Football: Cal hires former Pro Bowl WR Wes Chandler as new receivers coach

Cal’s new receivers coach caught 559 passes for 8,966 yards and 56 touchdowns in the NFL.

The athletic department confirmed Wednesday night that Wes Chandler, a former 4-time Pro Bowl selection, has been hired to replace Eric Kiesau as receivers coach.

Give him credit, for all the upheaval the program has experienced the past 72 hours, it took Jeff Tedford one day to hire a new receivers coach.

Chandler, 55, spent in 11 seasons as a player in the NFL. He also coached receivers for six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns, and worked in NFL Europe, where he was head coach of the Berlin franchise in 1999.

“Wes is a quality person who brings all of the things to the table that Cal stands for,” coach Jeff Tedford said in a statement. “He’s a great football coach who is an outstanding technician. Just as importantly, he cares about the kids off the field.”

Chandler, saying he shares Tedford’s visions for the game, called it “a perfect marriage for me.”

A couple of Cal’s wide receiver recruits greeted the news with enthusiasm.   Chris Harper of Crespi High in Encino tweeted, “Just got off the phone with the new reciever coach, can’t wait to meet him.”

Bryce Treggs of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, told ESPN, “I just talked to him, seems like a cool dude.”

Most recently, Chandler worked for Football University, which provides professional coaching to top prospects by invitation.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    We went with an old ass coach nobody knows. I hope hes awesome. I had my hopes up for that collins guy.

  • Kent

    Significant upgrade at WR coach – Chandler was a great NFL WR….Ambrose as secondary coach and Chandler as WR coach is great for Cal!

  • Juancho

    Ill be honest im hung up on his age. 56 seems a little up there. But whatever. Hopefully he keeps our recruits and is great.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Juancho, “nobody knows” Wes Chandler? Yeah, he’s old compared to many, but this was one serious WR in the NFL. Any kid that does his homework will be impressed.

    I was actually a bit none too enthused with the idea of 85’s coach, a real off field conduct inspiration.

    Chandler is a significant hire, IMO.

  • Juancho

    Thanks wisdom. Hopefully hes great.

    Fyi washington had in home visit withvanother receiver of ours tonight, kenny Walker. They visited jordan payton last night. Theyre visiting a lot of our guys and its damn unnethical.

  • Suttree

    Nobody know Wes Chandler? Bro I am 26 and I know the guy is legend. He worked at FBU with Collins so he should know the same kids but he has more NFL experience.

  • Juancho

    Treggs has an official visit to ucla this weekend fyi. Theyre trying to get shaq thompson to do it but its a long shot.

  • Suttree

    Funniest part about that being unethical is this quote from one of their other new coaches.

    New UW asst Keith Heyward RE: poaching commits from former school Ore St: “No, I won’t. That would be unethical.”

    BWAHAHA scumbags.

  • Eric

    I hear the Treggs visit is perfunctory – he lives down the street and is doing it as a matter of course, but that he is a strong lean staying at Cal.

  • c98

    I wouldn’t call it perfunctory. One reason he’s going is to party w/diddy’s kid, which has got to be fun – who can blame him for wanting to do that. I bet the other thing he’ll be doing in fucland is getting up in McCarthy’s ear about coming back to Cal, plus trying to poach whatever other players he can.

    Treggs is a legacy who bleeds blue (real blue, not that periwinkle whatever the frrk it is babyblue) and gold.

  • randumbear

    Wes cares about the kids off the field! Yes! He stands for everything our great university stands for! Not like the jerks at UW! Parents of recruits: Keep your kids away from UW. They’re poor, shady characters. You want your kids to play for honest coaches like Tedford.

  • rollonubears

    I really like this hire. Wisdom is key, and he’s loaded with it. Parents will like it, too. I agree, some kids might be taken back by the age at first, but the guy’s a legend, and seems elated to be here, too. That’s a great combo.

  • rollonubears

    pony up for a D-line coach and let’s make this the best class in golden bear history!

  • Jim

    Great hire, a big upgrade from the previous low-life who didn’t do much … the inability of the receivers to get open was horrible … the kids need a “technician” who can actually teach them and he’ll have great material to work with.

    Maybe the passing game can be more than run around and toss to KA by the green Chevie. He’ll have a lot to say about the QB actually being able to throw the ball decently to receivers who are open.

    has outstanding professional creds as player and coach and has been working with top kids most recently

    wtf is the stuff about his age … ???

  • rollonubears

    Incoming freshman relate well to young guys, that’s all.

  • rollonubears

    freshmen. ugh.

  • MoreNCsarecoming
  • Yoda

    Thanks Amy. I was just wondering who read it to you. Daddy?

  • MoreSanctionsComing

    Poor attention-starved little Amy. Pathetic loser. No life. Attention-starved. Obsessed.

    Hater who wasn’t smart enough to go to Cal or USC. Sad.

  • Suttree

    Funny part is as GBears she claimed she graduated from Cal in 1978 on ESPN boards a bit ago. She got laughed off and continued lying until someone asked her when she graduated from USC as MoreNCs.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    I know it was talking to the press, where Tedford spoke of how a recruiter is a mouthpiece for the program and the school, so not much really changes when a position coach leaves. That is both true and logical.

    Unfortunately, 17-18 year old BMOCs are rarely logical. The school colors, the uniforms, the shoes, and the number of slutty groupies has a much bigger impact on the majority of them. It takes one significant mouthpiece to either keep them realizing the actual reasons to choose a school, or (as in the case of the Os, Oregon and Orgeron) show them the shoes and sluts as often as possible.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    20.Suttree Says:
    January 19th, 2012 at 9:47 am
    Funny part is as GBears she claimed she graduated from Cal in 1978 on ESPN boards a bit ago. She got laughed off and continued lying until someone asked her when she graduated from USC as MoreNCs.


    This is a lie!!!!!! That is not me. Put up the link please.

    This why the “staters” are disliked by all.

  • randumbear

    Wow. I’m surprised that Sark hasn’t thrown 1/2 a mil at Chandler yet. But course he can’t buy chandler because he is a guy of integrity and ethics, everything UW does not stand for!

  • Juancho

    There’s a new Armstead interview out on nbcsports.

    He lists us still in the top 4. However now he also added “and there are some other options out there too”.

    He will not enroll early anymore. What a waste. He could have been in spring practice with Kline.

    If we hit it out of the park with the D Line coach hire we will keep him. If Shaq stays this class will stay put.

    I can’t wait to boo the hell out of Washington and Lupoi next year, and every year.

  • Juancho

    FYI, Jordan Payton tweeted that Collins (the WR coach candidate) would be a dream come true. That he grew up knowing him and is like an uncle.


    He hasn’t posted anything about our hire. While the other receivers have.

    He has posted that the weather in Washington sucks.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Shaq just put you guys #3. HAHAHAHAHA.

    Before this is over he maybe coming to USC. He may want to compete afterall.

  • Juancho

    Interesting comment from one of our WR commits, Kenny Walker, and what his dad thinks.

    “My dad was a little bothered I think. He said he wished Tosh had told us earlier what was going on and didn’t get how he could sell another program so fast after being with Cal for so long. It’s definitely a weird situation and I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty confused right now. I feel like I’m basically having to start all over again but I have a visit set up for (Jan. 27) and we’ll see how it goes.”

  • H8sRed

    Wes Chandler is a brilliant hire. A fact not really highlighted in any of the coverage or comments is that he was an Academic All American at Florida. Translation: he can teach his receivers Pro Bowl quality techniques, and he can help them to achieve academically at a top-tier school like Cal.

  • BlueNGold

    Yesterday, moron posted this:

    “What a pathetic, whiny fan base. Football is played mano y mano. Competitors compete and competitors win.

    First you guys lamented having bad facilities. Now you got your facilities you lament not being able to pay assistants.

    It is always one excuse for losing after another with your program.

    I am about ready to leave for good. I come on here to read inspirational news and to engage with a fan base that wants to compete and all I read is a bunch of crybabies.”

    Today, moron posts this:

    “Shaq just put you guys #3. HAHAHAHAHA.

    Before this is over he maybe coming to USC. He may want to compete afterall.”

    Yet another in a long line of broken troll promises. Does this miserable excuse for a person ever speak the truth?

  • rollonubears

    Juancho, I think Chandler and Collins worked together for years, and if Collins and Payton worked together for years, they no doubt all worked together. Maybe he doesn’t like Chandler, but I think he will. Anyhow, not the end of the world if he leaves, but it’d be great to have him.

  • Juancho

    True. Its more about the domino effect for me.

    By the way shaq is looking at oregon bc of armstead. Oregon is the next school to start a new quarter or semester. And thats making armstead think a lot more about them.

    Those two guys are real close. But theyre real close with kline. Theyve been talking about college together for years. Kline will be huge here.

    Its kline vs tosh vs nike

  • Dan

    From Tedford –

    “It kind of amazes me the attention this (Lupoi leaving to UW) is getting, because there’s a lot of staffs that have coaching changes,” Teford said by phone Wednesday. “Things are so different now with social media. If one recruit tweets something, then all of a sudden millions of people seem to follow it, lock onto it and it spreads like wildfire. It’s a very interesting phenomenon.”

    He’s amazed this is a big deal? That’s one more thing he’s clueless about.

  • Rollonubears

    What is this thing they call Internet? Is curious, yes?

  • Juancho

    I had the same reaction to Tedford and his “Twitter” “Phenomenon” comment. He realizes the internet is here to stay right ?

    And it’s not just a truck you can load stuff on to. It’s not even just a series of tubes either.

    It’s a minor thing. But to me I just wish he would open up practices. Open the program back up to the fans.

    I’d love to take some of the kids I coach to practices. Maybe they’d have a reason to root for Cal. Instead of just being the school that only the “smart kids” think about.

    I think sometimes we forget how kids think about college and how Cal can be intimidating to most kids that aren’t super focused academically. Stanford has gotten around this because of Luck and their recent success. We started to get around it with Rodgers.

  • Juancho

    This new coach better get busy.

    WR commit Jordan Payton is visiting Washington this weekend.

    WR commit Bryce Treggs is visiting UCLA this weekend.

    WR commit Kenny Walker is visiting UCLA this weekend.

    WR commit Cedric Dozier is visiting Washington State this weekend.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Please, please visit UW this weekend, Payton. Hope you wear thermals.

  • Suttree

    MoreNCsarecoming Says:
    January 19th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    20.Suttree Says:
    January 19th, 2012 at 9:47 am
    Funny part is as GBears she claimed she graduated from Cal in 1978 on ESPN boards a bit ago. She got laughed off and continued lying until someone asked her when she graduated from USC as MoreNCs.


    This is a lie!!!!!! That is not me. Put up the link please.

    This why the “staters” are disliked by all.

    That is funny because I have seen both aliases respond to Amy. You both happen to have the same name I guess?