Feb. 1, 2007
BERKELEY - California assistant head coach and offensive line coach Jim Michalczik has been promoted to offensive coordinator, head coach Jeff Tedford announced on Wednesday. In addition, Kevin Daft, a graduate assistant coach for the past three years with the Golden Bears, has been promoted to quarterbacks coach.
Michalczik joined the Cal staff upon Tedford's arrival in 2002. As the team's offensive line coach, he was integral in the development of one of the most potent offenses in the nation. The Golden Bears are one of just five teams to rank in the top 25 in scoring in each of the last five years. In 2006, Cal led the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the nation in scoring with 32.8 points per game. Last season also marked the third straight year that the Bears climbed into the Top 10 in the national rankings.
"Coach Michalczik has been with our staff the whole time we have been here," Tedford said. "He has an excellent understanding of our offensive philosophy and he is very well-respected by the players and the rest of the coaching staff. We have worked closely together with offensive game-planning and we will continue to do that."
Under the tutelage of Michalczik, the California offensive line has excelled, as evidenced by their individual honors. Five Golden Bears have earned first-team all-conference honors in the last five years, including center Alex Mack in 2006 and center Marvin Philip and tackle Ryan O'Callaghan in both 2004 and 2005. The Bear O-Line has 20 overall all-conference awards in the last five years, including all five starters receiving all-conference recognition following the 2004 season. In addition, Cal has produced five 1,000-yard rushers - including one 2,000-yard rusher - over the past five years. Last season, Cal led the Pac-10 and ranked third in the nation in sacks allowed at 1.0 per game and Michalczik was a nominee for the Broyles Award for the top assistant coach in the nation. The product of Port Angeles, Wash., will work closely with Tedford on the overall offensive planning and philosophies, while continuing to supervise the offensive line.
"I am very excited for this opportunity," Michalczik said. "Coach Tedford has built this program to where we are recognized on the national level and we plan to continue our tradition of exciting offenses with attacking styles. And by continuing to work with the offensive line, we will maintain our continuity at that position."
A 1988 graduate of Washington State, Michalczik was a three-year letterwinner and an honorable mention All-American during his playing days. He went on to the coaching ranks at Miami (1990-91), Montana State (1992-98) and Oregon State (1999-01), helping the Hurricanes to the national championship with a 22-0 win over Nebraska in the 1992 Sugar Bowl.
Daft will move into a full-time coaching position, working directly with the quarterbacks, after three years an offensive graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, he worked with the Cal coaching staff on game-planning, opponent scouting and individual player development.
"Kevin is also someone who has been with our program," Tedford said. "He has a good understanding of our team goals and philosophies, he has a great rapport with our quarterbacks and he provides continuity. Kevin is a bright young coach who will continue to bring positive energy to our program."
Daft was one of the most prolific passers in the history of UC Davis and set multiple NCAA records at the school. Following his collegiate career, he was selected in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. In addition to being a member of the Titans 1999 Super Bowl team, he spent time with the San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Flacons and the San Francisco 49ers, as well as in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League. In 2000, he led the Scottish Claymores to NFL Europe's World Bowl.
"This is a great opportunity for me and my family," Daft said. "I am thrilled to continue to be a part of this tremendous program and the Cal family. I am already very familiar with this offense and I am looking forward to working even closer with all of the quarterbacks with whom I have built excellent relationships in my time here."
The Golden Bears, who advanced to a bowl game for the fourth straight year for the first time in program history in 2006, will open spring drills on March 12. The spring game is scheduled for April 14 while the 2007 season opener is Sept. 1 against Tennessee at Memorial Stadium.