13th best total in the country during that span.

• Finished the season ninth nationally with 235.3 rushing yards per game, marking the Bears' second straight season as a top 10 rushing team (sixth in 2004).

• Won fourth straight Big Game for the first time since the 1930s.

• Cal won again at Stanford, marking its first two-game winning streak at Stanford since 1949 and 1951.

• Named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, the first time a Cal coach had received the honor more than once in his career.

• Earned Cal's highest national ranking (No. 4) in 52 years.

• Posted school's best regular-season record (10-1) since 1950.

• First perfect home record (5-0) in 55 years and most road wins (5) in school history.

• Earned first back-to-back bowl trips since 1990-91.

• Set school records for total offense (492.4 ypg), ranking No. 1 in the Pac-10.

• Broke school mark for yards per offensive play (7.0), almost one yard better than old mark of 6.10 in 2003.

• Led Pac-10 in rushing (256.8 ypg) for second straight year, first two times since 1958.

• Allowed fewest points by Cal defense since 1968, ranking eighth nationally at 16.0 ppg.

• Recorded first back-to-back defensive shutouts in 36 years (38-0 at Arizona, 27-0 vs. Arizona St.).

• First back-to-back winning seasons at Cal in 12 years.

• Set school marks for total offense (6,061) and first downs (321).

• Led the Pac-10 in rushing for the first time in 45 years.

• Posted first bowl win at Cal in 10 years (52-49) vs. Virginia Tech in the Insight Bowl.

• Set school bowl records for most points (52), total yards (530), passing yards (394), completion percentage (77.1), touchdowns (7) and rushing touchdowns (5).

• Beat a team ranked as high as No. 3 nationally (USC, 34-31, in 3 overtimes) for the first time in 53 years.

• Defeated Washington in Berkeley for the first time in 28 years, with the 54-7 win the widest margin of victory by a Cal team in a conference game in 81 years.

• Set a school record for fewest turnovers committed in both an 11- and 12-game season (16).

• Set school single-game record for total offense with 729 vs. Washington.

• Named Pac-10 Coach of the Year as voted by conference coaches, becoming the third Cal coach to receive the honor since the award's inception in 1975.

• Enjoyed a 5.5-game improvement and six-win increase from the previous season, tying for the biggest one-year turnaround in the nation and the second largest about-face in school history (only Pappy Waldorf's 1947 club produced a larger turnaround by posting a 9-1 mark after the team finished 2-7 the previous season).

• Beat three nationally ranked teams (Michigan State, Washington and Arizona State) in the same season for the first time in 52 years.

• Scored three road victories over nationally ranked opponents in the same season for the first time in school history.

• Halted a 12-year victory drought in Sun Devil Stadium, mowing down Arizona State, 55-38.

• Set a modern day school record by scoring 427 points in 2002, with their 35.6-point scoring average tied for 10th best in the nation.

• Capped the season by registering Cal's first Big Game win over Stanford in eight years, a 30-7 throttling of the Cardinal.


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