COACHING: Bringing a reputation as one of the nation's premier offensive strategists, Al Borges begins his first season as Cal's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach this year. Borges arrived in Berkeley this past January after spending the previous five years at UCLA, where his teams averaged 31.9 ppg, including two seasons of better than 40 ppg. Overall, Borges is starting his 16th season as an offensive coordinator.
Borges began his coaching career at Salinas High School (1975-78) and Pleasant Valley High School (1979-80) while still in college. He returned to Salinas HS in 1981 before moving to Diablo Valley College from 1983-85. After spending 1984-85 with the USFL's Oakland Invaders, Borges joined the Portland State staff. During his seven years as offensive coordinator there, Portland State compiled a 63-26-2 mark and earned five berths in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Borges moved to Boise State as offensive coordinator under Pokey Allen for the 1993 and '94 seasons, winning a Big Sky championship and finishing with a 13-2 record in 1994.
Borges gained his first position in the Pac-10 in 1995 as offensive coordinator at Oregon. That year, the Ducks led the conference in passing offense (263.8 ypg) and quarterback Tony Graziani paced the league in total offense (272.9 ypg) and passing yards (249.1 ypg).
From there, Borges took over as offensive coordinator at UCLA from 1996-2000. Under his direction, the Bruins set school records for passing offense, total offense and points scored. Quarterback Cade McNown developed into the 1998 Pac-10 co-offensive Player of the Year and became a first round selection of the Chicago Bears, and tailback Skip Hicks set a Pac-10 record with 25 touchdowns in 1997.
PERSONAL: Borges, 45, was born Oct. 8, 1955. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Chico State in 1981. Borges and his wife, Nikki, reside in the East Bay.
- Favorite Coaching Moment: Coaching in the Rose Bowl
- Favorite Book: Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
- Favorite Movies: The Godfather & Hoosiers
- Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Tony Teresa, 2. Pokey Allen, 3. Ron Lynn, 4. Mike Welsh
- Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Tennis, golf, going to baseball games