Pierre Ingram spent two seasons as the running backs coach at Cal from 2013-14 and was the team’s pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach during the spring of 2015. Ingram also had the title of run game coordinator in 2014 and was the team’s recruiting coordinator in 2014 and the spring of 2015.
Ingram spent one season as Cal’s run game coordinator in 2014 when the team's rushing attack featured the emergence of Daniel Lasco, who became the Golden Bears’ first rusher to gain over 1,000 yards since Isi Sofele in 2011 by totaling 1,115 rushing yards on 210 carries, while adding 14 total touchdowns including 12 on the ground that ranked ninth on Cal’s all-time single-season list. Cal improved 23 spots from the previous season in rushing offense to No. 84 in Ingram’s second season working with the running backs and his first campaign as run game coordinator. Cal totaled 2,092 rushing yards with an average of 149.2 per game as Khalfani Muhammad (215), backup quarterback Luke Rubenzer (207), and true freshmen Vic Enwere (193) and Tre Watson (94) came up with the majority of the remaining total.
Cal’s rushing attack was part of an offense that ranked in the top 25 nationally in seven categories in 2014 including passing offense (6th, 346.0 ypg), scoring offense (10th, 38.3 ppg), total offense (13th, 495.2 ypg), fourth-down conversion percentage (14th, 67.9%, 19-28), first downs offense (19th, 319), third-down conversions (23rd, 46.1%) and team passing efficiency (24th, 145.77).
Cal also set or equaled nine single-season school or modern-era records on the offensive side of the ball in 2014. The Bears established season records for passing yards (4152), passing touchdowns (37), total yards per game (495.2 ypg) and first downs passing (188). Cal set modern-era school records for points (459), scoring average (38.2 ppg) and touchdowns (61) that were second all-time behind the 1920 team (510 points, 56.7 ppg, 72 touchdowns), while tying modern-era records for PAT (56) and PAT attempts (57).
Cal was able to achieve all of this in 2014 while playing 42 newcomers including 23 freshmen and 11 true freshmen. The Bears also used 19 other players for the first time in their Cal career. The Bears players that accounted for over 80 percent of its offensive productive in the following categories in 2014 with collegiate eligibility remaining in 2015 – passing (99.7%), total offense (99.3%), rushing (98.4%), all-purpose (89.7%), touchdowns (88.5%) and receiving (84.6%).
Ingram’s 2013 group made significant improvements over its final five games in his first campaign at Cal, adding 37.8 yards per game to its totals from the first seven contests. Ingram’s running backs helped Cal record 5,443 yards of total offense for the fourth the fourth-highest total in school history and an average of 453.6 yards per game to rank fifth.
Prior to his arrival in Berkeley, Ingram served as the running backs coach for Dykes at Louisiana Tech when he was the Bulldogs’ head coach from 2010-12, including a final campaign in Ruston in which Louisiana Tech posted a 9-3 record and led the nation in scoring offense and total offense by averaging 51.50 points and 577.92 yards of total offense per game.
Ingram, who was named the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Recruiter of the Year by ESPN.com coached running Kenneth Dixon, who was tabbed the WAC Freshman of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors after breaking Marshall Faulk’s NCAA freshman records for rushing touchdowns (27), total touchdowns (28) and points (168). Dixon led the country in scoring with an average of 14.00 points per game while totaling 1,194 yards on 200 carries. He was also second in the WAC and 33rd nationally in rushing with an average of 106.42 yards per game. Capital One Academic All-America® first teamer Ray Holley, a graduate student pursing a degree in counseling with a 3.50 GPA, added 740 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground over 142 rushes.
In addition to leading the country in scoring offense and total offense with an offense that posted the fifth-highest per-game scoring average ever by a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Louisiana Tech was among the NCAA’s top 20 in 2012 in passing offense (3rd, 350.75 ypg), fewest sacks allowed (7th, 0.83 spg), turnover margin (10th, +1.08 per game) and rushing offense (18th, 227.17 ypg). The Bulldogs scored more than 40 points in 11 of 12 games and over 50 points on eight occasions.
In his second season guiding the Louisiana Tech running backs in 2011, Ingram witnessed an unlikely story unfold as walk-on Hunter Lee, who did not receive a single FBS scholarship offer, stepped up amid injuries and ran for 650 yards on 135 attempts as a true freshman. The ground game churned out 1,901 yards for an offense that averaged 394.62 yards per game as the team won its final seven regular-season contests on its way to a WAC championship and berth in the Poinsettia Bowl.
In his first season at Tech in 2010, Ingram guided Lennon Creer’s 1,181-yard rushing campaign that included a 252-yard effort against San Jose State – the seventh-most rushing yards in a single game in Tech history – among five 100-yard rushing performances over his last seven contests. One of the 100-yard contests was a 149-yard rushing effort at No. 2 Boise State, more yards than 12 of Boise’s 13 opponents recorded against the Broncos as a team during 2010.
Ingram joined the Bulldogs after winning the 2009 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national championship at Villanova, where he coached the tight ends as an offensive assistant.
Prior to his championship campaign at Villanova, Ingram served as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M-Commerce during the spring of 2009 and prior to that was the assistant wide receivers coach at Cortland State for two campaigns, where he helped the team to a combined 20-5 mark. The 2007 squad captured the ECAC Division III Northeast Bowl, while the 2008 team reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinal round for the first time in school history. Zacc Guaragno posted 1,053 receiving yards under Ingram in 2008 to become the second wide receiver in school history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season.
Ingram is a 2006 graduate of Middle Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, where he was a four-year letterwinner in football as a wide receiver and garnered the team’s Most Dependable Receiver Award in his final season as a senior in 2006 when the Blue Raiders played in the Motor City Bowl. He is currently pursuing a master’s of science degree in sport management from Cortland State.
Ingram is married to the former Dani Maye and the couple has two children, Berkley and Zane.
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