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Justin Wilcox is one of the very famous and most trending personality nowadays in different social medias and on the Internet as well. Moreover, he is famous as an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at the University of California, Berkeley.
Born in Eugene, Oregon, Wilcox grew up as the younger of two sons on a family farm (wheat and cherries) in nearby Junction City. He played quarterback at Junction City High School and led the team to the 3A state title as a junior in 1993. He graduated in 1995 and considered Stanford and Arizona but followed family tradition and accepted a scholarship to Oregon under head coach Mike Bellotti.
After redshirting his first year at Oregon, Wilcox found himself buried on the depth chart and switched to defensive back. A nickel back as a redshirt freshman, he lost most the 1996 season to a knee injury. Additionally, Wilcox became a fixture at safety until his senior season of 1999, when he was asked to fill a void at cornerback. Moreover, he was invited to an NFL training camp with the Washington Redskins in 2000. But did not make the final roster. Wilcox graduated from Oregon in 1999 with a degree in anthropology.
Assistant coaching career
Wilcox began his career as a college football coach in 2001 as a graduate assistant at Boise State, under new head coach Dan Hawkins. Moreover, after two seasons as a graduate assistant, he left for the Bay Area. And that was to coach the linebackers at California under head coach Jeff Tedford. Furthermore, after three seasons at Cal, Wilcox returned to Boise State in 2006. And that was as the defensive coordinator under new head coach Chris Petersen. In four years the teams lost only four games, with a 49–4 (.925) record. And his defenses were statistically among the highest-rated in the nation.
Coaching Career in California
On January 14, 2017, Wilcox was introduced as the 34th head coach of the California Golden Bears. The Bears went 5–7 during Wilcox’s first year in 2017, with wins over North Carolina, Ole Miss, and #8 Washington State, and three losses by three points or fewer.
The Bears went 7–6 during Wilcox’s second year in 2018. After the Bears upset #15 Washington 12–10 and defeated USC 15–14 at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. And that was to snap a 14-year losing streak to the Trojans, the Bears lost 10–7 in overtime to TCU in the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl. Basically, the Bears’ offensive efficiency ranked as the second worst among all Power Five teams. Similarly, the Bears also became bowl-eligible two years in a row for the first time since 2009 in the 2019 season. After winning 24-20 to snap a 9-year losing streak to Stanford.
Wilcox is the son of Dave Wilcox, an All-Pro linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. And a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Inducted in 2000, he played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), from 1964 to 1974, all with the 49ers. Likewise, from Vale in eastern Oregon, Dave played college football at Boise Junior College, then transferred to Oregon in 1962.
Justin’s brother, Josh Wilcox, was three years ahead in school. And played tight end for the Ducks and two seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. Justin’s uncle John Wilcox also played in the NFL, since the early 1960s.
- Full Name: Justin Draper Wilcox
- Date of Birth: November 12, 1976
- Age: 43 years
- Birth Place: Eugene, Oregon, United States
- Record: 19–18
- Bowls: 0–1
- Teams coached: California Golden Bears football (Head coach, since 2017), etc.
- Education: Junction City High School, University of Oregon
- Title: Head coach
- Conference: Pac-12
- Record: 20–18
- Net Worth: $1 Million – $5 Million (Approx.)
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