The California Golden Bears announced today that they hired Tony Tuioti as their new outside linebackers coach - Tuioti was previously hired at Fresno State to be Jeff Tedford's defensive line coach in December.
In Tuioti's short stint with Fresno State, he was the lead recruiter for multiple defensive linemen signed in the 2017 class. Four future Bulldogs committed and signed to play on the defensive line in this class - T.J. Mauga, Damien Degruy, Emeka Ndoh and Richard Cage.
Tuioti was considered an impressive hire by Fresno State around the college football world at the time. His previous stop was as Jim Harbaugh's Director of Player Personnel at Michigan. Scout.com National Director of Recruiting Brandon Huffman called Tuioti a "great pickup" and a "huge reason" why Michigan was able to compete for specific recruits.
In a press release from Cal today, Tuioti said, “Working at Cal for a coach like Justin Wilcox was an opportunity I could not pass up. I have a tremendous feeling about the positive direction Cal is headed, and I really wanted to be a part of that and contribute all I could to a football program with tremendous potential.”
The Golden Bears' new head coach Justin Wilcox added, in the release, “Tony has a tremendous resume that showcases his diverse skill set and abilities both on and off the field. Not only is he an excellent coach, but the experience he has as a director of player personnel will be a tremendous benefit to us in the structuring and organization of our recruiting operation. Finding someone with a skill set as unique and diverse as Tony’s is challenging. We are fortunate that we have found that in Tony and are looking forward to his contributions to our program.”
Tuioti will be coaching outside linebackers under former Fresno State head coach and current Cal defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter's 3-4 scheme.