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Cal has officially hired former Arizona special teams and tight ends coach Charlie Ragle

Cal has officially announced the hiring of tight ends and special teams coach Charlie Ragle.

California has officially announced the hiring former Arizona assistant coach Charlie Ragle -- who's coached tight ends and special teams for the Wildcats for four years -- to take on the same position under new head coach Justin Wilcox.

The high-energy Ragle, according to Football Scoop, is in the process of signing a three-year deal, but that has no been verified. Assistant contracts at Arizona are of a one-year duration, according to a source.

"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity at Cal," Ragle said in a statement. "What is happening under the leadership of Justin Wilcox is very exciting. He is building the foundation for a program that has tremendous potential and a chance to be one of the best in the country and consistently compete for championships."

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.

"This move by Justin Wilcox should make the Golden Bears a serious player in Arizona," said Scout recruiting analyst Blair Angulo. Ragle is expected to continue to recruit the Southwest, as he recruited the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas of Arizona for the Wildcats. Ragle grew up in New Mexico, and graduated from Eastern New Mexico in 1998, after playing running back and returning kicks from 1994-97. 

"Charlie Ragle is an enthusiastic and energetic coach who is an excellent addition to our staff both on the field and in recruiting," Wilcox said in a statement. "The special teams units he put on the field at Arizona were consistently among the best in the nation, while the tremendous success he has had in recruiting is powered by his ability to understand the recruiting culture from all perspectives. Having more than a decade of experience as a high school coach allowed him to build an excellent network of strong relationships that are greatly beneficial."

Ragle got his start as the defensive coordinator at Phoenix Moon Valley from 2000-04. He served as a defensive coordinator at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral in 2005, before serving as a graduate assistant on the Arizona State staff in 2006, working with the offensive line.

He then took over as head coach at Chaparral from 2007-2011, where he won three 5A II state titles (2009, 2010, 2011) and went 63-7. His final team in 2011 went 14-1. Ragle moved onto the full-time on-field staff at Arizona following a year as the assistant director of operations in 2012.

Over his four years in Tucson, Ragle and the Wildcats went to four bowl games, winning three.

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 (18.95 ypr). During that season, Ragle was part of developing 2014 Sports Illustrated Honorable Mention All-American punter Drew Riggleman. Riggleman was second in the Pac-12, and fourth nationally, with a 46.1-yard punting average that was good for the second-highest average in school history.

In his first season as Arizona's special teams coordinator, the Wildcats ranked 11th in the nation in punt return defense (3.33 ypr) and 27th in kickoff return coverage (19.54).

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. 

Baldwin said on National Signing Day that he hoped to have between four and six tight end bodies by the end of spring ball. While Ragle will have Moos and Gavin Reinwald coming in, in the fall, currently he looks to be coaching a group that consists of just one player who was brought in as a scholarship tight end (Ray Hudson) and walk-ons Justin NorbeckKyle WellsJ.D. Hinnant (who was part-time lineman, part-time fullback last season) may also be part of that group, as well as former defensive end Kennedy Emesibe and fullback Frank Kapp. Among Ragle's top recruits during his time in Arizona were offensive linemen Keenan Walker and Michael Eletise, as well as top tight end Trevor Wood. Last season, Wood caught seven passes for 49 yards. Top Stories