Feb. 4, 2000
BERKELEY - Head football coach Tom Holmoe announced today that he has hired Ken Margerum as Cal's new wide receiver coach.
Margerum, 41, is a former consensus All-America receiver at Stanford in 1979 and '80 who went on to a seven-year NFL career. He comes to Cal after spending the last three seasons as the head football coach at Menlo College in Atherton.
Holmoe indicated that Margerum stood out from a group of six finalists who interviewed for the job. "Ken brings that unique combination of competitive fire and technical knowledge of the position that few have," said Holmoe. "He's done it on the field and I think that's an important element to players. He's going to be a great coach for us and he'll really help us on the recruiting front because of his enthusiasm and fervor about football."
As head coach at Menlo, a non-scholarship program, he supervised the seventh-best turnaround in the NCAA Division III level last season, as the Oaks went from a 2-8 record in 1998 to a 5-4 mark last season. Margerum was also credited with recruiting almost 150 new players to the program over the last three years, a remarkable accomplishment at the Division III level, due to tuition costs.
Margerum began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator at Hawaiian Prep Academy from 1993-95. He then accepted a position as the wide receiver coach at Hawaii under Fred von Appen where he spent the 1996 season before moving back to California and accepting the Menlo head coaching job.
He had a distinguished playing career. He still holds the Pac-10 record for career touchdowns with 32 and held the Stanford record for receiving yards (2,430) until that mark was broken this past season by Troy Walters. Margerum was a third round draft choice of the Chicago Bears and earned first team All-Rookie honors in 1981. He was a member of the Bears victorious Super Bowl team in 1985. After five years with the Bears, Margerum finished up the 1986 season and the '87 season with the San Francisco 49ers.
Margerum clearly is excited about his new duties at Cal. "I have a real passion for the wide receiver position and I don't think I would have left a head coaching job except for the opportunity to work with wide receivers at this level.
"It's a great opportunity and I can't wait to get started. I believe I can teach how to play the wide receiver position as good as anybody, but most of all I want to impart that passion, that competitiveness you need to succeed at this level. The Cal receivers will compete and will catch everything that is thrown our way."
Margerum is married to Cal assistant track coach Joy Margerum. They have two children, Sunny (7) and Windy (4 months).