Peeler has worked with the inside receivers at Cal during the last two seasons for a pair of record-breaking offenses as a graduate assistant.
“Jacob Peeler will be a terrific football coach and an excellent recruiter,” said head coach Sonny Dykes, who brought Peeler over from Louisiana Tech, where he was both a player and eventually a graduate assistant. “He has proven his worth to our football program both here at Cal and previously at Louisiana Tech. Jacob has a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for everything he does and a tremendous rapport with both the players and his fellow coaches. We’re excited to be able to add him to our full-time coaching staff.”
“I am beyond excited to continue my coaching career at Cal,” said Peeler. “Regardless of where you are in the country or even the world for that matter, the Cal brand is well renowned. The opportunity to join the full-time staff is a dream come true. I look forward to the future at Cal as we continue to progress on the field and in the classroom.”
Peeler spent four seasons (2009-12) in quality control and graduate assistant roles on the football staff at his alma mater Louisiana Tech including the final three campaigns when Dykes was the team’s head coach. Before returning to Louisiana Tech he coached at both Itawamba Community College (out of which the Bears signed Peeler-recruited corner Darius White) and Independence Community College.
With the departures of wide receivers coach/associate head coach Rob Likens and offensive line coach Zach Yenser to become the offensive coordinator and OL coach/run game coordinator, respectively, for Kansas, Cal had already filled the offensive line/run game coordinator position with Brandon Jones. Filling Likens’s role as wide receivers coach will be former Middle Tennessee wide receiver – and former Cal running backs coach -- Pierre Ingram, who will add Passing Game Coordinator to his title of Recruiting Coordinator. Ingram had previously been running backs coach and run game coordinator, but with the addition of Jones, the latter title shifted to him upon his announcement as a member of the staff.
Linebackers coach Garret Chachere also gets a bump, taking over Likens’s title as associate head coach.
Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin will add running backs to his coaching duties, which also include the quarterbacks. Former inside receivers coach and special teams coordinator Mark Tommerdahl -- who made a move to coaching mainly fullbacks and tight ends, while Peeler took the lion’s share of inside receiver duties last season – will now be the Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator.
Cal set or equaled 10 school or modern-era single-season records on offense in 2014. The Bears established single-season school records for passing yards (4,152), passing yards per game (346.0 ypg), passing touchdowns (37), total yards per game (495.2 ypg) and first downs passing (188), while setting modern-era school marks for points (459), scoring average (38.2 ppg) and touchdowns (61) that were second all-time, and tying modern-era records for PAT (56) and PAT attempts (57). Cal ranked in the top 15 nationally in five offensive categories in 2014 including passing offense (6th, 346.0 ypg), first downs offense (T9th, 319), scoring offense (10th, 38.3 ppg), total offense (13th, 495.2 ypg) and fourth-down conversion percentage (14th, 67.9%, 19-28). Peeler has developed the likes of current Green Bay Packers’ tight end and third-round 2014 NFL Draft pick Richard Rodgers as well as 2015 senior Stephen Anderson over the last two seasons at Cal. Under Peeler’s tutelage, Rodgers (39 receptions, 608 yards, 1 TD reception) and Anderson (46 receptions, 661 receiving yards, 5 TD receptions) both registered the best statistical numbers of their collegiate careers in 2013 and 2014, respectively.