Dec. 18, 2001
BERKELEY - In his first move as the University of California's new football coach, Jeff Tedford today announced the hiring of seven members to his 2002 Golden Bears coaching staff. They include three men with defensive coordinator experience on the NCAA Division 1-A level and several coaches with long-time associations with winning programs.
The new Cal coaches include Boise State defensive coordinator Bob Gregory, former UC Davis head coach and Oregon defensive coordinator Bob Foster and San Diego State defensive coordinator Ken Delgado. On the offensive side, Tedford has acquired the services of Oregon State special teams/offensive line/tight end coach Jim Michalczik, Lehigh special teams/tight end coach Dave Ungerer and Utah State wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau.
In their new assignments in Berkeley, Gregory will serve as defensive coordinator, while Foster and Delgado will coach linebackers and defensive line, respectively. Michalczik (pronounced Mah-HAUL-check) will coach the offensive line, Ungerer will handle special teams and tight ends, and Kiesau (pronounced Key-SAW) oversees the wide receivers.
Tedford also announced that Ron Gould will be retained from last year's Cal staff and continue to coach running backs. The new Cal head coach said he expects to complete his staff by naming an offensive coordinator and defensive secondary coach in the near future.
"I'm delighted to make these announcements today, as these men are all quality people who have been involved in winning programs during their careers," said Tedford. "They offer outstanding experience and football knowledge, and they understand how to coach and teach young people effectively. They also will care about their players, both on and off the field. I can't wait to get them on board, so we can begin the off-season work necessary to build a foundation for success."
Gregory, 38, excelled in his first season as a defensive coordinator in 2001, as his Boise State team ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference in both scoring (23.3 ppg) and rushing (118.1 ypg) defense, and third in total defense (369.6 ypg). The Broncos posted an 8-4 record this past season, including wins over Fresno State (35-30) and Hawaii (28-21).
Prior to his one year at Boise State, Gregory served as defensive secondary coach at Oregon from 1998-2000, a period in which the Ducks registered a 26-8 record and scored victories over Minnesota in the 1999 Sun Bowl and against Texas in the 2000 Holiday Bowl. He also coached at Willamette University for seven seasons (1991-97), holding the defensive secondary job for one year before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 1992. Gregory remained in that position when new Willamette head coach Dan Hawkins assumed the reins in 1993, and Gregory and Hawkins teamed together to lead the school to a 40-11-2 mark during a five-year period. The 1997 team ranked first nationally in points (10.2) and yards (189.5) allowed and lost in the NAIA championship game.
A former defensive back and linebacker at Washington State, Gregory launched his coaching career upon graduation at Washington University in St. Louis in 1987. After one season as secondary coach at Washington, he was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1988. A year later, he moved to Oregon, where he filled a graduate assistant role from 1989-90.
Foster, 60, retired from coaching in 2000 after serving as defensive coordinator for Oregon in 1998-1999-a period in which the Ducks reeled off records of 8-4 and 9-3. The Clovis, Calif. native previously coached 19 years at UC Davis, including a highly successful four-year run as the Aggies' head coach from 1989-92. During that four-year span, he steered UC Davis to a 30-11-1 record and NCAA Division II playoff berths in both 1989 and 1992.
He began his coaching tenure at Davis in 1971, coaching linebackers for seven years before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 1978. In his 11 seasons as the Aggies' defensive coordinator, Foster's teams ranked ninth nationally in total defense (216.4 ypg) in 1981, fourth in rushing defense (97.3 ypg) and sixth in scoring defense (12.6 ppg) in '82, and fifth in scoring defense (10.2 ppg) in '84. Among his players during that period were two current members of the Oregon staff-head coach Mike Bellotti and defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, and present Boise State offensive coordinator Chris Petersen.
Foster, who was a four-year letterman at running back at UC Davis from 1958-61, began his coaching career at his alma mater as a freshman coach in 1963-64. He also served as an assistant coach at Vanden High School in Fairfield from 1965-70 and as a defensive consultant at Willamette University from 1995-97.
Delgado, 40, brings an impressive defensive resume to California. He arrives after eight seasons at San Diego State, where he was defensive coordinator the past two years after a six-year stint as defensive line coach. During his time as D-line coach, he produced at least one first team all-conference selection in five of his six campaigns. Among Delgardo's proteges were three-time all-conference first team choice and San Diego State's all-time sack leader Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila-now one of the NFL's sack leaders at Green Bay-plus 1998 WAC Freshman of the Year and '99 and '00 All-Mountain West Conference second team selection Jerome Howard and 1999 All-MWC second team choice Scottie Nicholson. In addition, he developed La'Roi Glover (1995) and Jamal Duff (1994) into NFL draft picks.
Other coaching stops for Delgado include Utah (defensive line, 1993) and San Jose State (defensive line, 1988-92, tight ends/offensive line as graduate assistant, 1986-87). His 1993 defense at Utah featured first team All-WAC lineman Luther Ellis, a future NFL first-round pick, while his '90 Spartans squad ranked third nationally in rushing defense and 14th in total defense. A Bay Area native, Delgado earned honorable mention JC All-America and first team all-state honors at Chabot Community College in nearby Hayward and played two seasons at San Jose State from 1982-83.
Michalczik, 35, has spent the past three years coaching special teams, tight ends and the offensive line on Dennis Erickson's staff at Oregon State. During that time span, the Beavers earned a share of the 2000 Pac-10 Championship, logging an 11-1 record en route to a No. 4 national ranking in the final Associated Press poll. OSU's only loss that season was a 33-30 setback at Washington, as the Beavers crushed No. 10 ranked Notre Dame, 41-9, in the Fiesta Bowl that season.
Prior to his stay in Corvallis, Michalczik served as offensive line coach at Montana State for seven years (1992-98), also overseeing tight ends and coordinating the Bobcats' running game and pass protection. He attended Washington State, where he was a three-year letterman at offensive guard, starting the final two seasons under Erickson. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-America (The Sporting News) notice as a senior, and played on the Cougars' 1988 Aloha Bowl team that beat Houston, 24-22.
Michalczik, who earned bachelor's degrees in social sciences from Washington State in 1988 and in education from Miami in 1989, signed with the NFL's Phoenix Cardinals as a free agent in '89. He began his coaching career at Miami the following year, coaching the defensive line and special teams for the Hurricanes in 1990-91. He was on the '91 national championship team that finished 12-0.
Ungerer, a coaching veteran of 19 college seasons, has coached running backs and special teams at Lehigh the past two seasons. During that period, the Engineers etched a 23-2 record and advanced to the NCAA Division 1-AA semifinals this past season and to the quarterfinals in 2000. Ungerer coached running backs and special teams for seven years at Maryland (1991-97) and four seasons at Holy Cross (1988-91), where he also served as strength and conditioning coach.
A 1980 graduate of Southern Connecticut State-where he letter four years at running back-Ungerer christened his coaching career at Rutgers as a graduate assistant from 1983-85. He later coached defensive line and special teams at Northeastern (1985) and Davidson (1986-87).
Kiesau, 29, has coached at Utah State during the past two seasons, handling running backs in 2000 and wide receivers this past fall. In 2000, the Pasadena, Calif., native tutored Emmett White, Utah State's third team All-America who led the nation in all-purpose yards and ranked 13th in NCAA rushing, including a school-record 322-yard effort against New Mexico State that year.
Named to the J.C. Grid Wire All-America team at Glendale Community College in 1992, Kesau started at quarterback for Portland State his senior season in 1995. He later coached at Moorpark High School and Glendale Community College in Southern California, before a brief stop at Oregon as Bellotti's teamwork coordinator in 1999. Kiesau earned a bachelor's degree in business communications at Portland State in 1996.
Gould will enter his sixth season as the Bears' running backs coach in 2002. He previously spent four seasons as secondary coach at Boise State, where he contributed to a Division 1-AA national championship runner-up finish in 1994 when his secondary helped the Broncos finish among the nation's Top 5 in pass efficiency defense and scoring defense. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Oregon, where he served as a graduate assistant in 1990 and '91. He then accepted a full-time position at Portland State and worked as a secondary coach under Pokey Allen in 1992, before moving with the coach to Boise State the following season.
Cal's 2002 Football Coach Staff
Bob Gregory, Defensive Coordinator
TBA, Offensive Coordinator
Bob Foster, Linebackers
Ken Delgado, Defensive Line
TBA, Defensive Secondary
Ron Gould, Running Backs
Jim Michalczik, Offensive Line
Eric Kiesau, Wide Receivers
Dave Ungerer, Special Teams/Tight Ends