Football: Dykes adds 2 assistants to complete staff

At long last, Sonny Dykes has officially completed his new coaching staff.

The Bears announced the hiring of defensive ends coach Garret Chachere (pronounced sash-er-RAY) and offensive line coach Zach Yenser.

“We are excited that we have completed the process of hiring our coaching staff,” Dykes said in a statement. “We have a talented and skilled group of coaches that is like-minded and shares the same vision for Cal football, and we are confident that they will provide our student-athletes with the best resources and opportunity to succeed.”

Chachere, 43, has coached in college for more than two decades, working on both sides of the ball. He was tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Southern Miss last season, after three seasons as receivers or running backs coach at Arizona.

He also has worked at Memphis, Tulane (his alma mater), Northeast Louisiana, Nicholls State, Bucknell, Bloomburg and Cheney, where his assignments included working with linebackers and defensive backs.

Yenser, 29, is the fifth member of Dykes’ staff at Louisana Tech to come to Cal.  He was an assistant offensive line coach last season for a Bulldogs’ squad that led the nation in scoring and total offense.  Previously, Yenser was a graduate assistant on offense for two seasons at La Tech.

He was an offensive line consultant under new Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin at Auburn in 2008 and Middle Tennessee at 2009.

Yenser was a four-year starter at Troy, for whom he also began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant in 2007,  working with the line and special teams.

Click here for Cal’s full news release.


Jeff Faraudo