Nov. 4, 2001
Tom Holmoe announced today that he will resign his position as the University of California's head football coach, effective after the 2001 season.
Holmoe, whose contract extends through 2002, made the announcement at a 5 p.m. media conference after sharing the news with his players and coaching staff. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately, Cal Athletic Director Steve Gladstone said.
"It's with deep regret that I arrived at this decision," said Holmoe. "We had great dreams when we took over the reins here five years ago, and it's unfortunate that many of those dreams were not realized. This was a personal decision on my part, one in which I felt was in the best interest of my players and the Cal football program. I will always appreciate the opportunity I received here, and I wish everyone associated with the program nothing but the best in the future."
Holmoe, 41, has posted a 15-37 record in five seasons at Berkeley. His best showing came in 1998, when the Bears finished 5-6 but missed a post-season bowl bid by losing their final three games of the year to Arizona State (55-22), Arizona (27-23) and Stanford (10-3).
"We truly appreciate the commitment that Tom and his staff have made to the Cal program and our student-athletes over the past several years," Gladstone said. "Tom is one of the finest people in college athletics today. His personal character and sensitivity towards others is extraordinary and we only wish that the football program could have flourished under his direction. We certainly share in his great disappointment, and wish Tom and his family well in any future endeavors."
Gladstone has not set a timetable for hiring Holmoe's replacement, but did indicate that the nationwide search will begin this week.
"Our mission is to find a person who has the qualities necessary to turn around the program," Gladstone said. "We believe strongly that the potential of Cal football is unlimited, and this vacancy represents an outstanding opportunity for someone. We will expend all energy and explore all avenues to hire the right person for this position. Bear fans should take solace in knowing that we intend to bring exciting, winning football back to Strawberry Canyon in the very near future."
California, which saw its 2001 record dip to 0-8 yesterday in losing 38-24 to Arizona, has not produced a winning season since 1993. Cal, in hopes of its first victory of the season, will host USC in Berkeley's Memorial Stadium this Saturday at 12:30 p.m.