Cal Announces Keith Borges as Tight Ends Coach

Feb. 21, 2001

Cal head coach Tom Holmoe announced today that Keith Borges has been hired as the program's new tight ends coach. He replaces Shaun Kraft, who will fill administrative functions in the program.

Borges comes to Cal with 17 years of coaching experience on the college level and a substantial resevoir of experience in Cal's new offensive system. He is the brother of Cal offensive coordinator Al Borges, who joined the Golden Bear staff in early January.

'Keith is a good, solid football coach with an excellent background and a good reputation as an offensive coach,' said Holmoe. 'Our main priority was in putting together an offensive staff that understands and embraces the new system we're installing,

Keith, obviously, understands this system forward and backward. He'll be a big help as we move forward.'Borges spent six seasons as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Merced Junior College. He worked there from 1993 through the 1997 seasons, then spent two seasons as running back coach at Cal State Northridge, and returned to Merced for the 2000 season in the same position as his earlier stint.

Among the players, Borges helped develop at Merced were standout running backs Odell Collins, who went on to a fine college career at Georgia, and Reuben Droughns, who currently is with the Detroit Lions after an All-Pac-10 career at Oregon.

Borges began his coaching career at Antioch HS where he served during the 1982 season. He then was a student assistant coach while attending classes at Cal State Sacramento from 1983 to '85.

After spending five years in the business profession, he returned to coaching as an outside linebackers coach at Portland State under Pokey Allen in 1992. A year later, he accepted the position at Merced JC.

Holmoe also confirmed that no other changes on Cal's offensive staff will be made. 'Al feels real good about the offensive coaches on our staff and we anticipate no other changes as we gear up for the season,' said Holmoe.

The head coach did indicate that cornerbacks coach Al Simmons has resigned to accept a similar position at Oregon State. He said he hoped to name a replacement in the next three weeks, prior to the start of spring football practice on March 19.

'We're sorry to see Al go, but he received a major pay upgrade and it was an offer that was too good to turn down,' said Holmoe. 'Having Randy (Stewart) return for his fifth season as our secondary and safety coach allows us the stability we need to continue without missing a beat.'

Cal begins spring practice on Monday, March 19 and will continue through the final Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Saturday, April 21. The team will practice on Mondays, Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays during the spring drill period, but will take a one-week hiatus during the school's spring break the week of March 26.

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