Dismissed by Cincinnati earlier this year, Art Kaufman has officially landed on his coaching feet.
Cal confirmed in a press release Wednesday afternoon that Kaufman has been hired as Sonny Dykes’ new defensive coordinator. The move comes exactly two weeks after the Bears’ 2013 coordinator, Andy Buh, was demoted.
“After an extensive search and evaluation process, we have identified one of the top coaches and teachers in the business to join our staff at Cal,” Dykes said in a statement. “Art has a tremendous amount of experience and an excellent track record in significant roles on the defensive side of the ball at the highest level of college football. He is a great fit at Cal as he shares in our philosophy of developing players to their fullest potential both on and off the field, while being an excellent teacher in all aspects of the game.”
Cal will mark the fourth different program for which Kaufman has served as coordinator in as many years. Those previous stops included North Carolina (2011), Texas Tech (2012) and Cincinnati (2013).
He was nominated for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant, in 2011 and 2012.
While Kaufman has been in charge of quality defenses at each his last three stops, he’ll be hardpressed to make the same claim in 2014. In 2013, Dykes’ first season with the program, the Bears finished 122nd (out of 123 teams) in scoring defense (46.8 ppg), 122nd in total defense (529.6 ypg), 123rd in pass defense (341 ypg) and 86th in rush defense (188.6 ypg).
“’m thrilled to be joining the Cal football coaching staff and believe that my coaching experience will help our defense improve quickly,” Kaufman said. “I’m looking forward to building a strong defense that will make significant contributions to our success as a football team. Sonny Dykes is in the initial stages of building a tremendous football program at Cal, and it’s great to be part of that process early on.”
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