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Former NFL standout Wes Chandler spent one season as the wide receivers coach at Cal in 2012. In addition to his single campaign with the Golden Bears, he has 25 seasons of experience in professional football as a coach and player, while also coaching previously at both the collegiate and high school levels.
Chandler helped bring along three promising true freshman receivers in 2012 in Chris Harper (41 receptions, 544 yards, 2 TD), Bryce Treggs (21 receptions, 216 yards, 1 TD) and Darius Powe (12 receptions, 134 yards), with Harper missing the school records for true freshmen by only five catches and 57 receiving yards. The trio learned from the school's all-time receptions leader Keenan Allen, who reached career totals of 205 receptions, 2,570 receiving yards (No. 3 all-time at Cal) and 17 touchdown receptions (No. 7 all-time at Cal) before an injury late in the game at Utah caused him to miss the final three contests of his career before announcing his intention on December 5 to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. Allen finished the 2012 campaign with team highs of 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and six touchdown catches to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.
Prior to joining Cal, Chandler most recently spent time running personal businesses and was a staff member for Football University, a premier educational camp for an elite class of football players.
His last position on a coaching staff prior to joining Cal was with the New York Sentinels of the United Football League in 2009 as offensive coordinator.
Chandler was the wide receivers coach for the NFL's Cleveland Browns for two seasons from 2007-08. In his first campaign, the Browns posted a six-game turnaround and registered a 10-6 record but failed to make the playoffs, losing a head-to-head tiebreaker with AFC North champion Pittsburgh. The 2007 Browns were eighth in the NFL in total offense (351.3 ypg), scoring offense (25.1 ppg) and touchdown passes (29), while ranking 12th in passing (232.9). Braylon Edwards recorded his best NFL season in 2007 under Chandler's tutelage, posting career highs of 80 receptions, 1,289 receiving yards and 16 touchdown catches with both of the latter also leading the team and the receptions ranking second.
During one season as the wide receivers coach in Minnesota in 2005, the Vikings finished 9-7 and were second in the NFL North.
He also spent three campaigns in Dallas as the Cowboys' wide receivers coach from 2000-02, where he coached the likes of Antonio Bryant, Joey Galloway, Rocket Ismail and James McKnight. Galloway put up 61 receptions, 908 yards receiving and six touchdowns in 2002, while Bryant contributed 44 catches for 733 yards and six scoring grabs. In 2001, Ismail (53) and Galloway (52) led the team in receptions, while McKnight's 52 catches for 926 yards led the 2000 club.
Chandler's first coaching position in the professional ranks was a two-year tenure as the offensive coordinator with the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football (1991-92).
While the WLAF was morphing into NFL Europe, Chandler coached wide receivers for two seasons at Central Florida (1993-94) before NFL Europe began in the spring of 1995. Chandler rejoined the league overseas and was the offensive coordinator for back-to-back teams that posted 7-3 regular-season records and played in the World Bowl, with the Rhein Fire in 1997 and the Frankfurt Galaxy in 1998. Chandler was the offensive coordinator for Rhein for three seasons (1995-97) still as part of the WLAF and then in his first season officially as NFL Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy (1998). He was also the head coach of the Berlin Thunder in 1999.
Chandler's coaching career began with three seasons (1988-90) at Father Lopez High School in Daytona Beach, Fla., serving the first campaign as the offensive coordinator and his final two years as head coach and athletic director.
In 11 seasons as an NFL player with the New Orleans Saints (1978-81), San Diego Chargers (1981-87) and San Francisco 49ers (1988), Chandler posted career numbers that through the 2011 NFL season rank among the league's all-time leaders in receiving yards per game (59.8, 49th), receiving yards (8,966, 53rd), touchdown receptions (56, 79th) and receptions (559, 81st). Chandler was named to four Pro Bowl teams (1979, 1982, 1983, 1985), once selected a first-team All-Pro in 1982 and was a second-team All-Pro choice in 1979.
Chandler was the third overall section out of Florida in the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft by New Orleans and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his second season in the league with 65 receptions, 1,069 yards receiving and six touchdown catches. After being traded to San Diego during the 1981 season, Chandler would come back the following year during the strike-shortened 1982 campaign and catch 49 passes while leading the NFL in receiving yards (1,032) and receiving touchdowns (9) for an NFL record 129.0 yards receiving per game. He would post one more 1,000-yard receiving season in 1985 with the Chargers when he tallied career-high totals of 67 catches and 1,199 yards receiving. Chandler retired from the NFL after one final season with the 49ers in 1988.
Chandler caught 92 passes for 1,963 yards and 22 touchdowns in his collegiate career in a run-oriented Florida offense, while adding another six scores on rushes and kick returns. He earned first All-America and All-Southeastern Conference honors in both 1976 and 1977.
He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for the University of Florida, Florida-Georgia, the Florida High School Athletic Association and the San Diego Chargers. Chandler is also a member of their Chargers' 50th Anniversary Team announced in 2009 to honor the top players and coaches in the franchise's history.
Chandler is single. He has one son, Lamar.
LAST UPDATED: December 12, 2012