Associate head coach Ron Gould spent 16 seasons at Cal from 1997-2012, starting with 11 campaigns as the running backs coach (1997-2007) before being promoted to an associate head coach role in 2008 and adding the title run game coordinator for his final two seasons in 2011 and 2012.
There are many household NFL names that are former Cal running backs with a total of 10 having played in the league, with second-round 2011 NFL Draft selection Shane Vereen the most recent to enter the league. Jahvid Best was a first-round choice (No. 30 overall) of the Detroit Lions in 2010. Others running backs he coached throughout his Cal career that moved on to the NFL included J.J. Arrington, Adimchinobe Echemandu, Justin Forsett, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Manderino, Tarik Smith, Byron Storer and Will Ta'ufo'ou.
Cal was known for a two-tailback system throughout Gould's tenure, with the Bears' top two rushers combining for at least 1,500 yards in each of his final 10 campaigns. The Golden Bears also produced a 1,000-yard rusher nine times in his final 11 seasons.
His 2012 squad 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.
Gould's final 1,000-yard rusher came in 2011 when Isi Sofele surpassed the mark with 1,322 rushing yards for the sixth-highest single-season total in school history, while ranking fifth in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally with an average of 101.69 rushing yards per contest. Sofele and Anderson (345) combined for 1,667 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground.
In a 2010 season during which Vereen rushed for a career-high 1,167 yards, Gould was a candidate for the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
Cal did not have a 1,000-yard rusher was in 2009 but still had a strong campaign running the football. Vereen (952 rushing yards, 12 TDs) and Best (867 rushing yards, 12 TDs) carried the ball for a combined 1,819 yards and 24 touchdowns. Best was well on his way to his second consecutive 1,000-yard campaign before suffering a season-ending injury 133 yards shy of the mark with four full games on the schedule. Cal was third in the Pac-10 in rushing in 2009 with an average of 169.46 yards per game.
Best galloped for 1,580 yards in 2008 to lead the Pac-10 in rushing and rank second on the school's all-time single-season list. Best is one of three Cal tailbacks to have led the Pac-10 in rushing under Gould, with Lynch (2006) and Arrington (2004) the others.
The 2008 season registered by Best is second only to the one Arrington produced in 2004 when he rushed for a single-season school-record 2,018 yards during a consensus All-American campaign and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Arrington rushed for over 100 yards in each of his 12 games that season.
Cal's other 1,000-yard rushers during the run under Gould included Joe Igber (2002), Echemandu (2003), Lynch (2005, 2006) and Forsett (2007).
Three of the backs - Lynch (2006), Forsett (2007) and Best (2008) - were first-team All-Pac-10 choices while Lynch was also the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Best was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2009, while Vereen was a second-team choice in 2010 after earning honorable mention honors in 2009. Sofele picked up an honorable mention nod in 2011.
Six of the players listed among Cal's all-time top 10 in rushing have played for Gould, while nine of the school's top 11 individual rushing seasons have been posted under his guidance.
Cal's top rushing season under Gould came when the Bears led the Pac-10 and ranked sixth in the country in 2004 with an average of 256.75 rushing yards per game. The number was the Bears' highest since a school-record 317.00 average in 1952 and the fourth-highest in school history. The team's 3,081 total rushing yards was second all-time at Cal and only the school's third 3,000-yard rushing season, while the 30 rushing touchdowns and the 6.1 yards per carry on 509 rushes were both the best in the school's recorded history.
Cal followed its record-breaking 2004 season by rushing for an average of 235.3 yards per game that was second in the Pac-10 and ninth nationally in 2005. The Bears led preceded the 2004 campaign by leading the conference in rushing with an average of 168.3 yards per contest in 2003 when Cal also had a league-high 28 rushing touchdowns.
Prior to his arrival at Cal in 1997, Gould was the defensive backs coach at Boise State for four seasons (1993-96), with the 1994 Broncos finishing as the NCAA Division I-AA runner-up and ranking among the nation's top five in pass efficiency defense and scoring defense.
During a one-year stint in the same role at Portland State (1992) he helped the Vikings to the NCAA Division II semifinals.
Gould started his coaching career with two seasons as a graduate assistant at Oregon (1990-91).
He has also served NFL internships with the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams.
Gould was a standout defensive back at Scottsdale Community College (1984-85) before earning a scholarship from Wichita State. He later went on to become a starter for Oregon in 1987 after WSU dropped its program and signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 1988.
He and wife Teresa, Cal's Deputy Director of Athletics & Chief of Staff, reside in the East Bay, where they raise their sons, Tevin and Trae.
Jahvid Best (Cal) - A two-time first-team All-Pac-10 player who finished a three-year career at Cal from 2008-10 among the school's all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns (29, 3rd), total touchdowns (35, 4th) and rushing yardage (2,668, 7th) ... has had several highlights in his first two NFL seasons after being selected by Detroit in the first round (No. 30 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, including his first NFL career 100-yard game when he rushed for 163 yards and a career-long 88-yard touchdown against Chicago on Oct. 10, 2011.
Adimchinobe Echemandu (Cal) - First team All-Pac-10 running back in 2003 who played five seasons in the NFL with Cleveland (2004), Minnesota (2005), Oakland (2006-08) and Houston (2007).
Rashid Gayle (Boise State) - All-American defensive back who went on to play one season in the NFL with Jacksonville (1996) as well as in the Canadian Football League for four seasons with the BC Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Justin Forsett (Cal) - First team All-Pac-10 choice in 2007 who is now a member of the Houston Texans after having previously played in the NFL with Indianapolis (2008) and Seattle (2008-11), ranking second on the Seahawks in rushing in both 2009 and 2010.
Joe Igber (Cal) - Set Big Game record with 226 yards rushing in 2002 ... No. 4 all-time rusher at Cal with 3,124 yards ... played in the Hula Bowl after his senior season.
Marshawn Lynch (Cal) - 2006 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year ... MVP of back-to-back bowl wins ... No. 2 all-time rusher at Cal with 3,230 career yards ... selected No. 12 overall by the Buffalo Bills in 2007 NFL Draft and has posted three 1,000-yard seasons in the NFL ... had 1,115 and 1,036 yards on the ground, respectively, in his first two campaigns with the Bills, and then career highs of 1,204 rushing yards and 12 TDs in his first full season with Seattle in 2011 ... well-known for his 67-yard touchdown run in which he broke eight tackles simply dubbed "The Run" during a 41-36 victory against New Orleans in the NFL playoffs following the 2010 regular season.
Chris Manderino (Cal) - Four-year starter at fullback who was in the NFL for three seasons with Cincinnati (2006-07) and Kansas City (2008).
Tarik Smith (Cal) - Four-year letterwinner who spent two NFL seasons with Dallas.
Isi Sofele (Cal) - Had a breakout season in his first year as a full-time starter at Cal in 2011, rushing for 1,322 yards to rank sixth on the school's all-time single-season list and 22nd in the nation with a rushing average of 101.69 yards per contest.
Byron Storer (Cal) - The primary fullback at Cal from 2004-06 with the Bears ranking sixth and ninth nationally in rushing during the first of those two seasons, while also leading the Pac-10 in 2004 ... a three-time second-team All-Pac-10 choice on special teams ... played two seasons in the NFL with Tampa bay (2007-08) after signing with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent.
Will Ta'ufo'ou (Cal) - Cal's starting fullback for two seasons (2007-08), helping clear the way for 1,500-yard rushers in both campaigns ... has spent time on NFL rosters in Chicago (2009-11), Cleveland (2011), Denver (2011) and Tennessee (2012).
Shane Vereen (Cal) - Placed his name all over Cal's career record books after three campaigns of action from 2008-10, finishing his career ranked among the school's all-time leaders in rushing TDs (29, No. 3-T), total touchdowns (35, No. 4-T), all-purpose yards (4,069, No. 5), rushing yards (2,834, No. 7), 100-yard rushing games (11, No. 7) and scoring (210, No. 9-T) ... selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots and was a member of the team's 53-player Super Bowl roster in his first year in the league.
The Gould File Birthdate Sept. 15, 1965 Hometown Tucson, Ariz. High School Santa Rita HS College Oregon '88 Bachelor's in Criminology Family wife, Teresa sons, Tevin and Trae
Coaching History Years School Coaching Position 1997-2012 California Run Game Coordinator/Associate Head Coach 1993-96 Boise State Defensive Backs 1992 Portland State Defensive Backs 1990-91 Oregon Graduate Assistant
Bowl Games (8) Year Bowl School 2009 Poinsettia California 2008 Emerald California 2007 Armed Forces California 2006 Holiday California 2005 Las Vegas California 2004 Holiday California 2003 Insight California 1990 Freedom Oregon *season in which bowl was played
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