BERKELEY -- New California head football coach Justin Wilcox said in his introductory press conference that one of his first priorities is to "hire a phenomenal staff that's going to take care of our guys and treat them right," and just 90 minutes later, the Bears announced the official additions of offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin and offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1746226-update-baldwin-ann..."We've hired an offensive coordinator -- almost hired an offensive coordinator -- I can't speak about him, but you might have heard about him," Wilcox said during his introductory press conference. "What's important to us is that we do what's best for our players, and we're always going to put them in the best position to succeed, and be multiple enough to do that. If that means we're an 11 personnel team with one tight end, a 10 personnel team, a 12 personnel team, it's about utilizing our players. We will gravitate, and we will start recruiting some of those tight end and H-back body types, even in this recruiting class."
No terms were immediately available on either hire, nor were their term sheets. Both have been requested.
"Beau Baldwin has a long and successful track record as a head coach and produced some of the nation's most potent offenses during a long tenure at Eastern Washington," Wilcox said in a statement, after his presser, where he could not yet speak of either of the two hires. "We are pleased that he has agreed to join our staff and continue his success in Berkeley."
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 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.
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.
"This is an incredible opportunity for my family and our career," Baldwin said in a statement. "I'm really excited for what lies ahead and the chance to work with Justin Wilcox and the tremendous staff he is putting together at Cal."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1745962-steve-greatwood-re... Greatwood has spent 37 years coaching, including 32 at his alma mater, Oregon, where he spent 25 seasons as an offensive line coach -- from 1982-94 (including the 1995 Rose Bowl) and from 2005-16, with a stint from 2000-05 coaching the defensive line. In his second go-around with the Ducks, Greatwood reached two national championship games (2010, '14), won four conference titles (2009, '10, '11, '14) and coached in 11 bowl games.
"I'm excited to start the next chapter and work with a great coaching staff led by Justin Wilcox," Greatwood said. "Cal has had some success over the years and always been a program with tremendous potential. I'm ready to get going and work hard to help this program realize its potential and consistently become one of the best in the country."
Greatwood's line has blocked for 10 straight Pac-12 team rushing leaders (2006-15), and Oregon's run game has ranked in the top 10, nationally, eight times in the last 10 years.
"Steve is one of the most respected offensive line coaches in college football and has a long history of success coaching some of the best offensive lines that have ever played the game," Wilcox said. "We are thrilled that he will be joining our staff at Cal."