BERKELEY – Cal head football coach Sonny Dykes announced Tuesday the hiring of defensive line coach Fred Tate as part of changes to the Golden Bears’ defensive coaching staff. Garret Chachere will coach the team’s linebackers in his second season at Cal and Andy Buh has been reassigned within the Athletic Department.
Tate, a 16-year coaching veteran, has worked the past two seasons under first-year Golden Bear defensive coordinator Art Kaufman for bowl teams at Cincinnati and Texas Tech.
Chachere has spent much of his 23-year coaching career working with linebackers, including a three-year stint at Nichols State (1995-97) and eight seasons at Tulane (1999-2006). He coached Cal’s defensive ends in his first season with the Bears in 2013.
“Fred Tate comes highly recommended from Art Kaufman and the two have had an excellent relationship in the past,” Dykes said. “He has a tremendous amount of energy that will carry over well to both on-field coaching and recruiting.”
“I’m excited to be joining Sonny’s staff at Cal and be reunited with Art,” Tate said. “We’ve had a tremendous amount of success over the last two seasons working together, and I’m looking forward to replicating that and improving upon it at Cal. I’m ready to hit the ground running.”
Tate’s most recent stint with Kaufman was in 2013 as the defensive tackles coach for a Cincinnati team that finished 9-4 overall and played in the Belk Bowl. Cincinnati’s defense was one of the best in the country, ranking in the top 10 nationally in both rushing defense (6th, 104.5 ypg) and total defense (9th, 315.6 ypg).
Tate also worked on Kaufman’s defensive staff at Texas Tech in 2012, inheriting a 2011 unit that ranked 114th nationally in total defense (485.58 ypg) and improving them to 38th (367.31 ypg) while ranking second in the Big 12 Conference. Texas Tech was keyed by a pass defense that led the league and ranked 15th in the country (192.00 ypg). The Red Raiders finished 8-5 overall and were victorious over Minnesota at the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Tate’s other previous coaching stints have come at Marshall (2010-11), Tennessee-Chattanooga (2008-09), Southern Miss (2005-06), East Carolina (2003-04), Middle Tennessee State (2002), Southwest Texas State (2001), East Mississippi Community College (2000), Jacksonville State (1998-99) and East Central Community College (1997).
Marshall was victorious in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl over Florida International in Tate’s final season with the Thundering Herd when he coached the defensive line for a unit that ranked first in Conference USA and fifth nationally with an average of 7.85 tackles for loss per game. Tate coached safeties in his first season with the Herd in 2010.
Tate coached on bowl staffs during each of his two seasons at Southern Miss with the Golden Eagles also finishing with winning records each campaign.
A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Tate enlisted in the United States Army upon graduation in 1986 from North Forrest High School in his hometown. Following his service, Tate started his collegiate football playing career with two seasons at East Central Community College and continued at Southern Mississippi, where he was a defensive lineman in 1995 and 1996 for the Golden Eagles before earning his bachelor's degree in human performance from Southern Miss in 1997.