Football: Two more defensive assistants named

New Cal coach Sonny Dykes added two more assistants on Friday, including defensive backs coach Randy Stewart, who worked previously at Berkeley.

Also on board is Barry Sacks, the appropriately named defensive line coach.

Stewart has coached college football for 32 seasons, including at Cal from 1997 through 2001, when his pupils included Deltha O’Neal and Nnamdi Asomugha.

“I’m unbelievably excited to be back at Cal,” Stewart said in a statement. “My first time around I loved this place. I see great potential. All of the pieces are in place now. You can recruit wherever you want to in the country. Cal brings a huge brand name. The university gets you in the door with everybody.”

Stewart spent last season as linebackers coach at Eastern Michigan after working from 2003 through ’11 at Fresno State, the final three seasons as defensive coordinator.

“We are fortunate to be able to hire a talented veteran coach such as  Randy Stewart with the wealth of experience and success he has had on the collegiate level as well as recruiting in California,” Dykes said. “He has had several impressive tenures with successful programs and we’re sure he will continue that run at Cal.”

Sacks comes to Cal from Nevada, where he spent the past 11 seasons — part of that time with new Cal defensive coordinator Andy Buh.

“Barry has been one of the top defensive coaches in the country for a long time,” Dykes said. “Having strong defensive line play will be crucial to our success on that side of the ball. He has had lots of success and developed several outstanding players throughout his career, and I especially like the familiarity he has with our new defensive coordinator Andy Buh from their time together at Nevada.”

“What we bring as a defensive coaching staff is that defensive coordinator Andy Buh and I have the same vision as to what the Cal defense is going to look like,” Sacks said. “Andy and I worked hand-in-hand together and were always on the same page during our time together at Nevada. We enjoy coaching together and are very productive.”



Jeff Faraudo

  • Raf

    So are we all set? All this talk about how easy it is to recruit… prove it. Close out strong and get some top kids (undecided or soft-verbals).

  • Big D

    OC-Franklin WR-Likens RB-Ingram OL-? QB-?

    Spec.Teams/Inside WR-Tommerdahl

    DC-Buh DL-Sacks LB-? DB-Stewart

  • Juancho

    Buh is coaching lbs. frankln qbs.

  • Calduke

    In Sonny We Trust