HEAD COACH JUSTIN WILCOX
Justin Wilcox has already
compiled a long list of
signature wins in his fi rst
three seasons as the
head football coach at
Cal, leading the Golden
Bears to back-to-back
winning seasons and
bowl games each of the last two years for the fi rst
time since 2008 and 2009. His teams have produced
victories over all but one of the other fi ve schools in the
Pac-12 North and been winners in road games at all
three of the Bears’ Pac-12 opponents in California. The
Bears have also taken down a top-15 team in each of
Wilcox’s fi rst three seasons.
Wilcox began his third campaign at Cal in 2019 with
four straight wins to move the Bears to No. 15 in the
AP Top 25 and No. 16 in the Coaches Poll. The victories
included road wins at then No. 14/12 Washington and
Ole Miss with the latter the fi rst road triumph by a Pac-
12 school at an SEC foe since 2010. The two signature
wins helped the Bears to a 4-2 mark in true road games
to give Cal back-to-back winning seasons on the road
for the fi rst time since 2004 and 2005.
A strong defense led by national Defensive Player of the
Year candidate Evan Weaver and an offense that has
taken care of the football, produced explosive plays and
had a penchant for game-winning drives have been the
keys to success in 2019.
Wilcox, who signed a new fi ve-year contract in
December of 2018 that will extend through the 2023
campaign, guided the Bears to the
Cheez-It Bowl in 2018 with the bowl
appearance Cal’s fi rst in three years
and fi rst in a Pac-12 affi liated bowl since
2011. Cal posted a 7-6 overall record in
2018 and won four of fi ve Pac-12 games
at one juncture while reaching a highwater
mark of 7-4.
The highlights of Wilcox’s fi rst season
as Cal’s head coach included a 3-0 start
and non-conference wins over Power 5
programs North Carolina and Ole Miss,
as well as a 37-3 victory over then No.
8/9 Washington State. The victory against the Cougars
snapped Cal’s 17-game losing streak to top-10 teams,
was the Bears’ fi rst victory against a top-10 squad
since 2003 and only its second top-10 win since 1977.
Cal fi nished 5-7 overall in Wilcox’s fi rst season as the
head coach at Cal.
Wilcox was also instrumental in securing a seven-fi gure
gift to the school’s football program from former Cal
quarterback and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers.
The gift was used to renovate the football locker room
and create the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship that
will be awarded annually to a junior college transfer,
who like Rodgers came to Cal after one season at Butte
College near his hometown of Chico.
Wilcox made his objectives clear at his opening press
conference in January of 2017.
“The goal here is pretty simple,” Wilcox said. “It is to
consistently compete for championships, graduate
our student-athletes and leave them with a fulfi lling
experience in Berkeley.”