|Position:||Associate Head Coach/Running Backs|
|Hometown:||New Orleans, LA|
|High School:||Brother Martin HS|
|Alma Mater:||Tulane (1992)|
Garrett Chachere is in his fourth season at Cal in 2016 and coach his first as the team’s running backs coach after spending the last three campaigns on the defensive staff. Chachere worked for two seasons as the team’s linebackers coach in 2014 and 2015 after working with the defensive ends in his debut season with the Golden Bears in 2013. Chachere has coached several positions on both sides of the ball during his 24 seasons as a collegiate coach.
“These moves will strengthen our coaching staff,” Dykes said when he announced Chachere's move to running backs and defensive coordinator Art Kaufman adding responsibilities coaching the linebackers on February 11, 2016. “Garret is an outstanding teacher who will do a fantastic job as our running backs coach. He has a tremendous amount of expertise with this offense from his time on the coaching staff at Arizona and that was critical to us being able to make these moves. Garret is quite comfortable with this offense. He speaks the same language as the rest of the staff, and I am extremely confident that he will fit right in and be on the same page with Jake Spavital and all of our coaches on the offensive side of the ball.”
“This also gives Art the opportunity to work directly with a position group that he has coached successfully for most of his career,” Dykes added.
Chachere, who was promoted to Cal’s associate head coach in 2015, spent three seasons on the offensive side of the ball at Arizona from 2009-11 and tutored the running backs in his final season in Tucson when one of his pupils was Ka’Deem Carey, who evolved into a two-time consensus first-team All-American rushing for a combined 3,814 yards over his final two collegiate seasons. Carey was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in his final campaign in 2013 after a strong freshman season the previous year under Chachere’s tutelage. Chachere was the wide receivers coach during his first two seasons with the Wildcats on a staff with Dykes as the offensive coordinator in his first campaign. The Wildcats played in bowl games each of those two seasons at the Holiday Bowl and Alamo Bowl. Arizona was the nation’s ninth-ranked passing offense in 2010 (307.69 ypg).
“This was an excellent opportunity to make a move back to the offensive side of the ball,” Chachere said. “I love Cal and am excited to be part of a coaching staff that has helped turn this program around. I really enjoyed coaching this offense at Arizona and gained a firm grasp of it during my time there. With the familiarity I have with this offense my learning curve will be short. I’ll also be able to add an interesting and different perspective to coaching the position because of my experience working on the defensive side of the ball especially the last three seasons at Cal with many opportunities to go up against this offense. I know first-hand what the defense is trying to accomplish.”
Cal's linebackers under Chachere played a significant role in the team's defensive improvement in 2015 with the Bears one of the nation's top teams in categories related to caused turnovers all season. Cal is tied for 21st in the nation in defensive touchdowns (3), tied 22nd in turnovers gained (24), tied for 27th in interceptions (14) and tied for 28th in fumbles recovered (10). Cal ranks tied for second in the Pac-12 in fumbles recovered, third in turnovers gained, and tied for third in defensive touchdowns and interceptions. All of those numbers are improvements from 2014.
The Bears also went from allowing 39.8 points per game to rank 120th nationally in 2014 to its current 30.3 points per game allowed and a ranking of tied for 88th in 2015. Cal has also put up significantly better numbers than a season ago in sacks (2015 – 2.25; 2014 – 1.33 spg), team passing efficiency defense (2015 – 134.51; 2014 – 154.54), tackles for loss (2015 – 5.3; 2014 – 4.6) and total defense (2015 – 455.3; 2014 – 511.8).
Hardy Nickerson was an honrable mention All-Pac-12 selection for the first time in his career playing for Chachere in 2015 and a huge part of the team's defensive improvement. Nickerson has recorded a career-high 101 tackles to become the first Cal player to record 100 or more stops in a single-season since Mychal Kendricks registered 107 in 2011. He was one of only three Pac-12 players to record 100 or more tackles during the 2015 regular season and ranks fourth in the league with an average of 8.4 stops per contest.
Chachere coached three of the team’s four top tacklers in 2014 in sophomores Michael Barton (80) and Nickerson (69), as well as junior Jalen Jefferson (58) that were major factors in the team’s one-year improvement of 48 spots and 44 yards per game in rush defense to No. 38 nationally (144.6 ypg). Barton and Nickerson recorded new career bests in tackles in 2014 that Nickerson would break in 2015 while Jefferson was just shy of the 64 stops he picked up as a 2013 sophomore.
Although linebacker is the position Chachere has the most experience coaching, it is only one of six different positions he has coached for teams that have reached postseason play.
Before he took over Cal’s linebackers in 2014, Chachere worked with a group of defensive ends in his first season at Cal in 2013 that came into the campaign lacking a single start at the position at the collegiate level and helped develop the likes of 2015 seniors Todd Barr, Kyle Kragen and Puka Lopa, all of which have made significant contributions during their Cal careers with Kragen having a breakthough campaign as a 2015 senior.
Prior to his arrival at Cal in 2013, Chachere spent one season as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Southern Miss (2012) following three previous campaigns at Arizona (2009-11). Chachere was the wide receivers coach during his first two seasons with the Wildcats on a staff with Dykes as the offensive coordinator. The Wildcats played in bowl games each of those two seasons at the Holiday Bowl and Alamo Bowl. Arizona was the nation’s ninth-ranked passing offense in 2010 (307.69 ypg) with David Douglas catching 52 passes for 515 yards and five touchdowns, while fellow receiver David Roberts contributed 44 catches for 487 yards. After Dykes left to become the head coach at Louisiana Tech, Chachere stayed at Arizona for one more season and tutored the running backs when the Wildcats had the 16th-ranked team nationally in total offense (465.25 ypg). One of his pupils was Ka’Deem Carey, who evolved into a two-time consensus first-team All-American rushing for a combined 3,814 yards over his final two collegiate seasons and was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in his final campaign in 2013 after a strong freshman season the previous year under Chachere’s tutelage. Carey would later become a fourth-round pick of his current NFL team the Chicago Bears in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Prior to his arrival in Tucson, Chachere spent two seasons as the special teams coordinator at Memphis (2007-08), with the Tigers advancing to play in the New Orleans Bowl in 2007 and the St. Petersburg Bowl in 2008.
In 2008, Chachere helped the Tigers rank 22nd nationally in punt return defense (5.68 ypp), while also being listed among the national leaders in net punting (38th, 36.30 ypg) and kickoff return defense (42nd, 20.01 ypg). Placekicker Matt Reagan was 8-of-11 on field goals and also converted 31-of-32 extra points to lead the Tigers in scoring (55 points) for the second consecutive season. Reagan earned two Conference USA Player of the Week honors.
Memphis returner Michael Grandberry set nearly every school kick return record in 2007, including single-game yardage (168 vs. Southern Miss), single-season returns (59), single-season yardage (1,286) and career 100-yard return games (8). He also set the Tigers’ all-time records for combined kickoff and punt returns (112) and yardage (2,401).
Chachere spent eight seasons at his alma mater Tulane from 1999-2006, where he coached the Green Wave linebackers throughout his tenure and was also the team’s punt return coordinator for his first five seasons. In 2002, the Green Wave defeated host Hawai’i in the Hawai’i Bowl.
During his stint at Tulane, Chachere helped develop linebacker Anthony Cannon, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Cannon earned first-team All-Conference USA honors in 2005 and logged four straight 100-tackle seasons en route to ranking third all-time in Conference USA in tackles at the end of his collegiate career.
Chachere also recruited current Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forté to Tulane. Forté was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and recorded rushing seasons of over 1,000 yards in five of his first seven NFL campaigns while playing in the NFL’s Pro Bowl following the league’s 2011 and 2013 seasons.
Chachere was also a member of the 2005 Tulane coaching staff that endured Hurricane Katrina, providing leadership throughout the team’s evacuation from the New Orleans area and return to campus facilities.
In 2002, Tulane’s defense led the nation in turnovers gained (43) and Chachere was also the punt return coordinator for a group that finished second nationally in punt returns (17.29 ypr). Lynaris Elpheage earned first-team All-Conference USA honors as punt returner, ranking fifth nationally in punt returns with a 16.5 yard average.
Prior to his eight-season run at Tulane, Chachere spent the 1998 campaign at Northeast Louisiana, where he was the tight ends coach and also worked on the same staff as Dykes.
Chachere was at Nicholls State as the linebackers coach from 1995-97, with the Colonels earning a spot in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1996 when they posted an 8-4 overall record after being winless the previous season to mark the biggest turnaround in Division I history at the time. One of his top players at the school was Darnell Small, who would go on to play in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League.
Chachere began his coaching career in 1992 at Cheyney (defensive backs/running backs), followed by subsequent one-season stops in 1993 at Bloomsburg (defensive backs) and 1994 at Bucknell (defensive backs/special teams coordinator) prior to his three seasons at Nicholls State.
Chachere has been active throughout his coaching career with the American Football Coaches Association. He served as the organization’s program committee chairman at the 2007 AFCA National Convention, while providing his expertise on linebacker play by speaking at the 2008 convention and publishing several articles on the subject in the AFCA coaches handbook.
A native of New Orleans, La., Chachere played two seasons of college football in his hometown at Tulane in 1987 and 1988, and was a member of the Green Wave’s 1987 Independence Bowl team under then-head coach Mack Brown. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Tulane in 1992.
Chachere prepped in New Orleans at Brother Martin High School, where he was his team’s MVP and a captain as a senior in 1986. He earned the New Orleans Sports Foundation Leadership Award in his final prep campaign. Chachere is married to the former Lauren
Duplessis and they have three sons – Grant, Noah and Jackson.
Garrett Chachere File
Birthdate: March 17, 1969
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
High School: Brother Martin HS
College: Tulane, 1992, Bachelor's in Communications
Family: Wife, Lauren; Sons, Grant, Noah and Jackson
Collegiate Coaching History
Season: School – Position
1992: Cheney – Defensive Backs/Running Backs
1993: Bloomsburg – Defensive Backs
1994: Bucknell – Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator
1995: Nicholls State – Linebackers
1996: Nicholls State – Linebackers
1997: Nicholls State – Linebackers
1998: Northeast Louisiana – Tight Ends
1999: Tulane – Linebackers/Punt Return Coordinator
2000: Tulane – Linebackers/Punt Return Coordinator
2001: Tulane – Linebackers/Punt Return Coordinator
2002: Tulane – Linebackers/Punt Return Coordinator
2003: Tulane – Linebackers/Punt Return Coordinator
2004: Tulane – Linebackers
2005: Tulane – Linebackers
2006: Tulane – Linebackers
2007: Memphis – Special Teams Coordinator
2008: Memphis – Special Teams Coordinator
2009: Arizona – Wide Receivers
2010: Arizona – Wide Receivers
2011: Arizona – Running Backs
2012: Southern Miss – Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
2013: Cal – Defensive Ends
2014: Cal – Linebackers
2015: Cal – Associate Head Coach/Linebackers
2016: Cal – Associate Head Coach/Running Backs
Bowl (6 Games)/NCAA Playoffs (1 Game) History
*Season: School – Bowl
1996: Nicholls State – NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs First Round
2002: Tulane – Hawaii Bowl
2007: Memphis – New Orleans Bowl
2008: Memphis – St. Petersburg Bowl
2009: Arizona – Holiday Bowl
2010: Arizona – Alamo Bowl
2015: Cal – Armed Forces Bowl
*Season in which bowl game was played
February 11, 2016