Michalczik Newest Husky Offensive Coordinator

Jim Michalczik (CalBears.com)

Word had spread to Dawgman.com Saturday evening about Washington's new offensive line coach, and the Contra Costa Times confirmed late Sunday night that Jim Michalczik will move from California's staff to become the Offensive Line Coach and Offensive Coordinator under new UW Head Coach Steve Sarkisian.

"It was an incredibly tough decision," Michalczik said Sunday night to Jonathan Okanes of the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times. "Leaving the Bay Area, leaving these kids, leaving coach (Jeff) Tedford, who gave me an opportunity here. This is a pretty good opportunity. It was literally too good to turn down."

Michalczik has agreed to stay with the Bears' staff through the Emerald Bowl on Dec. 27, much like Sarkisian staying with USC through the Rose Bowl.

Michalczik, 42, who was Cal's Offensive Coordinator in 2007, has a lot of roots in the state of Washington. He graduated from Port Angeles High School and played at Washington State. He's the second Cougar to join the staff, after Sarkisian hired Idaho defensive line coach Johnny Nansen.

Michalczik's wife, the former Jennifer Streatfield, played for the Washington volleyball team in the early 90's.

Cal's offensive line has produced 25 All Pac-10 Conference awards in the seven years Michalczik has been at Berkeley. He has averaged one first-team All-Conference lineman every year he's been coaching at Cal. In 2008 it was Alex Mack, who also made some first-team All-America lists.

This move helps to flesh out Sarkisian's staff, who are expected to be formally announced by the school in the next day or two. Because Sarkisian said during his initial press conference that he would be calling the plays, it's unclear how involved Michalczik will be in his OC role.

Other offensive coaches expected to come to Seattle right now but haven't been finalized include QB Coach Yogi Roth, who was USC's Quarterbacks Graduate Assistant. He worked closest with Sarkisian this past season in the day-to-day handling of the Trojan quarterbacks.

There haven't been any names talked about with respect to the running backs, but at receiver two coaches with UW ties have been mentioned. Former UW coach Eric Yarber, who is now at Arizona State, has been rumored to have been approached about the job, and former UW receiver D.J, McCarthy, now at LSU, has made it clear he'd be interested in talking to the Huskies about coming back to his alma mater.

For tight ends, a couple of names with UW ties have popped up: Rick Mallory, current OL coach at Memphis, was rumored last week to be in line to return to UW, the school he played at. But Dawgman.com found out Sunday night that he has not been contacted at all by the Huskies. The other name would be Chris Tormey, the lone holdover from former head coach Tyrone Willingham's staff. Right now coaching tight ends and acting as Special Teams Coordinator might be the role Tormey plays on this staff if he is to remain at Montlake.

Defensively, things look pretty set - although not official. Nansen appears to be headed to the defensive line, and calls through to the Idaho football offices confirmed that Nansen is no longer an employee of the Vandals. One of Sarkisian's first hires was linebacker coach Charlie Camp, who was a part of Desert Swarm at Arizona in the early and mid-90's. He's been to numerous colleges out west, including Idaho, San Diego State, Arizona, Oregon State, San Jose State, and most recently Nevada.

At the back end it appears Sarkisian has again tapped the USC GA well, going after current Mt. San Antonio College DB coach Demetrice Martin. Martin was the coach of current UW safety Jason Wells, and was the Trojans' secondary graduate assistant in 2006 and 2007.

As far as the Defensive Coordinator position, we've been able to confirm through information culled from sources in California that current USC DC Nick Holt was offered the job and declined, and now the job has been offered to current USC defensive backs coach Rocky Seto. It's presumed we will know shortly of Seto's decision to either accept the job or stay at USC.

Other names that has been linked to the defensive coordinator position include current Louisville DC Ron English and former New Mexico Head Coach Rocky Long.

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