Chart: Jeff Tedford completes Fresno State coaching staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday March 07, 2017


Jeff Tedford has completed his full-time coaching staff at Fresno State for a second time.

After new defensive line coach Tony Tuioti left for Cal, Tedford hired Jamar Cain and again has his nine full-time assistant coaches. Here is the 2017 Fresno State staff.

The staff includes several coaches who previously played or coached under Tedford.

The first additions Tedford made came from UNLV with running backs coach Jamie Christian and defensive backs coach J.D. Williams. Both are former Fresno State players, and Williams coached defensive backs for Tedford at Cal from 2002-05.

Tight ends coach Scott Thompson is another former Fresno State player who played tight end under Tedford, who was then the offensive coordinator. Thompson was in personnel and recruiting at USC from 2010-15 and helped with tight ends and special teams this season.

UC Davis defensive coordinator Bert Watts will coach Fresno’s linebackers. Watts played under Tedford at Cal and later served as a graduate assistant.

For his defensive coordinator, Tedford turned to Canada for Orlondo Steinauer, who spent four seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Tedford faced his defenses twice in 2015 when Tedford was the BC Lions head coach. The results were a 52-22 Hamilton win and a 40-13 BC win.

Tedford brought Kirby Moore with him from Washington as wide receivers coach. Moore is Kellen Moore’s brother and coached receivers at College of Idaho in 2014.

Tedford turned to Michigan for Tony Tuioti, who spent one year in Ann Arbor after two years as a quality control assistant with the Browns. But after Tuioti went to Cal, Tedford hired Jamar Cain from San Jose State to coach the defensive line. Cain joined SJSU earlier this year and previously coached at North Dakota State, winning multiple FCS national titles.

The two other additions came from Eastern Michigan after the Bahamas Bowl. Offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer and offensive line coach Ryan Grubb helped lead EMU to its first bowl since 1987. The pair also coached together at the University of Sioux Falls (SD), where DeBoer led the program to three NAIA national titles in four years. Neither has much experience in California.

Tedford’s first three games as head coach next year will be against Incarnate Word, at Alabama and at Washington.

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.