COACHING: Justin Wilcox, one of the best young coaches in the Pac-10, joined the Golden Bears as linebackers coach prior to the 2003 season.
For the second straight season in 2004, Wilcox fielded a solid linebacking corps that improved down the stretch and aided Cal's march to back-to-back bowl appearances. Under his tutelage, veteran backers such as Wendell Hunter, Joe Maningo, Sid Slater and Francis Blay-Miezah blossomed into a tight-knit unit that epitomized the Bear defense's swarm-to-the-ball philosophy.
Wilcox was hired as Boise State's outside linebacker coach in 2002 by current Cal defensive coordinator Bob Gregory, then the Broncos' defensive coordinator. Wilcox helped Boise State post an 8-4 record that first season with Gregory, including victories over highly regarded Fresno State and Hawaii. Wilcox remained at Boise State upon Gregory's departure to Cal in 2002, and the Broncos fashioned a 12-1 record, No. 15 national ranking and 34-16 win over Iowa State in the Humanitarian Bowl.
PLAYER: A standout defensive back at Oregon from 1995-99, Wilcox played his final two collegiate seasons under Gregory, who served as the Ducks' defensive secondary coach. Wilcox played on Oregon teams that appeared in the 1997 Las Vegas Bowl, 1998 Aloha Bowl and 1999 Sun Bowl. He performed at safety his first three years with the Ducks, before moving to cornerback as a senior and earning second team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors.
"Justin was one of the best guys and smartest players I have ever coached," said Gregory. "He moved to cornerback as a senior at Oregon, and amazingly did not give up a touchdown pass all year long. He did an outstanding job coaching the outside linebackers at Boise State the past two seasons and we're thrilled to add him to our staff."
PERSONAL: Wilcox, 28, was born Nov. 12, 1976 in Eugene, Ore. He earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology from Oregon in 1999 and has been pursuing his master's degree at Boise State. Wilcox, single and living in Berkeley, is the son of former San Francisco 49er and Oregon linebacker Dave Wilcox, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Wilcox at a Glance
2003- Linebackers California 2001-02 Outside Linebackers Boise Sate