Cal Football Hires LaCharls McDaniel as Special Teams Coach

March 12, 2001

Berkeley, CA - Cal head football coach Tom Holmoe announced Monday (March 12) that he has hired LeCharls McDaniel as the team's new special teams coach.

McDaniel comes to Cal with a wealth of experience on both the college and professional levels, both as a player and a coach. He spent the last three seasons as the Washington Redskins special teams coach, where he worked under Norv Turner.

The appointment marks a change in Cal's coaching structure as McDaniel replaces Al Simmons, who served as the Golden Bear cornerback coach last season. While McDaniel will aid current secondary coach Randy Stewart with the defensive backs, his primary duties will be overseeing Cal's entire special teams efforts, including the kickers and punters. Last year, Cal used an assortment of assistant coaches on different special teams with head coach Tom Holmoe helping oversee the entire area.

'The vacancy on our staff gave us the flexibility to place a higher emphasis on special teams, if we could find the right person for the spot,' said Holmoe. 'When we found out that LeCharls had an interest in returning to the college environment, he became a perfect fit. He's really a solid coach and his background on special teams is exactly what we need.'

McDaniel coordinated the Washington Redskins special teams the past three seasons. During the 1998 season, the Redskins led the NFC and were second in the NFL in net punting. In '99, the Skins' Brian Mitchell led the NFL in combined kickoff return and punt return yardage.

A Northern California native, McDaniel starred as a defensive back at Seaside HS in Monterey. He then went on to help Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to a Division II national championship in his senior season in 1980.

After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in social sciences and industrial relations, he went on to play four seasons in the NFL. He signed a free agent contract as a cornerback with the Washington Redskins and played there the 1981 and '82 seasons. He was a member of the Redskins '82 Super Bowl team his rookie season. McDaniel closed out his pro career with the New York Giants, spending the 1983 and '84 seasons with the Giants.

McDaniel began his coaching career at Hartnell Junior College, where he coached the secondary and also served as the school's head softball coach for three years from 1986-88.

He then was offered a job by Dan Henning as the San Diego Chargers assistant special teams coach. Working with Larry Pasaqueri, McDaniel helped the Chargers rank No. 1 in the NFL in overall special teams in 1990.

After three seasons with the Chargers, McDaniel accepted an offer at his alma mater from current Cal defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich, who was then the head coach at Cal Poly SLO, to become the Mustangs secondary and special teams coach. He spent the 1992 and '93 seasons at Cal Poly before returning to the pro ranks and serving under Joe Bugel as the Phoenix Cardinals wide receiver coach in 1993 and '94. He worked with some of the top pass-catchers in the NFL during his two seasons there, including Gary Clark, Ricky Proehl and Randall Hill.

In 1994, he accepted a position back in the collegiate ranks. He became the special teams coordinator and secondary coach on Ted Toller's San Diego State staff in '94 and '95.

He then was wooed back to the NFL and spent the 1996 seasons working in the front office staff of the Philadelphia Eagles as a pro personnel scout. The next season, Norv Turner asked him to join the Washington Redskins organization, first as an administrative assistant and defensive assistant in 1997 and then moving onto the field fulltime the last three seasons.

McDaniel said he was pleased to join the Cal staff. 'I've wanted to return to the college game, where there's a chance to do some real teaching and an opportunity to see young men grow and mature,' said McDaniel. 'Being able to come back to my home area and be a part of a program that appears to be on the verge of great things is a great situation for me. I'm excited about joining the Cal staff and helping the program contend for the Pac-10 title.'

McDaniel will travel from the East Coast later this week and be on hand for the start of spring football practice next Monday, March 19.

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