COACHING: Ken Margerum joined the Cal staff in January 2000 as wide receiver coach, bringing a vast array of experience to Cal's offensive braintrust. Always known as a technician and an intense competitor, Margerum did it all as a player, including an All-America college career at Stanford and earning a Super Bowl ring with the Chicago Bears.
Margerum has also coached on both the high school and college levels, including three years as head coach at Menlo College, a Division III program in Atherton. At Menlo, a non-scholarship program, he supervised the seventh-best turnaround in the NCAA Division III level in 1999, as the Oaks went from a 2-8 record in 1998 to a 5-4 mark the next year. Margerum was also credited with recruiting almost 150 new players to the program over the three-year span, a remarkable accomplishment due to tuition costs.
Margerum began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator at Hawaiian Prep Academy from 1993-95. He then accepted a position as the wide receiver coach at Hawaii under Fred von Appen where he spent the 1996 season before moving back to California and accepting the Menlo head coaching job.
PLAYER: A consensus All-America receiver at Stanford in 1979 and '80, Margerum went on to a seven-year NFL career. He still holds the Pac-10 record for career touchdowns with 32 and held the Stanford record for receiving yards (2,430) until that mark was broken in 1999 by Troy Walters. Margerum was a third round draft choice of the Chicago Bears and earned first team All-Rookie honors in 1981. He was a member of the Bears victorious Super Bowl team in 1985. After five years with the Bears, Margerum finished up the 1986 and'87 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
PERSONAL: Margerum, 42, was born Oct. 5, 1958. He and his wife, Cal assistant track coach Joy Margerum, have two children, Sunny (9) and Windy (2).
- Favorite Coaching Moment: Winning the 1993 Big Island Championship as coach of Hawaiian Prep Academy.
- Favorite Book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- Favorite Movie: Cool Hand Luke
- Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Bill Walsh 2. Mike Ditka 3. Payton Jordon
- Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Spending time with family, taking care of lime green 1971 XR7 Mercury Cougar convertible