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Cal will reportedly hire Arizona Wildcats assistant Charlie Ragle to coach tight ends and special teams

According to, Cal will reportedly hire Arizona assistant Charlie Ragle to coach tight ends and special teams.

According to a report by, Arizona assistant coach Charlie Ragle -- who's coached tight ends and special teams for the Wildcats for four years -- will take on the same position at California under new head coach Justin Wilcox.

A Cal official could independently confirm, but our sister site, Wildcat Authority, did confirm that Ragle is headed to Berkeley. Arizona state law only gives assistant coaches one-year deals. Football Scoop reported that the Cal contract will be for three years, but that has no been verified.

Contracts for all other members of Cal's coaching staff have been requested by BearTerritory from the UC Berkeley Public Records Office, but none of those contracts -- including Wilcox's -- have been fully executed, and are therefore not available. The process for fully approving contracts can take several weeks. Football Scoop said "it took & he got [a] big deal," in a Twitter post. Like the entire staff under Wilcox so far, Ragle has deep West Coast roots. He recruited the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas of Arizona, and Kansas junior colleges for the Wildcats, grew up in New Mexico, and graduated from Eastern New Mexico in 1998, after playing running back and returning kicks from 1994-97. 

Ragle moved onto the full-time on-field staff at Arizona following a year as the assistant director of operations in 2012. Before that, he was the head coach at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral from 2007-2011. He won three 5A II state titles (2009, 2010, 2011) and went 63-7. His final team in 2011 went 14-1. Before taking over the head coaching duties, he served as a defensive coordinator in 2005, before serving as a graduate assistant on the Arizona State staff in 2006, working with the offensive line.

Ragle got his start as the defensive coordinator at Phoenix Moon Valley from 2000-04.

This past season, Ragle's kickoff coverage was ranked 34th in the nation (Cal's was 14th), and the Wildcats were 124th out of 128 teams in kickoff returns. Arizona was 108th in punt return yardage (4.67 per return), while Cal was 116th (3.82). The Wildcats were 110th in the nation on punt return defense (11.48 ypr), while Cal was 113th.

In 2015-16, Arizona was 11th in the nation in punt return defense (3.43 ypr), was 12th in net punting (40.56 ypp), and sixth in punt return yardage (16.0 ypr). The Wildcats were 36th in the nation in kickoff return yardage (22.78), and 71st in kickoff coverage (21.69 yards per kickoff return allowed).

In 2014-15, Arizona ranked 28th in punt returns (10.24 ypr), 82nd in punt return defense (8.38 ypr), 20th in net punting (39.79), 54th in kickoff return yardage (21.5) and 27th in kickoff return defense.

Cal now has eight coaches for nine assistant slots, with still a running backs coach and a linebackers coach to hire. In an interview with Bears signee Ben Moos, it was indicated that offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin will coach running backs. Had Cal hired a running backs/special teams coach, it would have been Baldwin coaching tight ends. Top Stories