MEMBER SIGN IN
Don't have an account? Click Here
Teg Agu News Graphic
 


Print  
Position:

2011 Game Program Feature


Jim Michalczik spent nine seasons over two stints on the Cal coaching staff from 2002-08 and 2011-12, spending his first seven campaigns with the Golden Bears as the offensive line coach and his final two as the team's offensive coordinator in addition to his offensive line duties. Michalczik has a combined 23 campaigns of experience in the collegiate and professional coaching ranks, including a total of eight winning seasons and seven bowls with the Bears.

The play of Cal's offensive line under Michalczik's direction from 2002-08 and again in 2011 and 2012 was a key factor to the Bears posting a 69-45 (.605) record during the nine-year period. Cal produced bowl teams in each of seven of those nine season (2003-08, '11) and bowl victories five times (2003, `05-08). The 2004 and 2006 squads both tied the single-season school record with 10 victories, with the latter sharing the regular-season Pac-10 title.

The Bears put a lot of points on the scoreboard with Michalczik as their offensive line coach, ranking among the nation's top 30 in scoring offense in six of his nine seasons in Berkeley. Cal also averaged at least 30.0 points per game six times during the period, including a 36.8 scoring mark in 2004 that ranked second in the Pac-10 and seventh nationally as well as a single-season school-record 457 total points over a 14-game schedule in 2003.

Cal also had a balanced attack that has chewed up yardage both in the air and on the ground during Michalczik's time at Cal, averaging at least 350.0 yards per game of total offense in all nine of Michalczik's seasons, including a school-record 492.4 yards per contest in 2004 as part of a five-year run from 2003-07 when the Bears averaged at least 400.0 yards per game every season.

His 2012 squad that averaged 391.25 yards of total offense per game featured a trio of rushers in C.J. Anderson (790), Isi Sofele (757) and Brendan Bigelow (431) that combined for 1,978 rushing yards. Throw in Daniel Lasco's 109 yards and the team's top four rushers broke the 2,000-yard mark as the Bears averaged 183.0 yards rushing per game to rank fifth in the Pac-12 and 43rd nationally. Two of Cal's top three receivers in 2012 were true freshman in Chris Harper (41 receptions, 544 yards, 2 TD) and Bryce Treggs (21 receptions, 216 yards, 1 TD), while fellow true freshman Darius Powe (12 receptions, 134 yards) also saw significant action. The trio learned from the school's all-time receptions leader Keenan Allen, who reached career totals of 205 receptions, 2,570 receiving yards (No. 3 all-time at Cal) and 17 touchdown receptions (No. 7 all-time at Cal) before an injury late in the game at Utah caused him to miss the final three contests of his career before announcing his intention on December 5 to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. Allen finished the 2012 campaign with team highs of 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and six touchdown catches to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors. Brian Schwenke anchored the team's offensive line, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors in his first season as the team's center.

The Bears showed tremendous improvement during the first season of Michalczik's first stint at Cal, improving in nearly every facet offensively. Cal went from 334.00 yards per game and a No. 90 national ranking in 2010 the season before Michalczik came back to 401.46 yards per game and a No. 44 national showing in 2011, sparked by a passing game that moved up 48 spots nationally from No. 94 (175.08 ypg) to No. 46 (246.62 ypg). Cal moved also moved up 20 positions nationally to No. 53 in scoring, improving from 25.8 points per game the previous season to 28.3. Allen (98 receptions, 1,343 receiving yards) put up a pair of numbers that were the second-highest single-season totals in school history and earned him first-team All-Pac-12 recognition, while Zach Maynard (2,990 yards passing) posted the third-highest passing yardage total in school history and Isi Sofele (1,322 yards rushing) had the sixth-highest single-season rushing total ever at Cal. Much of the offensive production was fueled by the play of second-round NFL Draft pick and first-team All-Pac-12 offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, who had come to Cal in 2007 and first played for Michalczik as a redshirt freshman the following year.

Cal's rushing attack that produced 1,000-yard rushers in eight of Michalczik's nine seasons and each of the first eight was a key factor in the success of the offense during his tenure. In 2004, J.J. Arrington set a single-season school record with 2,018 rushing yards and ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game (168.17 ypg), with Michalczik's offensive line clearing the way. Arrington was also the eighth-leading vote-getter in the Heisman Trophy race that year. The Bears were ranked in the top 10 nationally in rushing offense in both 2004 (256.75 ypg, 6th) and 2005 (235.25 ypg, 9th), while leading the Pac-10 in both 2003 (168.29 ypg) and 2004.

Cal's offensive line also had a great deal of success protecting the quarterback under Michalczik, including a pair of back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007 when the Bears allowed only a combined 24 sacks in 26 games - fewest in the Pac-10 and third-best in the nation during that period. The protection helped Cal quarterbacks produce five of the six highest single-season TD passing totals in school history over his nine campaigns. The Bears averaged at least 240.00 yards per game in passing five times during those nine seasons, including an average of 264.64 yards per game in 2003 that is the fourth-best in school history and a 246.62 average in 2011 that was their best in five years.

Michalczik was instrumental in the development of two-time first-team All-American and three-time first-team All-Pac-10 center Alex Mack, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (21st pick overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and has started all 61 games possible in his first four NFL seasons (2009-12) heading into his final three regular-season games of 2012. Mack, who was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time following his 2010 NFL campaign, was a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 choice, two-time finalist for the Rimington Trophy awarded to the nation's top center, and two-time Morris Trophy winner on the offensive side of the ball. The latter honor is annually awarded to the top offensive and defensive linemen in the Pac-10/12. In 2008, Mack also won the Draddy Trophy (often referred to as the Academic Heisman). The award has since been renamed the William V. Campbell Trophy.

There have been other significant success stories on the offensive line under Michalczik, with a total of 10 first-team All-Pac-10/12 selections during his nine seasons at Cal. Brian Schwenke's selection in 2012 is the most recent addition to this list. Schwartz, who was selected in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by Cleveland, was selected in 2011. In addition to Mack's three consecutive selections (2006, 2007, 2008), Mark Wilson (2003), Ryan O'Callaghan (2004, 2005) and Marvin Philip (2004, 2005) were also first-team choices. In addition, O'Callaghan was a Morris Trophy winner as a senior in 2005 while Philip was a two-time finalist for the Rimington Trophy in 2004 and 2005. All told, Cal offensive linemen earned 25 a combined first-team, second-team or honorable mention All-Pac-10/12 selections under Michalczik, including all five starters in 2004.

Current NFL players Mack and Schwartz of the Browns, along with current NFL player Brian De La Puente (New Orleans Saints), are among the 12 former Cal offensive linemen that played for Michalczik to be signed by NFL teams. Others that have spent time on NFL rosters include Justin Cheadle, Mike Gibson, O'Callaghan, Aaron Merz, Philip, Erik Robertson, Mike Tepper, Scott Tercero and Wilson.

During his most recent position not at Cal, Michalczik played a key role in the Oakland turnaround in 2010, as the Raiders went undefeated in the AFC West. The Oakland offense ranked second in the NFL in rushing (155.9 ypg), sixth in scoring (25.6 ppg) and 10th in total offense (354.6 ypg). Tackle Jared Veldheer was chosen to several All-Rookie teams. Michalczik also coached at Oakland during the 2009 campaign.

Prior to joining Cal in 2002, Michalczik spent three seasons at Oregon State coaching the tight ends, while also serving as special teams coordinator and an assistant coach on the offensive line. The Beavers posted their first winning season in 29 years in his first campaign in Corvallis in 1999. The following season Oregon State earned a final No. 4 national ranking after going 11-1 and tying for the Pac-10 title.

Michalczik was also the offensive line coach for seven seasons at Montana State from 1992-98 after beginning his coaching career with two campaigns (1990-91) as a defensive line coach at Miami, Fla. The Hurricanes won the 1991 national title after posting an unbeaten 12-0 season. In 1990, Miami was ranked fourth nationally and finished with a 9-2 mark.

After a standout prep career at Port Angeles High School, Michalczik earned three letters as an offensive guard at Washington State. He was an honorable mention All-American selection by Sporting News as a senior in 1988. Michalczik earned a bachelor's degree in education from Washington State in 1988 and signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals the following year.

The native of Port Angeles, Wash. and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Max and Chase.

JIM MICHALCZIK
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
9th Season at Cal

COACHING HISTORY
Year(s)SchoolPosition
2011-12CalOffensive Coordinator/
Offensive Line
2009-10Oakland RaidersOffensive Line
2002-08CalAssistant Head Coach/
Offensive Line
1999-2001Oregon StateSpecial Teams Coord./TE's/
Asst. Offensive Line
1992-98Montana StateOffensive Line
1990-91Miami, Fla.Defensive Line

THE MICHALCZIK FILE
Birthdate: June 7, 1966
Hometown: Port Angeles, WA
High School: Port Angeles HS
College: Washington State 1988
Bachelor's in Education
Family: wife, Jennifer
sons, Max and Chase
Pronunciation:
muh-hall-CHECK

BOWL GAMES (12)
Year*BowlSchool
2011HolidayCal
2008EmeraldCal
2007Armed ForcesCal
2006HolidayCal
2005Las VegasCal
2004HolidayCal
2003InsightCal
2000FiestaOregon State
1999OahuOregon State
1992OrangeMiami, Fla.
1991CottonMiami, Fla.
1988+AlohaWashington State
*Season in which bowl was played
+ Played in Bowl Game

PROMINENT PUPILS
Player (Team when coached)
• Justin Cheadle (Cal) - Joined Kansas City in April of 2012 after a solid collegiate career at Cal that included 47 games played and 35 starts ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors and was named the team's Most Improved Lineman for the second time in his career when Michalczik returned to coach at Cal in 2011.
• Brian De La Puente (Cal) - Had a breakout NFL season in 2011 and became the starting center at New Orleans after having been on rosters from 2008-10 with San Francisco, Carolina and Seattle, including twice each with the 49ers and Seahawks, without getting into a regular season game ... a three-year letterwinner at Cal from 2005-07 who earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a senior when he started 12 of 13 games ... was a major contributor to Cal's 2006 and 2007 offensive lines that allowed only a combined 24 sacks in 26 games - fewest in the Pac-10 and third-best in the nation during that period.
• Tim Euhus (Oregon State) - Played four seasons in the NFL with Buffalo (2004-05), Pittsburgh (2006) and Arizona (2007) after being selected by the Bills in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft ... a first-team All-Pac-10 choice as a senior at Oregon State in 2003, where the tight end posted 98 receptions for a then tight end school record of 1,346 receiving yards with the first two seasons under Michalczik.
• Robert Gallery (Oakland Raiders) - One of the top offensive lineman for Oakland during Michalczik's two-year stint as the team's offensive line coach (2009-10) before playing for Seattle in 2011 and now a member of the New England Patriots ... has played in 104 games and made 103 starts in his first eight seasons in the NFL (2004-11) after being taken second overall by Oakland in the 2004 NFL Draft.
• Mike Gibson (Cal) - Played for Seattle for three NFL seasons (2009-11) before going back to his current team Philadelphia, who was also the squad that drafted him out of Cal in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft ... started a combined 23 games during the 2006 and 2007 seasons at Cal for an offensive line that allowed only a combined 24 sacks in 26 games - fewest in the Pac-10 and third-best in the nation during that period ... earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a 2006 junior and honorable mention all-conference recognition the following season as a senior.
• Alex Mack (Cal) - Has started all 48 games possible in his first three seasons with Cleveland and was selected for the 2011 Pro Bowl following his performance during the 2010 campaign ... drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft with the 21st pick overall by the Browns ... a member of the Sporting News All-Decade team as the best center at his position in college football in the first decade of the 21st century ... earned the prestigious National Football Foundation Draddy Trophy (since renamed William V. Campbell Trophy) given to college football's top scholar-athlete and often dubbed the Academic Heisman as a senior at Cal in 2008 ... two-time collegiate All-American, two-time winner of the Morris Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the Pac-10, and three-time all-conference player.
• Aaron Merz (Cal) - Selected in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft by Buffalo ... a four-year letterwinner at Cal (2002-05) who began his career as a walk-on before earning a scholarship after the 2003 campaign.
• Ryan O'Callaghan (Cal) - An NFL veteran and current free agent who played in 51 games with 20 starts for New England and Kansas City from 2006-10 ... 2005 Morris Trophy winner as the top offensive lineman in the Pac-10 and a two-time All-Pac-10 choice in his final two seasons of a career at Cal in which he was a four-year letterwinner (2002-05).
• Marvin Philip (Cal) - On NFL rosters with Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore, New Orleans and Buffalo from 2006-09 ... an All-American as a junior in 2004 at Cal, while earning first-team All-Pac-10 selections and Rimington Trophy finalist honors in both 2004 and 2005.
• Erik Robertson (Cal) - Spent two seasons on NFL rosters in San Diego and Seattle in 2007 and 2008 ... has played since 2009 in the United Football League with the New York Sentinels and Sacramento Mountain Lions ... a three-year letterwinner at Cal (2004-06) who earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a senior in 2006 when Cal allowed only 13 and had a per-game average of 1.00 that ranked tied for third nationally.
• Mitchell Schwartz (Cal) - Selected in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by Cleveland, which is the highest a Cal lineman had been selected in the NFL Draft since the Browns picked Alex Mack No. 21 overall in the first round in 2008 ... started all 51 games possible during four seasons at Cal (2008-11), earning first All-Pac-12 honors as a senior after being a second-team choice as a junior and picking up honorable mention recognition during his sophomore campaign.
• Mike Tepper (Cal) - Saw his first NFL action with Indianapolis in 2011 after having previously been on the Dallas roster ... a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a sixth-year senior in 2009 after twice recovering from serious injuries that granted him a sixth year of collegiate eligibility.
• Scott Tercero (Cal) - Spent the 2004 NFL season with St. Louis ... a four-year letterwinner at Cal (1999-2002) who was a member of Michalczik's first squad at Cal.
• Jared Veldheer (Oakland Raiders) - Became a starter on the Oakland offensive line in his first NFL season in 2010 under Michalczik's guidance after being selected in the third round (No. 69 overall) out of Division II Hillsdale in the 2010 NFL Draft.
• Mark Wilson (Cal) - On NFL rosters with Oakland and Washington from 2004-09 ... first-team All-Pac-10 as a senior at Cal in 2003 in the final of his four seasons as a letterwinner at Cal.

LAST UPDATED: December 12, 2012

Cal Bears Football


advertisement
Listen to Cal Games live online
Playing for the Future
Cal Athletics Dress Your Pet Contest
Premium Tickets
http://www.calbearsshop.com/
swim caps
CAL ATHLETICS E-MAIL SIGN-UP