Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Arizona hires Jim Michalczik
By Ted Miller
California's dismal 3-9 season that got Jeff Tedford fired has provided a hiring coup for Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has tapped Jim Michalczik to coach the Wildcats' offensive line. He was Cal's offensive coordinator/line coach the past two seasons and served as the Bears' line coach for seven other seasons.
While the Cal offense struggled the past two years, Michalczik is widely considered one of the best line coaches on the West Coast (I'd throw Oregon's Steve Greatwood onto that list, too).
He spent nine seasons over two tenures at California: 2002-08 and 2011-12. During that span, he coached 12 linemen who were signed by NFL teams, including Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz of the Browns and Brian De La Puente of the New Orleans Saints. Cal produced an 1,000-yard rusher in nine of the last 11 seasons.
Michalczik, who coached the Oakland Raiders line in 2009-10, will replace Robert Anae, who returned to alma mater BYU as offensive coordinator.
Prior to joining Cal in 2002, Michalczik spent three seasons at Oregon State coaching tight ends while also serving as special teams coordinator and an assistant coach on the offensive line. The Beavers posted their first winning season in 29 years in his first campaign in Corvallis in 1999.
He is a 1988 graduate of Washington State, where he played for Dennis Erickson.
Arizona still has a staff vacancy to fill after safeties coach Tony Gibson left the team last week, reportedly for a position at West Virginia.