Michalczik Returns to Cal As Offensive Coordinator

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Correction Appended

The wait is over.

After weeks of silence despite persistent rumblings, Cal has finally officially announced the return of Jim Michalczik as both offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

Michalczik, who served as Cal's offensive line coach from 2002-08. He spent the last two seasons working at the same spot for the Oakland Raiders. His return is balanced by the arrival of newcomer Marcus Arroyo, a former San Jose State signal-caller, as Cal's quarterbacks coach.

The pair solidifies the offensive coaching staff, which was joined by wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau - another former Cal staffer - earlier this offseason.

"My entire family is excited and fired up to be returning to the Cal football program," Michalczik said in a press release.

"I am thankful for the opportunity coach Tedford has provided me to return to his staff and resume working with him. I am proud of what we have accomplished at Cal in the past and am looking forward to what we can accomplish in the future."

The Bears also have reason to be excited about Michalczik's return, even if it continues a pattern of hiring familiar faces.

Cal won five of six bowl games during the last six years of Michalczik's tenure and produced 1,000-yard rushers in all seven. The team also averaged at least 350 yards of offense in each season, and ranked in the top 10 in rushing offense in 2004 and 2005.

Michalczik, who has spent 19 years coaching college football, also helped oversee the development of former Cal center Alex Mack. Mack, who was named to the All-Pac-10 first time three times, was named to the 2011 Pro Bowl Roster as an alternate.

This past NFL season, the Raiders ranked second in the league in rushing, sixth in scoring and 10th in total offense. The team fell outside the top 20 in each the previous season.

Arroyo, a relative newcomer compared to Michalczik, has spent the last two seasons as Wyoming's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He installed a new spread offense and ranked No. 7 in fewest turnovers lost (14).

"Marcus is a tremendous addition to our staff," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said in a press release.

"He has done an excellent job developing quarterbacks throughout his coaching career. He's young and enthusiastic, but he also has more than a decade of experience coaching and playing the position at the collegiate level. We're excited to bring him into our program."

Arroyo helped tutor San Jose State's all-time leading passer in Adam Trafalis in 2006.


Correction: Monday, February 7, 2011
A previous version of this article misspelled Jim Michalczik's name in the headline.

The Daily Californian regrets the error.

Jack Wang covers football. Contact him at [email protected]

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