Thursday, February 1, 2007
Michalczik named Golden Bears' offensive coordinator
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jim Michalczik became California's
offensive coordinator Thursday after five seasons as the Golden
Bears' offensive line coach.
Michalczik replaces Mike Dunbar, who resigned last week after
one season to take the same job at Minnesota. Michalczik's
promotion could signal a return to a more conventional Cal attack
after the Bears dabbled in aspects of Dunbar's favored spread
offense last season.
Coach Jeff Tedford is largely in charge of the Bears' offensive
game plans, but believes Michalczik's tremendous success on the
offensive line warranted more responsibility.
"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," Tedford said. "We have worked closely together
with offensive game-planning, and we will continue to do that."
Cal went 10-3 last season, earning a share of its first Pac-10
title in three decades. Led by running back Marshawn Lynch, the
Bears finished 11th in the nation in scoring offense before
pounding Texas A&M 45-10 in the Holiday Bowl.
Though Dunbar added spread formations and shotgun snaps to the
Bears' offensive repertoire, the play-calling didn't differ
significantly from Tedford's usual run-based attack. Cal has five
straight winning records and four consecutive bowl appearances in
Tedford's tenure while honing NFL prospects at every offensive
Michalczik will retain his coaching responsibilities with the
offensive line. He has coached five players to all-conference
seasons while the Golden Bears produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each
of his five seasons.
"We plan to continue our tradition of exciting offenses with
attacking styles," Michalczik said. "And by continuing to work
with the offensive line, we will maintain our continuity at that
The Bears also promoted graduate assistant Kevin Daft to
quarterbacks coach. Daft, a record-setting quarterback at UC Davis,
suited up for four NFL teams in a brief career.