Q & A with Offensive Coordinator Jim Michalczik

Feb. 21, 2007

BERKELEY - California assistant head coach and offensive line coach Jim Michalczik was promoted to offensive coordinator earlier this month announced by head coach Jeff Tedford. Michalczik joined the Cal staff upon Tedford's arrival in 2002. As the team's offensive line coach, he has been integral in the development of one of the most potent offenses in the nation. The Golden Bears are one of just five teams to rank in the top 25 in scoring in each of the last five years. In 2006, Cal led the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the nation in scoring with 32.8 points per game. Last season also marked the third straight year that the Bears climbed into the Top 10 in the national rankings.

Describe your offensive philosophies?To have a great offense you have to be able to strike any part of the field in multiple ways at any time, and you have to be physical. We want to be a talented, multi-dimensional and explosive offense next season.

Describe your personal life philosophiesThrough football I've been able to surround myself with good people. I believe good things happen to people who work hard and continue to take their passion to a higher level.

What drives you to succeed?Competition. In football you get tested and challenged every week. It's being involved in that chess match; it's about seeing young players develop on and off the field.

What made you want to be a coach after your playing days at Washington State?I've always wanted to be a coach. From my early days of playing football I've been blessed to be around and watch so many great coaches. After college I talked with my coach and he thought it would be a great move for me. Shortly after he hired me on as a graduate assistant, and ever since then I have been hooked on the college game.

How has being a former player helped you in your career?Being a former player I have a better understanding of what's going through their minds and their perspective of things. I really enjoy helping them become better players and ultimately help them succeed in life.

How does your family help you succeed in coaching?My family is an amazing support system. My wife, Jennifer, was a volleyball coach and a former player in the Pac-10, so she understands the commitment and energy of what it takes to be at this level. Being a coach is not a 9 to 5 job, it's a lifestyle. I couldn't ask for a better support system than from my family. I couldn't do it without them.

Who were some of your early influences when you decided to be a coach?Some of my influences were my baseball coach from my junior league days. Certainly though, Dennis Erickson from my time at Miami, has been a big factor in my life. I still continue to learn from different coaches in this profession of what it takes to be better. I truly have been blessed to be around some of the game's greatest coaches.

How was being a part of a national championship staff at Miami influenced your career?One of the biggest things I took away from being at Miami was how close you can be to getting it and not getting it. To win a national championship you have to prepare yourself everyday. You have to be the best you can be on a consistent basis. Football is a game of inches and you have to work and improve on the little things on a daily basis. And if you do those things, good things will happen.

What are going to be the strengths of the Cal offense next season?We have a lot of good people coming back. We certainly lost a lot of good people on offense like Marshawn. But we have Justin Forsett in the backfield this year and should be productive. Nate (Longshore) will be back as well. He has steadily improved since being a starter. And lastly we have a phenomenal receiving corps. If we can put some things together, we can do some real damage next season.

If you weren't coaching, you would be...I would be a teacher. But if I wanted to make money, I would go into business.

Finish this statement: 'Cal Football ______'Is class ... integrity ... hard work ... high expectations ... competitive ... team work.

What kind of hobby, passion, or interest do you have that someone may not know, or be surprised to hear?Football is my hobby. But there is nothing like spending time with my wife and kids. I take my sons to the golf courses and driving ranges and just have so much fun with them there. That is the most important thing for me - spending time with my family.

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