McClure leaving Nevada to join staff at Cal

Published: Jan. 11, 2020 at 12:26 AM PST
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Cal head coach Justin Wilcox announced Friday that Angus McClure has agreed to become the Golden Bears' offensive line coach. McClure is considered one of the elite recruiters in college football and has 28 seasons of coaching experience, including 24 in the collegiate ranks at UCLA, Nebraska, Nevada, Buffalo and Sacramento State.

"Coach Musgrave and I were impressed with the knowledge Angus has on offensive line play," Wilcox said. "He really has everything we were looking for. Angus brings a tremendous amount of coaching experience in general with much of it on the West Coast and is one of the top recruiters in college football. He also has a deep understanding of the Pac-12, as well as working and recruiting at a UC school, which will help him hit the ground running and be successful at Cal."

"I am excited to be joining a football program on the rise under Justin Wilcox's leadership and am looking forward to helping bring in student-athletes that will be the right fit at Cal," McClure said. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me to work with an experienced group of talented offensive linemen and build upon the foundation that has been put in place over the last three seasons. It's also quite an honor to follow the legendary Steve Greatwood as Cal's offensive line coach."

McClure coached a total of three seasons at Nevada, working with the tight ends in 1996 before a two-year stint as offensive line coach and assistant head coach the past two campaigns in 2018 and 2019.

During his second stint at Nevada, he helped the Wolf Pack post back-to-back winning campaigns and play in a pair of bowl games (2019 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 2018 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl). McClure made an immediate impact with the Nevada offensive line in 2018 when the Wolf Pack boasted a 1.31 sacks allowed average that ranked 18th in the nation with a pair of honorable mention All-Mountain West linemen in Sean Krepsz and Jake Nelson leading the way.

In his first collegiate job at Nevada in 1996, the Wolf Pack earned the Big West Conference title, posted a 9-3 overall record, and won the Las Vegas Bowl. His tight ends produced a school-record 13 touchdowns and Nevada led the nation with 527.3 yards per game of total offense while topping the Big West in both rushing and passing.

McClure spent 11 seasons (1997-2007) under four head coaches at UCLA, where he started as the team's tight ends coach, and also served as the special teams coordinator and offensive line coach over five campaigns before coaching the defensive line for six. McClure also led the recruiting efforts which resulted in Bruin classes being ranked among the nation's top 20 during 10 of his 11 seasons.

McClure coached and recruited three first-round NFL Draft picks during his tenure in Westwood in Kenny Clark, Datone Jones and Takkarist McKinley, in addition to tutoring a number of other NFL players, including Jeff Baca, Jake Brendel, Nate Chandler, Kai Forbath, Cory Harkey, Mike Harris, Jeff Locke, Cassius Marsh, Kevin McDermott, Owa Odighizuwa, Logan Paulsen, Matthew Slater and Christian Yount.

Prior to his tenure at UCLA, McClure spent one season as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Buffalo in 2006. Running back James Starks was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News and selected by Green Bay in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, while offensive lineman Jamey Richard was taken by Indianapolis in the seventh round of the draft in 2008.

McClure spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons at Nebraska working with the squad's offensive tackles and special teams. The Cornhuskers defeated Michigan in the 2005 Alamo Bowl and McClure tutored a number of NFL-bound players including Sam Koch, Lydon Murtha, Chris Patrick and Matt Slauson.

Prior to his stint at Nebraska, McClure was an assistant head coach and offensive line coach for seven seasons at his alma mater Sacramento State (1997-2003), where he played a major role in record-breaking offenses that earned four Big Sky rushing titles (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002). During his tenure, the Hornets set 52 NCAA Division I-AA, Big Sky Conference, or school records. He coached 20 All-Big Sky conference honorees and had six of his student-athletes sign NFL contracts. A total of five Sacramento State players earned All-American honors and four were chosen to participate in college all-star games while he was with the Hornets.

McClure began his coaching career at McClatchy High School in Sacramento as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 1992-95 while also coaching the offensive line and tight ends.

In addition to his full-time coaching duties, McClure has served as a guest coach in several NFL training camps with Buffalo (2006, '07), Dallas (2013), San Diego (1997, 2011, '12), San Francisco (1996, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '02) and Seattle (1998).

McClure played football at Sacramento State from 1987-91 before graduating from the school with a bachelor's of arts degree in Liberal Studies in 1995. He was on the 1988 Hornet team that advanced to the NCAA Division II championship semifinals with the offense averaging 486.0 yards per game.

McClure was a four-sport letterwinner at San Rafael High School in football, basketball, baseball and boxing, as well as a team captain, and never had a losing season in any sport.

McClure and his wife, Erin, have two sons, Hamish and Malcolm.