Posted: 01/23/2013 8:05 PM
BERKELEY – Head coach Sonny Dykes announced the completion of his 2013 football coaching staff Wednesday with the hiring of Garret Chachere (defensive ends) and Zach Yenser (offensive line).
“We are excited that we have completed the process of hiring our coaching staff,” Dykes said. “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.”
Garret Chachere, Defensive Ends (pronounced sash-er-RAY)
Chachere will be the defensive ends coach after compiling more than two decades of experience coaching at the collegiate level in a variety of roles that has seen him work on both sides of the ball and with special teams, most recently in 2012 as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Southern Miss. Four of the last six teams Chachere has coached have played in bowl games.
Chachere spent the three previous campaigns at Arizona (2009-11), with the Wildcats playing in bowl games each of his first two seasons in Tucson at the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl and Valero Alamo Bowl, respectively, when he worked with the team’s receivers. Arizona was the nation’s ninth-ranked passing offense in 2010 (307.69 ypg) with David Douglas catching 52 passes for 515 yards and five TDs and fellow receiver David Roberts contributing 44 catches for 487 yards. Chachere tutored the running backs in his third campaign when the Wildcats had the 16th-ranked team nationally in total offense (465.25 ypg). One of his pupils was Ka’Deem Carey, who in 2012 evolved into a consensus first-team All-American and the nation’s top rusher with 1,929 yards (148.38 ypg) after a strong freshman season the previous year under Chachere’s tutelage.
Prior to his arrival in Tucson, Chachere spent two seasons as the special teams coordinator at Memphis (2007-08), with the Tigers advancing to play in the New Orleans Bowl in 2007 and the St. Petersburg Bowl in 2008.
In 2008, Chachere helped the Tigers rank 22nd nationally in punt return defense (5.68 ypp), while also being listed among the national leaders in net punting (38th, 36.30 ypg) and kickoff return defense (42nd, 20.01 ypg). Placekicker Matt Reagan was 8-of-11 on field goals and also converted 31-of-32 extra points to lead the Tigers in scoring (55 points) for the second consecutive season. Reagan earned two Conference USA Player of the Week honors.
Memphis returner Michael Grandberry set nearly every school kickoff return record in 2007, including single-game yardage (168 vs. Southern Miss), single-season returns (59), single-season yardage (1,286) and career 100-yard return games (8). He also set the Tigers' all-time records for combined kickoff and punt returns (112) and yardage (2,401).
Chachere spent eight seasons at his alma mater Tulane from 1999-2006, where he coached the Green Wave linebackers throughout his tenure and was the team’s punt return coordinator for his first five seasons. In 2002, the Green Wave defeated host Hawai’i in the Hawaii Bowl.
During his stint at Tulane, Chachere helped develop linebacker Anthony Cannon, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Cannon earned first-team All-Conference USA honors in 2005 and logged four straight 100-tackle seasons en route to ranking third all-time in Conference USA in tackles at the end of his collegiate career.Chachere also recruited current Chicago Bears' running back Matt Forte to Tulane. Forte was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NLF Draft and played in the Pro Bowl in 2011.
He was a member of the 2005 Tulane coaching staff that endured Hurricane Katrina. Chachereprovided leadership throughout the team’s Hurricane Katrina evacuation and return to campus facilities.
In 2002, Tulane’s defense led the nation in turnovers gained (43) and was also the punt return coordinator for a group that finished second nationally (17.29 ypr). Lynaris Elpheage earned first-team All-Conference USA honors as punt returner, ranking fifth nationally in punt returns with a 16.5 yard average.
Prior to his eight-year run at Tulane, he spent the 1998 campaign at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe), where he was the tight ends coach and worked on the same staff as current Cal head coach Sonny Dykes.
He was at Nicholls State as the linebackers coach from 1995-97, with the Colonels earning a spot in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1996 when they posted an 8-4 overall record after being winless the previous season to mark the biggest turnaround in Division I history at the time. One of his top players at the school was Darnell Small, who would go on to play in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League.
Chachere began his coaching career at Tulane as a student assistant in 1991 before subsequent one-season stops at Cheyney (defensive backs/running backs), Bloomsburg (defensive backs/receivers) and Bucknell (defensive backs/special teams coordinator) prior to his three-season stint at Nicholls State.
Chachere has been active throughout his coaching career with the American Football Coaches Association. He served as the organization’s program committee chairman at the 2007 AFCA National Convention, while providing his expertise on linebacker play by speaking at the 2008 convention and publishing several articles on the subject in the AFCA coaches handbook.
A native of New Orleans, La., Chachere played two seasons of college football in his hometown at Tulane in 1987 and ’88, and was a member of the Green Wave’s 1987 Independence Bowl team under then-head coach Mack Brown. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Tulane in 1992. Chachere also prepped in New Orleans at Brother Martin High School, where he was his team’s MVP and a captain as a senior in 1986. He also earned the New Orleans Sports Foundation Leadership Award in his final prep campaign.
Chachere is married to the former Lauren Duplessis. The couple has three sons – Grant, Noah and Jackson.
Zach Yenser, Offensive Line
Yenser was the assistant offensive line coach at Louisiana Tech in 2012 for a squad that posted a 9-3 record and led the nation in both scoring offense (51.50 ppg) and total offense (577.92 ypg), while ranking third in passing offense (350.75), seventh in fewest sacks allowed (0.83 spg) and 17th in rushing offense (227.17 ypg).
He spent his first two seasons at Louisiana Tech from 2010-11 working with the offensive line as a graduate assistant after having previously been an offensive line consultant under Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin at Auburn in 2008 and Middle Tennessee State in 2009. Yenser was also a consultant at Texas Tech prior to the 2012 campaign.
Offensive linemen earned four first-team All-WAC honors during Yenser’s three seasons with the Bulldogs, with Stephen Warner earning the honor in both 2011 and 2012, Kris Cavitt in 2011 and Jordan Mills in 2012. Oscar Johnson, Kevin Sia added second-team all-conference honors in 2012.
Prior to arriving at Louisiana Tech, Yenser spent the 2009 season as an assistant coach at Colquitt County High School, where he helped guide the Packers to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the Georgia 5-A state semifinals.
He was also an offensive line coach at Henderson State in 2008, where his line allowed only 13 sacks in 430 attempts and the offense racked up 13 school records and one All-Gulf South Conference selection.
Yenser began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, Troy, where he was the offensive graduate assistant for the 2007 season, working specifically with the offensive line and special teams and helping the Trojans to a share of the Sun Belt Conference title and post an 8-4 overall record. The Trojans led the Sun Belt in scoring offense (34.00 ppg) and total offense (452.83 ypg), with a national ranking of 16th in the latter.
Yenser was a four-year starter at Troy and at one point appeared in 42 consecutive games from 2003-06 before graduating from the school with a bachelor’s degree in communication and fine arts in 2007. He helped the Trojans win the Sun Belt title and the New Orleans Bowl as a 2006 senior when he was a team captain and all-conference selection.
Yenser received his master’s degree in science with a concentration in sports performance from Louisiana Tech in 2012.
Yenser married to the former Beth Graham in 2009 and the couple has one son, Graham, born in 2012.
Posted: 01/23/2013 10:36 PM
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