California hires Michalczik as new OC
Jeff Tedford is following his first losing season at California with some sweeping changes to his coaching staff.
Cal announced Saturday night that Jim Michalczik has been hired as offensive coordinator, replacing Andy Ludwig after a disappointing 5-7 season. Ludwig moved on to the same position at San Diego State.
Marcus Arroyo also was hired as quarterbacks coach, and associate head coach Ron Gould was promoted to the run-game coordinator. Eric Kiesau will be the passing-game coordinator.
''I'm pleased to have been able to put our offensive coaching staff together in this structure,'' Tedford said. ''We have a talented and experienced group of coaches on the offensive side of the ball that will work well together to provide effective strategy and leadership for our offensive game plan.''
The moves come after the Golden Bears failed to extend their run of seven straight bowl berths.
Michalczik was the offensive line coach for the Oakland Raiders the last two seasons. He also was the Golden Bears' offensive line coach from 2002-08 under Tedford.
''My entire family is excited and fired up to be returning to the Cal football program,'' said Michalczik, who also will coach the offensive line.
Arroyo, a former San Jose State quarterback, has spent the past eight seasons coaching at the collegiate level. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Wyoming the last two seasons.
''I hope that I can add to what Cal already is by bringing my energy, enthusiasm and knowledge for the game of football and specifically the quarterback position,'' Arroyo said.
This offseason has been all about change on Cal's staff.
Defensive backs coach Al Simmons left to pursue other opportunities and wide receivers coach Kevin Daft will not return in 2011. And there's still a lot of work to do on the field after the program's first losing season since a 1-10 showing in 2001 - especially with three straight tough losses to end last year.
Now that the offensive staff is assembled, the next task for Cal is figuring out who will play quarterback next season. Brock Mansion started five games after Kevin Riley got hurt but will be in a competition with Beau Sweeney, Allan Bridgford, Austin Hinder, transfer Zach Maynard and incoming freshman Kyle Boehm.