March 26, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - Head coach Pat Hill is getting good at finding quality assistant coaches for his staff. After replacing nearly 40 coaches in his tenure, Hill had to replace his longest tenured assistant in special teams coach John Baxter, who left to become the Associate Head Coach at USC.
Hill announced the hiring of Pete Alamar, who has spent 12 seasons in the Pacific 10 Conference, the last seven as tight ends coach and specials teams coordinator at Cal. Alamar will coach those same positions at Fresno State.
"We are very fortunate to get Pete on board," said Hill. "He's coordinated specials teams in the Pac-10 for 11 years, he's been a Division I offensive coordinator and he's an excellent coach at the tight ends position. He's been a part of some very successful teams. He's a high-energy guy, a great teacher of fundamentals and understands our emphasis on special teams."
He's coached on four teams that won at least 10 games, twice at Arizona under Dick Tomey and twice at Cal, and been a part of 10 bowl teams.
During his time at Cal, Alamar coached some excellent specials teams performers, including All-American punt returner DeSean Jackson, who led the NCAA and set a Pac-10 record with four touchdown returns in 2006, while leading the nation with an 18.2 average. In all he produced players who earned All-Pac-10 honors (Bryan Anger, Jahvid Best, Mike McGrath and Byron Storer) for six straight years.
Alamar's special teams flourished during the 2006 season, when the Bears ranked fourth in the nation in punt returns (17.26) and eighth in net punting (38.27), and Sporting News rated Cal's special teams units as the best in the Pac-10 in its 2007 preview issue.
His role working with young punters was appealing to Hill, as the Bulldogs are bringing in the nation's No. 1 high school punter in Matt Darr from Bakersfield, Calif. In 2008 Alamar developed Cal's Bryan Anger who was as first-team Freshman All-American, was named second team All-Pac-10 honors and a Ray Guy Award semifinalist in his rookie collegiate season.
This past season the Bears were second in the Pac-10 in net punting and third in punt return average.
"I'm very excited about this position," said Alamar. "This is a great opportunity to work under a head coach in Pat Hill who I have a lot of respect for. We have the same coaching values and it comes from common threads from coaches we have known and worked with like Dick Tomey and Rich Ellerson. What Fresno State has done in special teams has been tremendous. I'm looking forward to being a part of that. I have known John Baxter for many years and we share a lot of the same philosophies, so I wouldn't expect us to make a lot of wholesale changes. I'm excited to get to know the guys during spring ball and start building relationships with the coaches and players."
Alamar has coached tight ends that have been selected in the NFL Draft in each of the last two seasons in Cameron Morrah (Seattle, 2009, seventh round) and Craig Stevens (Tennessee, 2008, third round) with Stevens also a two-time All-Pac-10 choice. In all six of his former tight ends played in the NFL, including Mike Lucky (Dallas), Brandon Manumaleuna (St. Louis and San Diego), Paul Shields (Indianapolis), Byron Storer (Tampa Bay).
Prior to joining the Cal staff, he served as offensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan for three seasons (2000-02) where he also coached tight ends and offensive line.
From 1993-99 he was on Tomey's staff at Arizona, beginning as a graduate assistant coach and working his way up. He was the specials teams coach from 1996-99, and also coached linebackers, defensive line and tight ends. While working with the defensive line at Arizona in 1993, the Wildcats led the nation in rushing defense and ranked second in the NCAA in total defense.
In 1994 he was the head coach of Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico. As a player, he earned three letters as an offensive guard/offensive tackle, one at Western Oregon and two at Cal Lutheran. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in physical education from Cal Lutheran in 1983.
Alamar and wife, Tina, have three grown daughters, Alicia, Alexandra and Amanda.
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