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Eastern Washington's Beau Baldwin announces he will be Cal's new offensive coordinator

New Cal head coach Justin Wilcox is reportedly pursuing Beau Baldwin, the current head coach at Eastern Washington, to be his offensive coordinator.

STORY UPDATED 3:21 p.m.: Baldwin has announced at a press conference that he will in fact be Cal's OC.

As new California head coach Justin Wilcox continues to build out his staff, Eastern Washington head coach, Beau Baldwin, has announced that he will become Wilcox's offensive coordinator. Baldwin recently signed a five-year extension with Eastern Washington for a reported $240k per year, without a buy-out clause. Baldwin was earlier reported to be in the running for Nevada's head coaching vacancy.

"Given this situation, it was right," Baldwin said. "I have not only the utmost respect for the program that Cal Berkeley's had over the years but on top of that, the institution." At an Eastern Washington presser at 3:15 p.m., Pacific, today, Baldwin said that, despite multiple offers elsewhere to be a head coach, “This one’s right. It’s an incredible opportunity for our family and for our career."

"Beau Baldwin has recruited like a madman at Eastern the past couple of years to go with his offensive acumen," said Scout Director of Recruiting Brandon Huffman. "Wilcox hits a grand slam."

Huffman also gave our members more detail on just what Baldwin is like as a recruiter, on our message boards. 

A Cal spokesman said no announcements were pending on staff positions, but Wilcox is holding an 11 a.m. press conference at the Field Club at California Memorial Stadium on Tuesday. 

A Football Championship Subdivision national champion in 2010, Baldwin has guided Eastern Washington to the semifinals three of the last five years, and to the quarterfinals in 2014. 

Baldwin fulfills Wilcox's promise to quarterback commit Chase Garbers, in that he will run a "balanced spread" system, one mainly run out of 11 personnel (which means greater tight end involvement), with a focus on the power run game. That focus should be aided by the addition of offensive line coach Steve Greatwood, who churned out multiple NFL draft picks during his decade-plus in Eugene as a part of Oregon's spread-to-run system, which, like Baldwin, utilized run-pass options and zone blocking schemes.

Baldwin has built a pass-oriented spread (appropriate for the current personnel), and developed quarterback Vernon Adams, before he was plucked up by the Ducks. 

While Baldwin's offenses have been pass-heavy (see table below), a source has said that it's very likely that former Cal running backs coach Ron Gould will return as the running backs coach (though a source on that end told BearTerritory that Gould has not heard anything), following his head coaching stint at UC Davis. As of Saturday, Wilcox had not personally reached out to Gould, but that doesn't mean the two parties have not been in communication through intermediaries. The combination of Baldwin, Gould and Greatwood syncs with what Garbers and another source have told BearTerritory will be a balanced spread offense.

Year Total Offense Rank (yards per game) Passing Offense Rank (ypg) Rushing Offense Rank (ypg)
2008 23rd (298.45) 7th (299.91) 98th (98.55)
2009 4th (462.17) 3rd (321.25) 54th (140.92)
2010 22nd (397.07 26th (241.0) 49th (156.07)
2011 5th (447.36) 1st (368.36) 112th (79.0)
2012 14th (442.00) 7th (318.86) 90th (123.14)
2013 4th (533.5) 4th (349.8) 41st (183.7)
2014 3rd (513.4) 2nd (328.2) 39th (185.2)
2015 T8th (478.5) 1st (353.3) 96th (125.2)
2016 2nd (529.6) 1st (401.0) 89th (128.6)

A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., the 44-year old Baldwin is 95-35 as a head coach. After quarterbacking Central Washington, Baldwin started his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach for his alma mater from 1994-2002, before his first stint at Eastern, as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, from 2003-06. He spent a single year as the head coach at Central before arriving at Eastern in 2008. He's only missed the FCS playoffs two years at Eastern -- his first season in 2008 and an injury-plagued 2011 campaign.

Baldwin is 2-5 against Pac-12 teams, with wins over Oregon State and Washington State, a narrow 59-52 loss to Washington in 2014, and a 30-27 loss to the Huskies in 2011. Baldwin also helped launch the career of current Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor, who parlayed a quarterbacks coaching position at Eastern into a Pac-12 job in just one year, producing an FCS-best 401.0 yards-per-game passing average under Baldwin. Eastern's quarterback, Gage Gubrud, led the FCS with 5,160 passing yards, while the Eagles were second in the FCS in total offense (529.6 ypg). Top Stories