Kiesau to Coach Receivers at CU

Eric Kiesau will become the new wide receivers coach at Colorado, the Buffalo Sports News has learned. Kiesau comes to CU from Cal-Berkeley, where he served as the Golden Bears' wide receivers coach the past four seasons.

Though Kiesau couldn't be reached for comment, he recently accepted the Colorado position, according to a source close to the situation.

Kiesau, 33, coached several successful receivers at Cal in recent years. In 2004, Cal wide out Geoff McArthur set Golden Bear career marks in receptions and receiving yards. The year before, McArthur was second in the nation in receiving (85 catches, 1,504 yards), and was named a second-team All-American.

This past season, Kiesau coached two talented newcomers at Cal, JC transfer Lavelle Hawkins and former Long Beach Poly prepster DeSean Jackson.

Cal head coach Jeff Tedford hired Kiesau from Utah State, where Kiesau coached running backs (2000) and receivers (2001).

Born in Pasadena, Calif., Kiesau has ties to southern California, as prior to starting as quarterback at Portland State as a senior in 1995, he earned JC Gridwire All-American status at Glendale Community College in '92 (in SoCal), and coached high school in southern California.

With Kiesau coaching receivers, it appears Darian Hagan will coach running backs and Kent Riddle will oversee special teams and tight ends.

It's also notable that with Kiesau on board the new Colorado offensive staff includes coaches from three of the most prolific college offenses in recent years: Boise State, Arizona State and California.

Colorado Football Staff
Position
: Name (title, school 2005 season)
Head coach: Dan Hawkins (head coach, Boise State)
Offensive coordinator: Mark Helfrich (QB/passing game coordinator, Arizona State)
Running backs: Darian Hagan (offensive assistant, CU)
Wide receivers: Eric Kiesau (wide receivers, California)
Special teams/tight ends: Kent Riddle (running backs/special teams, BSU)
Offensive line: Chris Strausser (offensive line, BSU)
Defensive coordinator: Ron Collins (defensive coordinator, BSU)
Defensive line: Romeo Bandison (defensive line, BSU)
Linebackers: Brian Cabral (linebackers, CU)
Secondary: Unknown
Director of operations: David Hansburg (director of ops, CU)
Strength and conditioning: Greg Finnegan (strength and conditioning, CU)


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