TUCSON, Ariz. – Veteran collegiate and NFL assistant coach Jim Michalczik (muh-hall-CHECK) will join the University of Arizona football staff as the Wildcats’ offensive line coach, it was announced by head coach Rich Rodriguez on Tuesday.
Michalczik comes to Arizona after spending nine seasons over two stints on the California coaching staff from 2002-08 and 2011-12, serving his first seven campaigns with the Golden Bears as the offensive line coach and his final two as the team's offensive coordinator in addition to his offensive line duties. He was a member of the Oakland Raiders staff in 2009-10, serving as offensive line coach.
Michalczik has a combined 23 campaigns of experience in the collegiate and professional coaching ranks, including a total of eight winning seasons and seven bowl games with the Bears. The play of Cal's offensive line under Michalczik’s direction from 2002-08 and again in 2011 and 2012 was a key factor to the Bears posting a 69-45 (.605) record during the nine-year period.
Current NFL players Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz of the Browns, along with Brian De La Puente (New Orleans Saints), are among the 12 former Cal offensive linemen that played for Michalczik to be signed by NFL teams. Others that have spent time on NFL rosters include Justin Cheadle, Mike Gibson, Ryan O'Callaghan, Aaron Merz, Marvin Philip, Erik Robertson, Mike Tepper, Scott Tercero and Mark Wilson.
Prior to joining Cal in 2002, Michalczik spent three seasons at Oregon State coaching the tight ends, while also serving as special teams coordinator and an assistant coach on the offensive line. The Beavers posted their first winning season in 29 years in his first campaign in Corvallis in 1999.
Michalczik was also the offensive line coach for seven seasons at Montana State from 1992-98 after beginning his coaching career with two campaigns (1990-91) as a defensive line coach at Miami (Fla.). The Hurricanes won the 1991 national title after posting an unbeaten 12-0 season. In 1990, Miami was ranked fourth nationally and finished with a 9-2 mark.
He is a 1988 graduate of Washington State, including an appearance in the 1988 Aloha Bowl as a member of the Cougars’ offensive line. A native of Port Angeles, Wash., Michalczik and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Max and Chase.