1999 Football Biographies
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/28/1999

June 28, 1999

Tom Holmoe

Head Coach BYU '83
Third Year at Cal

The same qualities that helped Tom Holmoe earn three Super Bowl rings as a player are beginning to pay major dividends as he enters his third year as Cal's head coach.

Never flashy, Holmoe forged a successful career as a NFL safety through consistency, hard work, an intelligent approach to the game and a commitment to the team concept. As a player, Holmoe quietly went about his business, doing all the little things that make a team successful and leaving the spotlight for others to enjoy.

Now that same approach, combined with his superb organizational skills, is paying off as he helps build the football program at Cal. The results thus far have been modest, in terms of wins and losses. More importantly, he has established an infrastructure that promises long-term success.

After assembling one of the top defensive coaching staffs in college football and seeing that pay off handsomely on the field, Holmoe has turned his attention to the other side of the ball during this past off-season. He made two critical hires to shore up weak spots with the additions of Ed White as offensive line coach and Steve Hagen as quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. With those two pieces in place, Cal has what may turn out to be the best coaching staff in the Pac-10.

His first two teams have not only shown steady improvement in the win column, going from three wins in '97 to five wins in '98, but also have shown the type of work ethic and team togetherness that were hallmarks of Holmoe's playing career.

That camaraderie has been a major factor in Holmoe and Cal's ability to put together the type of recruiting clases that provide a foundation for much larger success in the future.

In fact, Cal's '99 recruiting group was universally recognized as one of the Top 20 in the nation and included, arguably, the finest recruit in Cal history in top-ranked QB Kyle Boller.

More than any other characteristic, Holmoe has a well-earned reputation as a winner who knows the importance of teamwork and cohesiveness in building success. Since he began playing football as a sophomore in high school, he has been on teams that have won conference championships 19 times in that 243-season span. He can claim three Super Bowl rings with the 49ers in 1984, '88 and O89, in addition to the 1994 title as a secondary coach.

That reputation as a winner along with his leadership abilities and character were traits that led Cal Athletic Director John Kasser to quickly name Holmoe just two days following the resignation of Steve Mariucci in January of 1997. Holmoe had served as Cal's defensive coordinator in 1996. He agreed to a five-year contract which will extend through the 2001 season.

Coaching legend Bill Walsh can be counted among Holmoe's most fervent supporters. "Tom Holmoe is so far above any other candidate I could think of for the head coaching position at Cal that it must have been an easy decision," said Walsh. "He has an outstanding football mind, he's extremely intelligent and he's well organized. He just exudes class and he'll be a great asset to the University of California."

A native of La Crescenta, Calif., who was born on March 7, 1960, Holmoe prepped at Crescenta Valley High School in southern California where he starred at both quarterback and safety, before graduating in 1978.

He moved on to BYU where he was a starting cornerback from 1980 to '82, leading the WAC with seven interceptions as a sophomore in 1980. He went on to earn first team WAC honors as a senior and was drafted in the fourth round by the 49ers in 1983. While a collegian, the Cougars won WAC titles all five seasons he was in the program.

During his seven-year career with the 49ers, he brought home three Super Bowl rings and San Francisco won its division each and every season from 1983 to '89. Playing both safety positions as well as being a valuable special teams member, Holmoe totaled 151 tackles in his career. After retiring from pro football, Holmoe entered the coaching ranks, returning to BYU to serve as a graduate assistant under LaVell Edwards in 1990 and '91

He accepted an offer from Bill Walsh to become the Stanford secondary coach in 1992 and stayed there two years. The Cardinal were Pac-10 tri-champions in '92 with a 10-3 overall record and a win over Penn State in the Blockbuster Bowl that season.

In 1994, Holmoe moved back to the pro ranks serving as George Seifert's defensive backfield coach for two seasons. During his tenure with the team, he coached pro bowlers Deion Sanders, Tim McDonald, Eric Davis and Merton Hanks. In '95, the 49ers recorded 26 interceptions, the team's highest total in nine years.

Holmoe graduated from BYU with a degree in zoology in 1983 and received a master's degree from the same school in athletic administration in 1995. He and his wife, Lori, live in Foster City with four children: Shannon (15), Daniel (13), Erik (11) and Lauren (5).

Steve Hagen

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Cal Lutheran '83
First Year at Cal

COACHING: Steve Hagen was hired at Cal last December with the task of turning around the team's offensive production and passing game. His resume indicates he is the perfect man for the job, as he has built a superior reputation during his 14-year coaching tenure. His positive approach in dealing with players and his ability to put together innovative game plans seem perfectly suited to rebuild a Cal offense that sunk to last in the Pac-10 in 1998.

Hagen began his coaching career with graduate assistant stints at Illinois and Kansas before landing his first fulltime assignment at Northern Arizona where he coached the receivers and tight ends from 1987-88. He then joined Lou Holtz's Notre Dame staff as a graduate assistant for two seasons. While with the Irish from 1989-90, he served as a receivers coach, working with Rocket Ismael.

He spent one year as quarterback coach at Kent State in '91, then came back west as the offensive coordinator and QB coach for Nevada under Chris Ault in 1992 and '93. His '92 Wolf Pack offense led the nation in total offense (569.1 ypg) and passing offense (397.5 ypg).

Hagen then moved with Jeff Horton to UNLV, serving in the same role, and again producing impressive offensive numbers. UNLV not only won the Big West title in 1994, but broke over 20 school offensive records during the '94 and '95 seasons under Hagen's direction.

Hagen accepted an offer to become head coach at Wartburg College, a Division III school in Iowa. His team there set seven school records and earned a No. 8 ranking in total offense while posting a 7-3 record in 1996.

The last two seasons, he has served as offensive coordinator, QB coach and recruiting coordinator at San Jose State. Among the highlights during his time with the Spartans was the school's first victory in nine years over Stanford and a pair of WAC Player of the Week Awards for his quarterbacks.

PLAYER: Hagen was a four-year letterman at Cal Lutheran from 1979-82. He earned NAIA All-America honors as a senior after catching 59 passes for 1050 yards. He signed a contract with the Boston Breakers of the USFL, but a knee injury in camp prematurely ended his career.

PERSONAL: Hagen, 38, was born Sept. 15, 1961. He received a degree in business management from Cal Lutheran. He and his wife, Amy, have three children, Nash (4), Hannah (2) and Wil, who was born this past spring.

Favorite Coaching Moment: Being a head coach at Wartburg College
Favorite Book: Make the Big Time Where You Are by Frosty Westering
Favorite Movie: Phenomenon
Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Chris Ault, 2. Lou Holtz, 2. Billy Callahan
Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Spending time with family, guitar, reading

Bill Dutton

Defensive Line
California '54
Second Year at Cal

COACHING: One of the finest technicians and teachers in the game, Bill Dutton had an immediate impact in his first season at Cal. The obvious yardstick is improvement, and each of his defensive line charges got better last season. Three of his players earned Pac-10 honors, and the line's aggressive style of play helped Cal post a league-leading 125 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in '98.

Dutton not only has over 40 years of coaching experience, but he has deep roots at Cal, where he lettered as a player under Pappy Waldorf in 1953 and spent eight years as an assistant coach from 1964-71 under Ray Willsey.

Dutton has also spent considerable time coaching with Cal defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich, including stints in two different college programs. Dutton was defensive line coach for Boise State in 1981 during Setencich's first year as head coach there. After coaching in the USFL for two years under John Ralston with the Oakland Invaders and under Craig Morton with the Denver Gold, Dutton returned to Boise State to again coach the Broncos DL coach under Setencich. Dutton then moved with Setencich to Cal Poly SLO, when Setencich accepted the Mustangs head coaching job. Dutton served as Cal Poly's defensive coordinator and defensive line coach from 1987-92.

After considering early retirement and consulting with various teams on defensive line play, Dutton returned to the game in the NFL's World League where he spent four seasons as defensive line coach with the Scottish Claymores. His 1996 team won the World Bowl.

PLAYER: A two-year letterman at Cal, Dutton played on both the offensive and defensive lines, as well as at linebacker, earning All-Coast honorable mention honors following the 1953 season. A graduate of Alhambra High School, Dutton was a first team all-conference selection at Chaffey Junior College before transferring to Cal.

PERSONAL: Dutton, 69, was born Aug. 14, 1930, and received a bachelor's degree from Cal in 1954. He lives in Concord and has three children, Chris, Craig and Deanna.

Favorite Coaching Moment: 1996 World Bowl when the Scottish Claymores defeated the Frankfurt Galaxy for the NFL International title.
Favorite Book: Hawaii by James Michener
Favorite Movie: Braveheart
Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Pappy Waldorf, 2. Red Sanders, 3. Homer Beatty
Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Woodworking, reading

Dan Ferrigno

Wide Receivers/Special Teams
San Francisco St. '75
Fourth Year at Cal

COACHING: Bay Area native Dan Ferrigno will coach Cal's young receivers corps this season after spending his first three years at Cal in charge of the tight ends. He will continue to oversee Cal's special teams play.

The change of duties won't worry the energetic Ferrigno, who has worked with virtually every position on both sides of the football during his career. He came to Cal in 1996 after spending the previous nine years at Oregon State, where he served under two head coaches, Dave Kragthorpe and Jerry Pettibone. All nine of those years, he was in charge of the Beaver special teams. When Ferrigno arrived at OSU, he spent the first four seasons (1987-90) also coaching running backs, and in 1991, he served as secondary coach. He coached outside linebackers from '92-94 before moving back to the secondary in '95.

Prior to his stint at OSU, Ferrigno was an assistant at Western Michigan from 1982-86, coaching running backs and the offensive line. During his final two seasons, he was the Broncos offensive coordinator, doubling as quarterback coach in '86.

Ferrigno began his coaching career as an assistant at St. Ignatius HS in San Francisco ('75-77) and then took his first college job as San Francisco State's wide receiver and tight end coach under Vic Rowen in 1978. In 1979, he was receiver and tight end coach at the University of the Pacific. He spent the 1980 and '81 seasons as a graduate assistant at Cal under Roger Theder, working with tight ends the first season and then assisting with the offensive line.

PLAYER: Ferrigno still holds the San Francisco State career records for receptions, receiving yardage and TDs. He received honorable mention small college All-America honors in 1973 and '74 and signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos the following year. He also starred at Riordan HS where he earned All-Nor Cal honors and played in the North-South Shrine All-Star game.

PERSONAL: Ferrigno, 46, was born March 24, 1953 in San Francisco. He graduated from San Francisco State in 1975 and received a teaching credential from there in 1978. He was inducted into the SF State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. An avid jogger, he has completed a pair of marathons, with a best time of 3:18 in the 26-mile race. He has three children, Brendan, Meagan and Hannah.

Favorite Coaching Moment: While at Oregon State, beating Oregon in 1988 for the first time in 14 years.
Favorite Book: Trinity by Leon Uris
Favorite Movie: Ben Hur
Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Vic Rowen, 2. Gil Haskell, 3. Ron Lynn
Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Jogging

Ron Gould

Running Backs
Oregon '88
Third Year at Cal

COACHING: Ron Gould joined the Cal coaching staff in the spring 1997 after spending the previous four seasons as secondary coach at Boise State. His enthusiasm on the field and intensity on the recruiting trail have earned him a reputation as one of the finest young coaches in the game.

Gould enjoyed tremendous success during his time at Boise State, including a Division I-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 also helped develop Bronco cornerback Rashid Gayle, a two-time first team All-Big Sky selection and a 1994 All-America pick who went on to sign a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gould served all four seasons at Boise State under head coach Pokey Allen until Allen's death in December 1996. He then was the lone assistant coach retained by new Bronco coach Houston Nutt, before the opportunity at Cal arose in the spring of '97.

Gould 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 Allen in 1992, before moving with the coach to Boise State the following season.

PLAYER: Gould was a standout defensive back at Scottsdale Community College in 1984 and '85 before accepting a scholarship to Wichita State. He played there one season (1986) before the school dropped its football program. He then accepted a scholarship to Oregon, where he became an immediate starter in 1987. He was named the Ducks Player of the Game against Washington in '87. Gould signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams, but was released during training camp in 1988.

PERSONAL: Gould, 33, was born Sept. 15, 1965 in Tucson, Ariz., and prepped at Santa Rita HS. He received a bachelor's degree from Oregon in criminology and has done course work for his master's degree there as well. Gould and his wife, Cindi, live in Martinez with son, Tevin.

Favorite Coaching Moment: Coaching in the four NCAA playoff games in 1994
Favorite Book: The Winner Within by Pat Riley
Favorite Movie: Tombstone
Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Denny Schuler, 2. Rich Brooks, 3. Al Borges
Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Fishing, reading, racquetball

Lyle Setencich

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Fresno State '69
Third Year at Cal

COACHING: Arguably the top defensive coordinator in the Pacific-10, Lyle Setencich added additional administrative responsibilities during the off-season when he accepted the title of associate head coach under Tom Holmoe. The new title clearly defines his role as Holmoe's chief counsel on football matters.

His resurrection of the Cal defense in his first two seasons has been well chronicled, as the Bears have gone from 10th in the league in total defense the year before Setencich arrived, to eighth (80 yards fewer per game) his first year at the helm, to third last season. With seven starters back, Cal's defense could be even more dominant in 1999.

Setencich began his coaching career as an assistant at Mt. Diablo HS in Concord. He also served stints as head coach at both Albany HS and San Ramon HS before moving to the collegiate level as the defensive coordinator at Boise State in 1979.

In 1980, Boise State won the Division I-AA national championship and the following year, Setencich was named head coach. While serving in that capacity from 1983-86, the Broncos posted a 24-20 record. He moved back to California to take over the Cal Poly SLO program and served as its head coach for seven seasons, compiling a 41-29-2 record from 1987-93. He served as the University of the Pacific's defensive coordinator in 1994, helping the Tigers to a 6-5 record, the best mark at the school in 17 years.

After the year at UOP, Setencich joined Arizona State's staff as linebacker coach. Two of his linebackers earned honorable mention Pac-10 honors his first season there, but his influence was felt in a more dramatic fashion in '96. The Sun Devils made a major turnaround, ranking first in the Pac-10 in total defense (304.7 ypg). Considering ASU was last in total defense the previous season (426.6 ypg), the '96 performance was a dramatic improvement. All three of his ASU linebackers earned Pac-10 honors (Pat Tillman, Scott Von der Ahe and Derek Smith). Smith was drafted in the third round by the Washington Redskins, while Von der Ahe was a fifth round selection by the Indianapolis Colts.

PLAYER: Setencich was a two-year letterman at Fresno State from 1966-68 and played for Darryl Rogers.

PERSONAL: Setencich, 54, was born June 4, 1945 in Reedley, Calif. He graduated with a degree in biological sciences from Fresno State in 1969. He spent one year in the Army Medical Corps before beginning his coaching career. He and his wife, Kathy, have one son, Peter.

Favorite Coaching Moment: After a 7-yard run by our running back midway through my first season as head coach at Albany HS in 1973, realizing how much we had improved since the start of the year.
Favorite Book: The Source by James Michener
Favorite Movie: Jerry Maguire
Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Bill Dutton, 2. Al Baldock, 3. Ray Willsey
Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Fly-fishing

Al Simmons

Cal State Hayward '83
Second Year at Cal

COACHING: Al Simmons joined the Cal staff for 1998 after serving as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Idaho State the previous season.

A Bay Area native with a track record of helping defenses improve, Simmons attended Cal State Hayward and later served as defensive coordinator and secondary/linebacker coach there from 1986-93. In 1992, his defense finished No. 1 in the conference in scoring defense and No. 2 in total defense. In 1994, Simmons moved across the bay to accept the position of defensive coordinator and secondary coach at San Francisco State. During his tenure at SFSU, he helped the Gators place second in their conference in total defense, pass defense, turnovers created and scoring defense.

Simmons left the Bay Area in February 1995 to become the secondary coach at Montana State for two seasons. While he was there, Montana State finished second in the Big Sky Conference in pass efficiency defense in both 1995 and '96.

Simmons also brings two years of NFL experience with him to Cal. During the summer of 1996, Simmons was in the minority fellowship coaching program with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and was a participant in the same capacity with the Raiders in 1993. Before Cal hired him this past spring, he had a number of Pac-10 teams - most notably Washington State - pursue his coaching services.

PLAYER: Simmons was a two-time first team All-NorCal Conference selection as a strong safety at Cal State Hayward, where he played in 1982 and '83. Prior to attending Hayward, Simmons was a standout linebacker at Laney College, where he also was twice honored as a first team all-conference choice.

PERSONAL: Simmons, 35, was born Dec. 6, 1962. He graduated from Cal State Hayward with a degree in accounting 1987, and earned a master's of athletic administration from Hayward in 1991. He is single and resides in Oakland.

Favorite Coaching Moment: Beating the 10th-ranked team in the country last season while coaching at Idaho State
Favorite Book: The Winner Within by Pat Riley
Favorite Movie: Hoop Dreams
Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Jim Tierney, 2. Cliff Hysell, 3. Andre Patterson
Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Listening to music

Randy Stewart

Boise State '80
Third Year at Cal

COACHING: A large part of the defensive brain trust resides with secondary coach Randy Stewart, who enters his third season on the Golden Bear staff. His work in the development of Marquis Smith the last two years helped Smith emerge as one of the top players in the country and an eventual third round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns. Stewart has also had a huge impact on the recruiting front, as he was primarily responsible for the addition of Kyle Boller this past season.

An 18-year coaching veteran, Stewart has also coached linebackers, wide receivers and special teams during his career. Stewart joined the coaching ranks in 1980 at his alma mater, where he served as the Boise State special teams and secondary coach under Jim Criner for two seasons. In 1982, Stewart moved to the other side of the ball to coach the Bronco wide receivers. When Lyle Setencich was named head coach at Boise State in 1983, he retained Stewart as wide receiver and special teams coach. Stewart followed Setencich to Cal Poly SLO in 1987 and served as the Mustangs linebackers and special teams coach in 1987 and as the secondary and special teams coach from 1988-91.

In 1992, Stewart accepted an offer to join the Nevada staff, coaching the defensive backs for head coach Chris Ault. During his two years with the Wolf Pack, he had two players drafted by the NFL, with Forey Duckett and Brock Marion going in the 1993 draft. Stewart stayed at Nevada for the '93 season when Jeff Horton was elevated to the head coaching slot. He then moved the next season along with Horton, when Horton accepted the head coaching position at UNLV and Stewart spent the next three seasons (1994-96) as the Running Rebels secondary coach. There, he played a big role in helping the Rebels to their first bowl berth in 11 years when they captured the 1994 Big West title.

PLAYER: A two-time all-conference cornerback at Moorpark JC in California, Stewart earned a degree from Boise State in physical education. He started as a senior at Boise State, leading the team with six interceptions. He prepped at Camarillo HS.

PERSONAL: Stewart, 41, was born July 17, 1958 in Denver, Colo. He and his wife, Pati, live in Concord and have three children, Carly, Jason, and Taylor.

Favorite Coaching Moment: Winning NCAA championship game at Boise State in 1980
Favorite Book: Finding a Way to Win: The Principles of Leadership, Teamwork and Motivation by Bill Parcells
Favorite Movie: Jaws
Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Jim Criner, 2. Dave Campo, 3. Lyle Setencich
Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Basketball

Troy Taylor

Tight Ends / Recruiting Coordinator
California '89
Fourth Year at Cal

COACHING: One of the greatest quarterbacks in Cal history, Troy Taylor is now in his fourth season on the Golden Bears coaching staff. Taylor, who was originally brought on board by Steve Marriucci as wide receivers coach in 1996, worked with the Cal quarterbacks the last two seasons and now will tutor Cal's tight ends. In addition, he will oversee Cal's recruiting efforts from an organizational and strategic standpoint. Taylor will also work closely with offensive coordinator Steve Hagen in making play suggestions from the press box during games.

Taylor arrived at Cal after spending one season on Rick Neuheisel's staff at Colorado, helping the Buffaloes to a 10-2 record and a Cotton Bowl victory in 1995. He worked primarily with the Colorado wide receivers.

In 1994, Taylor served as offensive coordinator at Casa Roble HS in Sacramento, helping the team go from last to first in passing offense in its CIF section.

PLAYER: Taylor earned 1985 Northern California Prep Player of the Year honors at Rancho Cordova HS in Sacramento, setting a Nor Cal single-season total offense record of 3,639 yards before coming to Cal in 1986. Midway through that first season, he became the Golden Bear starting quarterback. Taylor went on to set 17 school passing records, all of which remained intact for 10 years. Included in that group are passing yardage (8,126), total offense (8,236) and touchdown passes (51). Taylor was a fourth round draft choice of the New York Jets and spent the 1990 and '91 seasons there as Ken O'Brien's back-up. He then spent part of the '92 season with the Miami Dolphins.

PERSONAL: Taylor, 31, was born April 5, 1968 in Downey, Calif. He lists reading among his hobbies. He and wife, Tracey, reside in Richmond.

Favorite Coaching Moment: Being hired at Cal
Favorite Books: The Road Less Traveled and The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Favorite Movie: When Harry Met Sally
Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Steve Mariucci, 2. Rick Neuheisel, 2. Karl Dorrell
Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Reading

Ed White

Offensive Line
California '68
First Year at Cal

COACHING: One of the most significant moves of the off-season was the hiring of Ed White as offensive line coach in January. Even given his Cal roots as an All-American at the school in the late 1960s, it was a huge coup to lure the highly accomplished coach back from the NFL. A master technician while an All-Pro player during a 17-year NFL career, he has been equally adept as a teacher during the past 11 years. He is universally considered as one of the finest offensive line coaches on any level of the game.

White has both college and pro experience as he spent seven seasons in the NFL, working with the San Diego Chargers from 1986-87 and 1989-91, the Los Angeles Rams in 1988 and last season with the St. Louis Rams. He also spent four seasons as the offensive line coach of San Diego State under Ted Tollner from 1994 to '97.

While with the Aztecs, he developed several lightly recruited players into accomplished collegians, including NFL first round draft choice Kyle Turley with the New Orleans Saints, and Ephraim Salaam with the Atlanta Falcons. Both were rookie starters in the NFL.

PLAYER: One of the finest offensive linemen to ever play the game, White originally was a defensive tackle at Cal where he was a consensus All-American in 1968. After moving to the offensive line as a pro, he earned four Pro Bowl berths (1975, '76, '77 and '79) and played in four Super Bowls. He was with the Minnesota Vikings from 1969-77 and ended his career with the San Diego Chargers from 1977-85. He ended his career having played in 241 pro games, the 11th highest total in NFL history. He is being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this December and is a member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame.

PERSONAL: White, 52, was born April 4, 1947 in San Diego. After attending Indio HS, he graduated from Cal in 1968 with a degree in landscape architecture. In addition to his coaching talents, White is regarded as an accomplished sculptor and painter. He and his wife, Joan (pronounced Jo-anne), have two children, Timmy and Randy.

Favorite Coaching Moment: Looking up into the stands and seeing my daughter's silhouette.
Favorite Book: Shike by James Clavell
Favorite Movie: The Pink Panther
Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Don Coryell, 2. Bud Grant, 2. Dave Levy, 4. Jim Hanifan
Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Water Coloring (painting)

Stay tuned!! Tomorrow, the profiles of the incoming recruits will be released.