Bill Dutton
Bill Dutton

Player Profile
Defensive Line

4th year

Alma Mater:
California '54

COACHING: One of the finest technicians and teachers in the game, Bill Dutton has had a dramatic impact in his first three seasons at Cal. After Cal's aggressive style of play on the defensive line helped Cal post a league-leading 125 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in '98, his group helped the Bears lead the Pac-10 in sacks with a school-record 51 in 1999 and another 44 last year. Among the players who have gone through his tutelage are 1999 Pac-10 sack leader Mawuko Tugbenyoh, two-time All-Pac-10 choice Jacob Waasdorp and first team All-American Andre Carter, the first round pick of the San Francisco 49ers this past April.

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 be 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, 71, was born July 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, hiking