Feb. 20, 2009
BERKELEY - Andy Ludwig, who is considered one of the nation's top offensive minds and has more than 20 seasons coaching at the collegiate level, has joined the University of California coaching staff as offensive coordinator, Golden Bear head coach Jeff Tedford announced Friday.
Last season, Ludwig served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Utah, helping the Utes to a perfect 13-0 record, a 31-17 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and a No. 2 national ranking in the Associated Press poll. He also tutored Utah quarterback Brian Johnson to Mountain West Conference Offensive Players of the Year and Sugar Bowl MVP honors.
Ludwig has been an offensive coordinator the last 12 years with stops at Utah (2005-08), Oregon (2002-04), Fresno State (1998-01) and Cal Poly (1997). He left Utah for the offensive coordinator position at Kansas State following the 2008 campaign before deciding to move to Berkeley and coach with Tedford.
"I am happy and excited to have Andy join our staff," Tedford said. "I've kept in touch with him over the years and followed his career, and we have a lot of history together. Andy is an excellent coach, which is evident by his guiding Utah to an undefeated record last year. He is an outstanding offensive coordinator and play caller."
Although Tedford and Ludwig have not previously coached together, they have been closely linked at Fresno State and Oregon. When Tedford left Fresno State to become offensive coordinator at Oregon, Ludwig replaced him as offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs. The same happened when Tedford left Oregon to become head coach at Cal, with Ludwig moving to Eugene for three years.
One of five finalists for the FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year Award in 2008, Ludwig has coached in 10 bowl games over his career.
Ludwig's Utah offense ended the 2008 season first in the Mountain West and 15th nationally in scoring offense (37 points per game), while the Utes were second in the MWC and 18th nationally in pass efficiency (149.7) and third in the MWC and 35th nationally in total offense (401 yards per game).
Under the tutelage of Ludwig, Johnson had one of the best seasons by a quarterback in school history as he completed 241-of-353 passes (68.3-percent) for 2,636 yards, while throwing 24 touchdowns as opposed to just nine interceptions. In addition, he became the winningest quarterback in Utah history at 26-7, breaking the record by Alex Smith, who was 21-1 from 2003-04.
While best known for his success with quarterbacks - Ludwig coached David Carr, a Heisman Trophy finalist at Fresno State and the 2002 No. 1 NFL Draft pick - he has also incorporated a strong run game. In stints at Fresno State, Oregon and Utah, Ludwig has produced six 1,000-yard rushers and has coached two of the nine Utes ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a season - Quinton Ganther (1,120 in 2005) and Darrell Mack (1,204 in 2007).
The Ogden, Utah, native was a 2001 Broyles Award finalist - awarded to the nation's top collegiate assistant coach - while he was offensive coordinator at Fresno State. That season, Fresno averaged 40 points and nearly 500 yards per game - finishing fourth in the nation in both categories. Fresno State became the first school in NCAA history to feature a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in a single season.
Ludwig shaped the career of Carr, who led the nation in passing yards (4,839) and touchdowns (46), was a Heisman Trophy finalist and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Sammy Baugh awards. Ludwig also mentored Billy Volek, who set the NCAA record for lowest career and season interception percentage.
Under Ludwig, Kellen Clemens had the best sophomore season ever by an Oregon quarterback. He would later go in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft to the New York Jets. Wide receiver Sammie Parker set Oregon game, season and career records for receptions, while Ludwig also showcased 1,000-yard rushers Onterrio Smith and Terrence Whitehead.
Cal Poly ranked seventh in the country in total offense in 1997 when Ludwig led the Mustang offense, averaging 455.0 yards per game and quarterback Alli Abrew led the nation in passing efficiency.
Prior to his stint at Cal Poly, Ludwig had stops at Boise State (quarterbacks, 1995-96), Augustana (offensive coordinator/QB/WR, 1993-94), Utah (graduate assistant, 1992), Idaho State (QB/WR, 1989-91) and Portland State (WR, 1987-88).
Ludwig played wide receiver at Snow College from 1982-83 before transferring to Portland State, where he earned two letters in 1985 and 1986. He then went on to earn his bachelor's degree in exercise science in 1988 when he served as the Vikings' wide receivers coach.
Ludwig replaced Frank Cignetti, who accepted the offensive coordinator position at Pittsburgh earlier this week.
Andy Ludwig Coaching Experience 2005-08: Utah, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2002-04: Oregon, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1998-01: Fresno State Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1997: Cal Poly Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1995-96: Boise State Quarterbacks 1993-94: Augustana (S.D.) Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Receivers 1992: Utah Graduate Assistant, Defense 1989-91: Idaho State Quarterbacks/Receivers 1987-88: Portland State Receivers
Andy Ludwig Bowl Experience 1992 - Copper Bowl 1999 - Las Vegas Bowl 2000 - Silicon Valley Bowl 2001 - Silicon Valley Bowl 2002 - Seattle Bowl 2003 - Sun Bowl 2005 - Emerald Bowl 2006 - Armed Forces Bowl 2007 - Poinsettia Bowl